links, and links to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Geocaching is a brand new Merit Badge! -
|Geocaching requires prior parental permission for requirement #7.|
|Geocaching merit badge|
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|1. Do the following:
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:
6. Describe the four steps to finding your first cache to your counselor. Then mark and edit a waypoint.
7. With your parent’s permission*, go to www.Geocaching.com. Type in your zip code to locate public geocaches in your area. Share the posted information about three of those geocaches with your counselor. Then, pick one of the three and find the cache.
8. Do ONE of the following:
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.
| A FREE workbook for Geocaching is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
- Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
- "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
- Simple pdf instructions: http://www.geocaching.com/articles/Brochures/EN/EN_Geocaching_BROCHURE_online_color.pdf
- Geocaching.com video: What Is Geocaching? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4VFeYZTTYs
- Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.geocaching.com/faq/
1.a. Geocaching hazards
1.b. cuts, scrapes, snakebite, insect stings, tick bites, exposure to poisonous plants, heat and cold reactions (sunburn, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, hypothermia), and dehydration.
1.c. GPS Activity Planning including using the buddy system, sharing your plan with others, and considering the weather, route, and proper attire.
2.a. Why you should never bury a cache.
2.b. Geocaching etiquette when hiding or seeking a cache, and how to properly hide, post, maintain, and dismantle a geocache.
2.c. Leave No Trace
3. Glossary of Terms: http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx
- Waypoint: http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx#Waypoint
- Cache: http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx#Cache
- Attributes Icons: http://www.geocaching.com/about/icons.aspx
Examples of additional terms are included above such as Muggle, ROT13 Code, etc.
- Benchmarks: http://www.geocaching.com/mark/default.aspx
- Datum: http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx#datum
5.a. Map and compass
5.b. See links above: Map and compass - GPS
5.c. Universal Transverse Mercator: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Transverse_Mercator
- Latitude/longitude system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_coordinate_system
5.d. Plot a UTM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Transverse_Mercator#Locating_a_position_using_UTM_coordinates
6. Four steps to finding your first cache: http://www.geocaching.com/about/finding.aspx
- How to Go Geocaching: http://www.wikihow.com/Go-Geocaching
- Waypoint: http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx#Waypoint
- Types of Geocaches: http://www.geocaching.com/about/cache_types.aspx
- Video: What does a Geocache Look Like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDSBXSofsck
- Video: Introduction to Geocaching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcFvoU7b92Q
8.a. Cache to Eagle
8.b. Travel Bug: http://www.geocaching.com/track/faq.aspx - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel_Bug
8.c. Hiding Your First Geocache: http://www.geocaching.com/about/hiding.aspx
- Cache Guidelines: http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx#TOC
- Cache Maintenance: http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx#maint
8.d. Cache In Trash Out: http://www.geocaching.com/cito/default.aspx - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache_In_Trash_Out
9. Sample Geohunt scavenger hunt with multiple waypoint: http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/GeoHunt.html
- Outdoor Skills Awards
- Boy Scout ranks: Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class
- Boy Scout awards: Firem'n Chit - Totin' Chip - Paul Bunyan Woodsman
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Astronomy - Backpacking - Camping - Canoeing - Climbing - Cooking - Cycling - Fire Safety - Hiking - Orienteering - Pioneering - Rowing - Weather - Water Sports - Whitewater - Wilderness Survival
- Venturing: Outdoor Bronze Award; Ranger Award electives: Backpacking
- Webelos Activity Badges: Forester - Naturalist - Outdoorsman
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Astronomy - Map and Compass - Weather
Sports and Fitness Awards Sports-related awards
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Archery - Athletics - Climbing - Cycling - Fishing - Fly Fishing - Golf - Horsemanship - Orienteering - Rifle Shooting - Shotgun Shooting - Skating - Small-Boat Sailing - Snow Sports - Sports - Swimming - Water Sports - Whitewater
- Venturing: Sports Bronze Award - Quest Award; Ranger Award electives: Cave Exploration - Cycling - Equestrian - Fishing - Hunting - Mountaineering - COPE - Shooting Sports - Winter Sports
- Webelos Activity Badge: Aquanaut - Athlete - Sportsman
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Archery - Badminton - Baseball - Basketball - BB-Guns - Bicycling - Bowling - Fishing - Flag Football - Golf - Gymnastics - Ice Skating - Marbles - Roller Skating - Snow Sports - Soccer - Softball - Swimming - Table Tennis - Tennis - Ultimate - Volleyball
Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements – with the revision dates, diagrams, charts, checklists, logs, and links you need.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Merit Badge FAQ – answers dozens of questions like: Who can be a counselor? Can requirements be added or removed?
- Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval – Certain requirements need prior approval. Most do not. Here is the list.
- Also see: Most Popular Merit Badges – Merit Badge Policies – Eagle-Required Merit Badges – Merit Badge Days
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. (See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for additional details.)