Guides Geocaching BadgeWith Activity Resources
This exciting Guide Interest Badge will take you the adventure of geocaching, where you can enjoy the freedom of being outside and identifying new places. All you require is a handheld GPS device and a sense of fun.
Below are the requirements of the GirlGuiding Guide Interest Badge Geocaching, as can be found in the guide badge book, to help follow the resource link next to each part you will also find the Geocaching Scout UK PowerPoint Presentation. (7-Zip to uncompress this PowerPoint is free) this can also be run at a meeting at will help explain the hobby in great detail.
You’ve got to geocache them all
Geocaching is a treasure hunt that uses coordinates to direct you to hidden containers called caches. It started with just one cache hidden in America. Now, more than 2.5 million caches are waiting to be found worldwide.
1. Geocache Goal
You’re going on the hunt for caches. Set yourself a goal of how many caches you’re going to find. Make it challenging, but doable, to stretch your navigation skills. Don’t worry, you don’t have to find them all in one day!
Before you go out, make sure you have GPS on a phone or other device, or have a map to help you. Look up the geocaching rules and etiquette, too.
Then, get out there and find them! Keep count of how many you find. (Click for Resources)
2. Create a cache
It’s time to create, hide and register your own cache.
Be creative! Think about what to put in it and whether you want it to have a theme. It could complement the surroundings, or be about something that interests you.
Don’t forget to label it clearly and put a pencil and log sheet in the cache so people can record when they’ve visited it. Make sure the cache, is waterproof and hardwearing, and hide it in a safe and legal place.
Why not wait a few weeks, then check to see if anyone’s found your cache? (Resources)
3. Spread the word
Now you know how much fun geocaching is, spread the word and tell people why you enjoy it.
Take someone geocaching with you who’s never been before, create a trail of caches for friends or come up with your own ideas for how to tell others. (Resources)