The Hamilton/Halton chapter of RASC participates in a number of public service roles that include:
Scouts Canada – provide guidance and curriculum to scout leaders which help scouts learn about astronomy and earn merit badges/pins. This also applies to Cubs.
Girl Guides – provide guidance and curriculum to guide leaders which help guides learn about astronomy and earn merit badges/pins. This also applies to Brownies.
Elementary and Secondary schools – provide guidance and curriculum to teachers with the hope that they will pass this on to their students. Visiting schools and classrooms as guest speakers on a variety of astronomical topics. And offering observing events in the evenings if requested.
Libraries – provide in-service to libraries in an effort to assist them with goals such as telescope loaner programs. Visiting libraries as guest speakers on a variety of topics.
Light Abatement Initiatives – working with various levels of government, we participate in committees dedicated to reducing light pollution and at the same time, save energy and taxpayer dollars.
Fun Observing – provide observing opportunities to summer camps and kids camps.
Sidewalk Astronomy – provide an easy opportunity for the general public to get a look through a telescope; often for the first time!
Astronomical Events – conduct observing sessions for popular observing events, such as solar and lunar eclipses, the Venus transit and the Mercury Transit.