Geocaching Merit Badge for Boy Scouts
Courtney is Caching with the Cubs, and is joined by a Cub Scout Troop in the studio. Andy ‘HeadHardHat’ Smith explains the new Scouting Merit Badge program.
The new Merit Badge program, announced in 2010, is an excellent guide to learning Geocaching for ANY person, regardless of age or gender. The knowledge, safety and fun factors are essential skills that need to be developed to safely explore the fun family hobby.
Geocaching is especially well matched to RVing families, since it can be adapted to a wide range of ages and skill levels, and make a fun and family safe vacation exploring the outdoors. RVNN.TV features geocaching on the regular show Geocache Radar, which features a cache and attractions at various locations all over North America.
2. Discuss the following with your counselor:
3. Explain the following terms used in geocaching: waypoint, log, cache, accuracy, difficulty and terrain ratings, attributes, trackable. Choose five additional terms to explain to your counselor.
4. Explain how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Then, using Scouting’s Teaching EDGE, demonstrate the use of a GPS unit to your counselor. Include marking and editing a waypoint, changing field functions, and changing the coordinate system in the unit.
5. Do the following:
8. Do ONE of the following:
a. If a Cache to Eagle® series exists in your council, visit at least three of the 12 locations in the series. Describe the projects that each cache you visit highlights, and explain how the Cache to Eagle® program helps share our Scouting service with the public.b. Create a Scouting-related Travel Bug® that promotes one of the values of Scouting. “Release” your Travel Bug into a public geocache and, with your parent’s permission, monitor its progress at www.geocaching.com for 30 days. Keep a log, and share this with your counselor at the end of the 30-day period. c. Set up and hide a public geocache, following the guidelines in the Geocaching merit badge pamphlet. Before doing so, share with your counselor a six-month maintenance plan for the geocache where you are personally responsible for the first three months. After setting up the geocache, with your parent’s permission, follow the logs online for 30 days and share them with your counselor. d. Explain what Cache In Trash Out (CITO) means, and describe how you have practiced CITO at public geocaches or at a CITO event. Then, either create CITO containers to leave at public caches, or host a CITO event for your unit or for the public.9. Plan a geohunt for a youth group such as your troop or a neighboring pack, at school, or your place of worship. Choose a theme, set up a course with at least four waypoints, teach the players how to use a GPS unit, and play the game. Tell your counselor about your experience, and share the materials you used and developed for this event.