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  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Suffolk County Council Cub Pow-Wow 2011 1

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Geocaching is relatively new

    It's a high-tech treasure hunt

    It started in 2000 by an engineer in Portland,

    Oregon

    In less than a decade, it has grown to over six

    million active players

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    What is Geocaching?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Players hide and seek containers called caches

    or geocaches

    Then they go online to report what theyve

    found and give clues to others that might want

    to seek what they just hid

    It's fun, challenging, and interesting for

    individuals, families, and groups

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    What is Geocaching?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Geo-Scouting is the partnership of Scouting and

    Geocaching

    It can be used to help promote recruiting,

    retention, advancement and public relations of

    your Cub Scout Pack

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    What is Geo-Scouting?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Plan ahead - In their excitement players may not be as careful as they should be

    Dont place a cache in an area that may lead to a dangerous situation

    Stay far from road traffic and railroad crossings

    Dont place a cache higher than six feet or require any dangerous climbing to reach the cache

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    Geocaching Rule #1: Be Safe

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Dont require players to swim to reach a cache

    Use the buddy system

    Always use Two Deep Leadership

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    Geocaching Rule #1: Be Safe (continued)

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Use Geocaching to teach Scouts how to have

    fun, but Leave No Trace

    Hide a cache, but never bury one in the ground

    Avoid sensitive eco-systems

    Remember players will often make a beeline for

    the cache, trampling vegetation in the vicinity

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    Geocaching Rule #2: Respect the Environment

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Place caches so that they can be reached through existing trail access

    Dont place caches in archeological or historic sites

    Dont deface any object, natural or man-made

    Avoid hiding caches in light post bases, sprinkler heads, and other similar objects to keep them from being torn apart

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    Geocaching Rule #2: Respect the Environment

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Get permission from land managers to use parks or Scout camps for your events

    Dont put caches on National Park land or National Wildlife refuges

    Do not place caches in or near military installations

    Dont place caches on elementary or secondary school property

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    Geocaching Rule #3: Respect Private Property

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Dont place caches on or near highway bridges,

    dams, government buildings, or airports

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    Geocaching Rule #3: Respect Private Property

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    As with everything we do in Scouting, Geocache

    abiding by the Scout Oath and Law

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    Geocaching Rule #4: Be a positive ambassador

    for Scouting

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Plan ahead and prepare

    Travel and camp on durable surfaces

    Dispose of waste properly

    Leave what you find

    Minimize campfire impacts

    Respect wildlife

    Be considerate of other visitors

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    Geocaching and the Leave No Trace Principles

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Be prepared! Remember food and water, and

    clothes to protect you from cold, heat and rain

    Use maps to plan where youre going. Check

    them along the way so youll stay on course and

    wont get lost

    Learn about the areas you plan to visit

    The more you know, the more fun youll have

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    Leave No Trace - Plan ahead and prepare

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Walk and ride on designated trails to protect

    trailside plants

    Do not step on flowers or small trees. Once

    damaged, they may not grow back

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    Leave No Trace Travel on durable surfaces

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Pack it in, Pack it out. Put littereven crumbs,

    peels and coresin garbage bags and carry it

    home

    Use bathrooms or outhouses when available

    Keep water clean. Do not put soap, food, or

    human or pet waste in lakes or streams.

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    Leave No Trace - Dispose of waste properly

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you

    find them so others can enjoy them

    Never destroy any natural setting whether

    hiding or seeking a geocache

    Dont place caches in places that may cause

    others to disturb the natural setting when

    searching for them

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    Leave No Trace - Leave what you find

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    If you want to have a campfire, be sure its permitted and safe to build a fire in the area youre visiting

    Use only existing fire rings to protect the ground from heat. Keep your fire small

    Remember, a campfire isnt a garbage can. Pack out all trash and food

    This is not really relevant for Geocaching but is good to know!

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    Leave No Trace - Minimize campfire impacts

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Observe wildlife from a distance and never

    approach, feed or follow them

    Human food is unhealthy for wildlife and

    feeding them starts bad habits

    Protect wildlife and your food by securely

    storing your meals and trash.

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    Leave No Trace - Respect wildlife

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Be considerate when passing others on the trail

    Keep your pet under control to protect it, other

    visitors and wildlife

    Listen to nature. Avoid making loud noises or

    yelling. You will see more wildlife if you are quiet

    Be sure the fun you have outdoors does not bother

    anyone else. Remember, other visitors are there to

    enjoy the outdoors too

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    Leave No Trace - Be considerate of other visitors

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

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    How does GPS work?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-

    based global navigation satellite system that

    provides location information in all weather,

    anywhere on or near the Earth using four or

    more GPS satellites

    The GPS project was developed in 1973 to

    overcome the limitations of previous navigation

    systems by the U.S. government

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    How does a GPS work?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    GPS was originally intended for military applications, but in the 1980s, the government made the system available for civilian use

    GPS satellites circle the earth twice a day in a very precise orbit and transmit signal information to earth

    Commercially available GPS receivers are accurate from 3 to 15 meters based on the receiver circuitry used

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    How does a GPS work? (contd)

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Signal multipath occurs when the GPS signal is

    reflected off objects such as tall buildings or

    large rock surfaces

    Number of satellites visible - The more satellites

    a GPS receiver can see, the better the accuracy

    Buildings, terrain, electronic interference, or

    sometimes even dense foliage can block signal

    reception

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    How does a GPS work - Sources of GPS errors

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    GPS coordinates are broken down into Latitude

    and Longitude

    Latitude lines run horizontally

    To remember latitude, imagine them as the

    horizontal rungs of a ladder

    Degrees latitude are numbered from 0 to 90

    north and south. Zero degrees is the equator

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    How does a GPS work? - Locations on the Earth

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Longitude lines run vertically

    Zero degrees longitude is located at Greenwich,

    England

    The degrees continue 180 east and 180 west

    where they meet and form the International

    Date Line in the Pacific Ocean

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    How does a GPS work? - Locations on the Earth

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

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    How does a GPS work? - Locations on the Earth

    Latitude Longitude

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Lines of longitude and latitude have been divided into degrees () minutes (') and seconds (")

    There are 60 minutes in each degree Each minute is divided into 60 seconds

    Seconds can be further divided into tenths, hundredths, or even thousandths

    The U.S. Capitol is located at 3853'23"N , 7700'27"W

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    How Latitude and Longitude Work Together to

    precisely locate points on the earth's surface

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    All Cub Scouts are intrigued by technology

    Tiger and Wolf Cubs are not able to program the

    GPS unit and will struggle to do more than just

    follow the arrow

    Older Webelos Scouts like more challenge, and

    can often change the GPS unit from one

    waypoint to another by themselves

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    How to introduce the GPS to Cub Scouts?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    When you begin try to only focus on the

    features of the GPS unit that the Scouts actually

    need to use for the specific activity at hand

    Games should be simple with easy rules

    Younger scouts really like getting a prize even if

    the prize is just a sticker, or slip of paper with a

    logo on it

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    How to introduce the GPS to Cub Scouts?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    It may help to have the older Cub Scout go with

    them on the hunt

    keep them in sight so you can monitor their

    progress and see if they need help

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    How to introduce the GPS to Cub Scouts?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Your GPS unit can and will fail

    Batteries may die

    You may be located in a spot where you cant

    get good satellite reception

    You may accidentally program in the wrong GPS

    coordinates and be heading in the wrong

    direction

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    The Importance of Knowing Map & Compass

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    The GPS is only going to tell you how far you

    need to go and in what direction

    It is not always going to tell you about the

    obstacles that may lie between you and your

    destination

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    The Importance of Knowing Map & Compass

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Any Internet use requires common sense as well as parental permission

    Never to give out personal information

    Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared

    Do not meet someone or have him or her visit you without the permission of your parents

    Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable

    Remember that people online may not be who they say they are

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    Geocaching and the Internet Internet Safety

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    earthcache.org

    lists locations where people can visit to learn about a unique geo-science feature or aspect of our Earth

    EarthCache sites do not use stored containers; their treasure is the lessons people learn about our planet when they visit the site.

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    Geocaching web sites

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    geoscouting.com

    created as a resource to the Scouting community

    focuses on Scout-related use and discussion of

    ways to use geocaching for the Scout community

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    Geocaching web sites

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    geocaching.com

    comprehensive web site listing locations, hints

    and maps for caches hidden

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    Geocaching web sites

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Advancement

    Recruiting and Retention

    Public Relations

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    How can I use Geocaching with my Den/Pack?

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    There are many ways to use geocaching to help

    your den advance

    The lesson does not have to be rote or boring!

    Setting up a good geocaching game is also a way

    to get the older scouts to help the younger

    scouts advance, but in a way that captures their

    interest and involvement to a greater degree

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    Geocaching for Advancement

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    How do you get boys to join your Pack?

    Packs need to do exciting activities, both on outings

    and at Pack meetings, to keep the current members

    coming back for more.

    Geocaching offers a new twist on the solution, with

    high tech Fun with a Purpose at play.

    Plan a geocaching event at a public park or a school

    and advertise it as an Open House for your unit.

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    Geocaching for Recruiting and Retention

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Public Relations means a promotion intended

    to create goodwill for a person or institution

    We want people to think as highly about the

    Cub Scout organization as we do

    The following geocaching activities are designed

    to remind the public what good citizens we are,

    and how much good we do for the community

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    Geocaching for Public Relations

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    The Cache In Trash Out program (CITO)

    We collect litter along the trails and properly dispose of it

    The CITO program is a wonderful way to merge Scouting values, Leave No Trace, and Geocaching

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    Geocaching for Public Relations

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    A travel bug is a small item with a registered

    dog tag that travels around the world

    Travel Bugs have a mission for example a

    travel bug Scout Toy may have the mission to

    visit as many councils as possible

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    Geocaching for Public Relations

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    The Cache to Eagle program

    The Cache to Eagle program consists of public

    caches that are posted on the geocaching.com

    website

    These are public caches that have been set up at

    the sites of Eagle projects

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    Geocaching for Public Relations

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    Have your boys ever complained that Pack

    meetings are boring?

    A good Pack uses every tool it can to keep

    meetings and outings fresh and entertaining.

    Coupling classic scouting skills with technology

    is one way to do just that.

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    Geocaching Game Examples

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    All team members should STAY TOGETHER

    Do not RUN WALK (no need to get injured)

    Do not step on things you shouldnt (gardens, private property, etc)

    Attempt to involve everyone on the team. Everyone should have a job

    Clean up after you finish

    HAVE FUN!

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    Geocaching Games - All games should contain

    these rules:

  • Cub Scout Geocaching

    The Get to Know Me Game a basic get to know

    you - introductions icebreaker game.

    Join My Pack! - a recruiting game to showcase the

    activities on your Pack calendar

    Path to Arrow of Light uses tokens representing

    rank advancement

    The Bobcat (or other rank focus) Game designed

    around the requirements for a specific rank

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