Geocaching Activity Badge
To achieve this badge you need to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to include:
a. how it works.
b. ownership and control of the system.
c. benefits to society.
d. what factors affect accuracy.
- Program a hand-held GPS receiver to perform the following functions:
a. Find your location (grid reference and latitude/longitude) and record it.
b. Enter the grid reference of a local landmark and navigate to the waypoint.
c. Enter the latitude/longitude coordinates of a nearby point and navigate to the waypoint, checking the accuracy.
d. Walk on a bearing using the GPS and a map.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between Ordnance Survey and latitude/longitude coordinates.
- Using an Ordnance Survey map (1:25 000 or 1:50 000 scale) plan a route of at least 4km that contains a minimum of 10 waypoints. Discuss the features and challenges that exist along the route. Program the route into a hand-held GPS and undertake the journey.
- Sign up to a geocaching website. Find out about geocaching and demonstrate an understanding of what is involved in both locating and placing a geocache.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the safety and environmental aspects of geocaching, eg Highway Code, Countryside Code and guidelines produced by the Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB).
- Find five geocaches using a GPS, at least three of which must be 'multi-caches' with at least two waypoints. Discuss the accuracy of the information provided and of the GPS receiver you used.
- With adult assistance where necessary:
a. Plan, assemble and hide two caches, one of which should be a multi-cache. The planning should involve making sure the location is suitable and that other navigators have proper access to the land and terrain.
b. Either submit your caches to a geocaching website, or give the details to other Scouts to successfully find the caches.
Guidance for leaders
Reference should be made to the Activity Rules in Chapter 9 of Policy, Organisation and Rules
and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme