Geocaching Challenge – Battlefield District Spring Camporee

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What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Volunteers and Feedback are needed

Take the Survey

Participating Troops and Packs should complete this survey to help us prepare for this event. Let us know if you are attending or can volunteer to help others with their GPS.

About this Challenge:

Below is a general description of the challenge.  More specific details and rules will be provided to you at the start of the event at the headquarters.

  1. This event will involve a night time hunt.  
  2. Participants will be organized by patrols or dens.
  3. Each Patrol or Den will be challenged to prove their technical skills and knowledge.
  4. Each participating Patrol/Crew or Den will use the following items.
    • A GPS or Smartphone (Android or iPhone) with GPS capabilities per Patrol/Crew/Den.  See details below about smartphones.
    • Flashlights
    • Pen or Pencil
    • Compass
    • Whistle
    • First Aid Kit
    • Water
  5. If your patrols/dens do not have a GPS, then indicate this in the survey so you can be provided a unit at the event.
  6. Be Prepared!  If your unit has one or more GPS or has access to a GPS capable smartphones then bring them to the event.  Learn how to use that device as a GPS prior to attending the event.   This will involve knowing how to enter coordinates to create and find waypoints using the built-in map or compass.  Not all GPS devices allow you to enter coordinates and create waypoints. Be sure that your device does have this capability.
  7. Troop or Pack leaders should complete the survey prior to attending the Camporee.  The survey may allow us to assist you prior to the event.
  8. At the start of the event, all Patrols/Dens and members are required to sign in at the headquarters.  Basic instructions and rules of the hunt will be provided at that time.
  9. The buddy system will be strictly enforced.
  10. Each Patrol/Den will be provided instruction sheets containing specific coordinates for the starting points for each geocache. Geocaches will NOT be posted on the site.
  11. You will be required to enter the coordinates of the geocache starting points or stages into your GPS device to complete the hunt.
  12. Night reflectors may exist to mark “the way” and assist each Patrol/Den to find the geocache.  Bring your flashlights.
  13. When you find the geocache, sign the logbook within the cache and return the geocache to its original location.
  14. When your quest is complete, return safely to the headquarters and sign back in.
  15. Bring your Blue Cards to get credit for the Merit Badge Requirements that you may satisfy.  See resource links below for obtaining those requirements and additional information.

Using Smartphones to Geocache:

A smartphone is a mobile phone and may have GPS capabilities.   Examples of smartphones include iPhones or Android Phones.  These phones can run apps on them.   You can download apps to find geocaches.  Some apps are free and others cost money.    The following free apps are recommended to use in this event.

iPhone Apps

Android Apps

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