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Postby wagionvigil » Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:12 pm

One of the newest outdoor games is Geocaching. ALl you nned is a GPS unit a computer and a desire for outdoor adventure. Check it out at
www.geocaching.com
My caching name is Zigadabuzz
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Postby optimist » Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:54 pm

Think anyone will be doing any geocaching at the Jamboree?
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Postby wagionvigil » Sun Aug 29, 2004 9:05 pm

Not ALlowed Gov Property already checked as I am going down in Nov and wanted to Hide a couple caches there
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Postby optimist » Sun Aug 29, 2004 9:23 pm

Seems to me if it was made an "official" activity for participants only there wouldn't be a problem. I'm sure it's having permanent caches and inviting outsiders that they are trying to avoid.
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Postby wagionvigil » Sun Aug 29, 2004 9:25 pm

Merit Badge Midway may do something with orienteering.
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Postby wagionvigil » Sun Aug 29, 2004 9:26 pm

I have thought of doing some virtual caches and posting them on the yahoo group site.
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Postby dparker » Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:30 pm

They had this available at our Council camp this year and I thought it was a great idea. Now if only I could convince my wife that I need to buy a GPS device... :wink:
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Postby wagionvigil » Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:53 pm

Got Mind off the Geocaching web site under 120.00 Gecko 201 That was a year ago
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Postby wagionvigil » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:56 pm

GO to www.backpacker.com
They are offering some GPS units under 100.00
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Postby optimist » Wed Sep 01, 2004 1:11 pm

Before I buy a GPS, I'd like to learn more about them. Does anyone know of a web site that gives information about useful features, provides comparisons, and/or makes recommendations on GPS units?
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Postby wagionvigil » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:19 pm

www.Geocaching.com is one
www.Backpacker.com has a section just for GPS
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Postby West » Tue Dec 07, 2004 4:09 pm

Yep, like it or not the 'yuppie compass' is here to stay. And we ought to be teaching the scouts how to properly use one (things like, you still need to bring a map, and knowing how to use a compass. I didn't much care for the GPS until I became the advisor for a group of seascouts who did a lot of sailing on Lake Superior, you learn the good points quick in that situation.
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Postby OldGreyBear » Tue Dec 07, 2004 5:28 pm

use of a GPS is covered in the Land Navigation elective in the Venturing Outdoors Program, A word of note, a GPS can tell you where you are witout a problem, helping you get to another spot on the other hand still requires topo reading skills, IMHO
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Postby Chief J » Tue Dec 07, 2004 5:36 pm

A Troop Committee Member is very into geocaching. I have gone with him on a couple of treks and found it very enjoyable. During a recent outing he took my wife and daughter out and now they are hooked. We have started to introduce this into Troop outings.

I don't see how you can go wrong, the technology gets the Scout's interested. And I agree, a GPS will tell you where you are, but getting to where you want to go still requires Land Navigation skills.

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Postby wagionvigil » Sat Apr 09, 2005 6:48 pm

Geocaching will be part of the Jamboree, See the Jamboree Forum
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Postby Mick Scouter » Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:39 pm

Looks like another thing to look into.
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Postby teepeeayy » Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:29 pm

On a recent trip to Fredericksburg, VA, we took a few boys caching. Its great fun. Do some research at geocaching.com. Lots of information in the forums.
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Postby Mick Scouter » Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:03 pm

I need to investigate more on this topic. It kind of reminds me of the intoduction of calculators in the mid 1970's. The calculator was available but the student can't use it because they need to understand the principles behind math. You still need to know the math tables just like you still need to know how to use a compass.
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Postby wagionvigil » Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:25 am

It is not a replacement for good compass work. Anyone that caches and does not also take a compass is a fool. It is fun, it is in most cases easy. It gets people out in the woods. It will be offered at the Jamboree
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Postby Mick Scouter » Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:46 pm

I agree and I will use my previous analogy if you do not know how to add, subtract, multiply or divide and the calculator batteries die! Where would you be?
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