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OK, August 9th my Troop (I am an ASM) are getting to gether to discover GC. The SPL, a PL, a fromer PL and instructor are all part of the youth in my family. I believe there will be 10 to 15 boys, 6 GPSr's available. We want to stay in the immediate area.

 

In a park nearby, there are about 8 to 10 caches. 6 are part of a Quasi Multi-cache, actually a series.

 

How do I divide the boys up? It is a four hour event, should they all seek seperate caches and not dulicate each other?

 

I got the previous SM hooked and the troop got him a GPS III+ as appreciation for his efforts. His son is now hooked and I believe a good number of the boys, who from descripton of GC thinks it's hokey, will find it a blast! I just want to make sure they do.

 

[This message was edited by Baloo&bd on July 25, 2003 at 02:07 PM.]

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I was never in the scouts so I wouldnt know anything about no stinking badges. But, I do work at a group home for juvenile males and I got them geocaching. When I first described what we were gonna do they werent so hot on the idea, but after doing just one and not being able to find a second they were all hooked. Hog wild to be exact.

My suggestion would be to look at the cache page of the caches that are in this park and tell each group what to get out of each one. Hopefully the cachers have been logging what was put in and taken out. This way you know they made it to their destinations. Another idea would be, if you had the time beforehand, is to go and put something in each cache beforehand and make them take that. Like a page that says something like "to be taken on Aug. ninth by scout troop whatever". Or you could always have them take cameras and take pics at each site. But anyways those are my ideas. Good luck.

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I have doing geocaheing seminars in my area for a few months now for the general public. In my case I have 8 caches in a local park. THese are an assortmant of cache styles which give them an understanding of how caches are hidden. All these are listed on the geocache web site so that they may be loged after being found. The local cachers like these because they are all just over .10 miles appart.

 

Start with a lecture and show them what the caches may look like, make up some samples so the scouts will have an idea of waht to look for.

 

Print out the cache information on each one and give them a copy.

 

Split them up into as many teams as you can manage, this way you do not a 15 scouts all looking for the same cache at the same time and trampling the plants etc.

 

IF you have time when the teams are finished, set up two teams and heve each team hide a cache from each other and let them try finding each others cache.

 

I also hand out Geocaching buttons after my seminars that I had made up by http://bumblebuttons.com/index.asp

the prices are very good for custom buttons.

 

Good luck

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I'm a scout and our group did a mini find type of thing. our leader has his etrex, a troop etrex and my 12xl. programmed a bunch of coords and then we write what we found there. we did this in patrolls. we then a week or 2 after, went camping and we sijested we go find one as a troop. we did find 2 icon_smile.gif, to finish it all off. we created our own cache and hid it close to our usual meeting place so we check on it every meeting or 2. Heres the url for our cache if anybody is nearby. sory, too sleepy to do a nice url http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=c6a5870d-a1cb-41a1-8785-177e603cf7d4

 

.:Canoe Head:.

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I'm a scout and our group did a mini find type of thing. our leader has his etrex, a troop etrex and my 12xl. programmed a bunch of coords and then we write what we found there. we did this in patrolls. we then a week or 2 after, went camping and we sijested we go find one as a troop. we did find 2 icon_smile.gif, to finish it all off. we created our own cache and hid it close to our usual meeting place so we check on it every meeting or 2. Heres the url for our cache if anybody is nearby. sory, too sleepy to do a nice url http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=c6a5870d-a1cb-41a1-8785-177e603cf7d4

 

.:Canoe Head:.

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In October, the North Star District will be holding its annual Camporee, this years theme is GeoScouting, which we define as GeoCaching with Scouts. My Venture Crew will be conducting one of the events, where each patrol will be given a GPS, some instructions in the form of GPS training and explanation and a task to find one of 15 caches. The event will not be timed, older boy patrols successfully completing the first part will be given an additional opportunity to use their compass to find an additional cache at an exact heading and distance from the first. The first cache will contain a log book and a small flag, when returned to the beginning full points will be awarded and each patrol can keep the flag for their patrol flag pole.

We held our first staff training event yesterday, where 6 Crew members were introduced to the sport all went well and they were all enthusiastic about geocaching. I'll fill in more details when they are set and if there is any interest, just let me know. See; http://kaiserklan.com/roundtable for more information.

YIS -- Keith

 

-- the GeoScouter

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I just did a Geo-Bingo with Scouts at our Spring Camporee. Ended up having tornado warnings, thunder, lightning and lots of rain which out a serious damper on the turn out but those that participated had a ball!

 

It was very easy to set up and I made it a GC event and had 25 volunteers show up with their GPSr's to "escort" groups of scouts to help them learn what to look for, how to use a GPSr and answer any questions they had.

 

The caches were set up on a loop so they would end at the same place they started. Everyone understands the concept of Bingo so that part was a breeze. If anyone wants more specific info email me marozecki@comcast.net

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I just did a Geo-Bingo with Scouts at our Spring Camporee. Ended up having tornado warnings, thunder, lightning and lots of rain which out a serious damper on the turn out but those that participated had a ball!

 

It was very easy to set up and I made it a GC event and had 25 volunteers show up with their GPSr's to "escort" groups of scouts to help them learn what to look for, how to use a GPSr and answer any questions they had.

 

The caches were set up on a loop so they would end at the same place they started. Everyone understands the concept of Bingo so that part was a breeze. If anyone wants more specific info email me marozecki@comcast.net

 

This sounds fun. I'm a cub leader. My family and I geocache and love it. I've had another cub and his mom join us and they really like it. I'm going to get a cache together for the Pack to maintain and track. I think this will be a lot of fun for them. Thanks for the idea...I have a son who's a Boyscout too.

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I've done a similar type of activity with kids of that age but with a much shorter time schedule. I had access to 22 E-Trex units. What I did was hide about 12 temp caches with different levels of difficulties to find. I pre-programed the coords on each GPS, which were also numbered. The kids were put with a partner and given a GPS after they were instructed about geocaching and how a GPS worked (about 10 minutes). Then I sent the kids out to find a simple cache. Each cache had little stickers in that the kids collected and put on their name tags when they found the cache. After finding the cache, they would come back to our central meeting place and get a different GPS with their choice of an easy or hard find. Several of the caches were very camouflaged and micros to large containers. All of the caches were within .1 mile from the meeting place (part of a Y camp facility). Some kids found 7 of the caches in about 30 minutes. All of the other kids not in the activity wanted to know how to get the nametag stickers, especially the older kids that at first were "too cool" to be doing the little kid's activities. I even had to find more stickers and rehide some caches for all of the kids that wanted to do it during their free time. Because of the time constraints, I spent very little time explaining the connection between GPSrs and the Internet, TBs, logging finds, etc. At the end of the activity I gave each kid that wanted one a handout explaining a lot more about geocaching. Since then I have had parents calling me to find out more about it, coming to their churches or schools and doing the presentation again. I have also been told I will do the activity again next year. It was the hit of the weekend camp.

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At the Candian Jamboree last year this is what we basically did.

 

Since we were expecting up to 15 patrols per prgram session of about 3 1/2 hours we created 15 separate routes of about 8-10 caches each with various difficulties.

 

the first 25 mintues was a ten minute bit of how the GPS worked and what the GPSr did. We used a large blow up globe and some string and got the scouts to be "satilites" illustrating the how you need 3 or more satilites to find your position. The 15 minute bit was about geocaching, and travel bugs, and a small plug for geocaching.com.

 

We then had each patrol assigned to a Venturer or Rover to specifically explain the idea of following the arrow to a cache and how to select the waypoint. And off we went. At each cache the one GPSr would go to someone else, so everyone basically have the same experience. Each patrol also had a clipboard of their GPS coordinates and hints like you would find on the GC website.

 

In total we had about 50 caches that were all large coffee tins, but it gave them the scouts a brief introduction to geocaching and how the Global Positioning System worked. We had some Scouters with their own GPSr's and they were able to follow along as well. this method can be brought down to the group by going out a week before the meeting or whatever and finding 10 or so caches or making your own and sending them through. We emphasized the "treasure hunting" aspect of the game to make it more appealing to the youth.

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