The new geocache badge is appearing during the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts. This from the official site of Boy Souts of America… For our 100th Anniversary Celebration, the BSA is tapping into the fun and excitement of geocaching. Here are a few highlights of what Scouts will learn while earning Geocaching merit badge:
- Precautions necessary to have a safe time while searching for geocaches
- Geocaching etiquette and how the principles of Leave No Trace apply
- Geocaching terms
- How GPS technology works
- Steps for finding and logging a cache
- How to use geocaching.com, the official online home of geocaching
The Boy Scouts of America has developed five geocaching activities for the Get in the Game! program.
- Pillars of Scouting – “Travel Bugsr” that go from cache to cache around the nation to highlight core Scouting values. Please note: There are five pillars per council. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough to supply each unit.
- Cache to Eagler – BSA districts across America are hiding caches to showcase some of Scouting’s great gifts to America, Eagle Scout service project sites. Learn how this program started at Geoscouting.com.
- Treasures of Scouting – Caches around the country that showcase Scouting people and programs: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Scouting Alumni, and Volunteers.
- Race to 2010 – Pinewood Derby cars are zooming around the nation. It’s not too late to join in the fun! Start your engines today!
- Cache In Trash Out – Partnering with Geocaching.com, Scouts join in a single day of service throughout America.
Boy Souts are asking for volunteers interested in helping out – See more at http://scouting.org/100years/100years/Geocaching.aspx. See Also Geocaching.com