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#1 kianlo

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:09 PM

I'm not in scouting, so if I'm wrong, sorry. I think there is a geocaching merit badge. I'm spending some time with my nephew soon who is in cub scouts. If possible, it might be cool to work on it with him. Anybody know any particulars?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:20 PM

Yeah. It's for Boy Scouts, not Cub Scouts. Wish there was a Cub Scout belt loop that could be earned for it. Beans would have it already 10x over.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:31 PM

but 'ol high tech teasure hunt is fun for All ages. I did one for my pack a few years ago down in Camp Sienna. It was a hit. Andy, if you nephew is coming here, I can send you what I did for the cubs.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:42 PM

I've taken the den locally and the pack at campouts, but did it very informally. No doubt they loved it. Refreshing seeing them view cheap swag as true treasure and really getting into it. I'd love to see what you did.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:47 PM

I did conduct several orienteering events for the cubbies and Webelos of which geocaching was a part. In fact we hid a geocache that is still maintained by the Pack in the spring area 1324's First. It was a pretty popular event for kids and adults on the Pack Campouts. I was always amazed how nobody knew how to use a compass. I guess it's a skill that has diminished over the years with digital age.

For the Cub Scouts the whole thing was a game of treasure hunting with a FTF prize...They loved it.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

hey KR... what did you use for an FTF prize?
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:46 PM

Here's a link

http://meritbadge.or....php/Geocaching

(or at least a URL)

My boys did the merit badge mostly at summer camp, but several boys in the troop needed to do some caching when they got back to finish things off, so Tealcat and I took a group out searching in and around the University.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:17 AM

hey KR... what did you use for an FTF prize?

A compass, Silva or Brunton
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 07:54 AM

Here's a link

http://meritbadge.or....php/Geocaching

(or at least a URL)

My boys did the merit badge mostly at summer camp, but several boys in the troop needed to do some caching when they got back to finish things off, so Tealcat and I took a group out searching in and around the University.


WOW!!! They don't exactly make it easy to get a merit badge, do they?!?!??!!!!!

I don't think I could get that merit badge, yet. I guess I could use it as a goal.

Thanks for the help folks.

And No, Greg, we're going there (Waxahachie).

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:57 PM


Here's a link

http://meritbadge.or....php/Geocaching

(or at least a URL)

My boys did the merit badge mostly at summer camp, but several boys in the troop needed to do some caching when they got back to finish things off, so Tealcat and I took a group out searching in and around the University.


WOW!!! They don't exactly make it easy to get a merit badge, do they?!?!??!!!!!

I don't think I could get that merit badge, yet. I guess I could use it as a goal.

Thanks for the help folks.

And No, Greg, we're going there (Waxahachie).


No they don't make it easy. My son's got a little over a year to go before he's a Boy Scout (he's a Weblos I right now.) And I wish they had a beltloop for it.

I've taken my son's Den on a few Geocaching hunts while out camping. Heading out to Stephen F Austin Park tonight for our winter camp out, and will probably take them to some of the caches in the park.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:02 PM

I think it is a shame that this badge is as complicated as it is. Don't get me wrong I am not a fan of the dumbing down scouting or any other program like that. The problem is that there are certain badges in scouts that have a reputation for being easy. The problem is that most of these badges are merely a meet the requirements and they never use it again. Fingerprinting is a good example. This badge is one of the harder ones I have seen. If it was more along the average or slightly easier than average I think a lot of boys would do this and be exposed to the hobby. As it is, only the ones who already cache are going to bother to get the badge.

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