I am a Junior Girl Scout Leader and I volunteer for the Cub Scout Day Camp in our area.
Our family recently started geocaching and would like to introduce it to the scouts here. My daughter and I are working making it a "Troop Badge" (since there is no formal badge for it in our council or GSUSA) and my son thinks it would be a fun event for day camp.
For Girl Scouts one of the requirements is it has to include at least 8 activities. Girls must complete at least six to earn the badge. Other requirements are:
it has to have a community service aspect (I'm thinking "Cache in, Trash out" will work for this)
you have to do or produce something (find and place a cache would work for this)
document it (logging it on to geocaching.com)
That is 4 activities and I would need at least 4 more.
Others I am considering are:
History of geocaching
What at GPS is and how it works
Other uses for a GPS
Anyone else have any other ideas? We have the geocaching.com dvd and will use that for the technical/history info.
For the cub scouts, I am thinking of setting up a couple of caches. Teaching them how the GPS works. Since we have all levels of scouts, teach them to decode the clues, then have them find them. For the cubs, it will not serve as a belt loop or pin, but we can do the compass info also to have them work on the map and compass belt loop.
Any other ideas, helpful hints? We would appreciate them!