Geocaching Summer Camp (BSA) Need ideas for 6 day long summer program
Posted 11 January 2011 - 12:25 PM
Some of my thoughts include basic technology stuff--perhaps presented by one of the GPSr companies
Lat/Long and UTM by a land surveyor or Coast Guard (as presented at the Jambo)
Building a geocaching trail throughout the property for regular scout use year round.
Basic cache rules, construction, etc
Using the camp bus to visit 'real' caches in the vicinity
Something on travel bugs -- maybe on ongoing TB race launched from camp
Unusual cache containers -- like from the companies that supply them
And of course work on the merit badge
Maybe conduct a CITO or Meet and greet at the end of the week
I also want to include a goody bag with a custom geocoin and or pathtag, a TB dog tag, the usual sway like shirts, hats, maybe the BSA or Ground speak basic containers, some nanos or match cases, a GPSr (if we can find a donor)
Looking for more ideas. I have to put together a final presentaion within the month and more ideas are needed.
Get in the Game Coordinator
Greater NY Councils
Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:37 PM
The Scout coins are really nice trackables to release and watch.
I live in Maine and there are scouting related caches in our state. In fact, there are several at or near Camp Roosevelt and several put out by troops and Scouts across the state.
This winter I am going to be helping a Scout Troop on their Geocaching Merit badge and am very excited about the adventure.
Making your own creative cache container is fun. Many of those you can find to buy on line could be fashioned at camp. I remember finding one once which was made out of a pill container but was on a long stick and looked like a CatO'Nine Tail. It was stuck in the group in a group of them. Also, fashioning your own creative Travel bug or making some Signature Items to leave in a cache.
If you are going to talk about letter boxing you will be talking about "stamps". Find someone to help them design their own unique stamp and carve it out. They can use it for boxing and also geocaching to "stamp up".
Hope these ideas are helpful.
Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:48 PM
Use the film canisters (or if you can find some bigger containers for free) to make little Mini-First Aid kits for cache swag. The local pharmacy might donate bandaids etc. I carry a film canister with a couple of bandaids and 2 gloves in my cache bag.
Have break out groups list what to put in their cache bags. Must have vs. nice to have.
Design your own Geocaching shirt for the group. Carve a stamp (or use an inkjet printer with the special paper) to make the shirt. It would be fun to leave a week of camp with your own unique shirt for the group (designed as a group project).
Good luck with camp - it sounds like fun. Not a week long but I know Camp Roosevelt had a Geocaching Mod last summer and Greenland Point Conservation Camp did too. If you would like to know the name of the person who did them - contact me through my GC profile.
Posted 14 January 2011 - 12:06 PM
This post has been edited by doshman: 14 January 2011 - 12:07 PM
Posted 11 March 2011 - 03:58 AM
This year we are combining geocaching with Mt Biking in a 2 hour per day, 5 day class. They'll be able to cover the whole camp and find all of the caches, and it will give them some different destinations on the bikes.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:07 PM
To do that properly the camp needs to be mapped to Orienteering standards. There are only about 50 in the US that qualify.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:16 PM