Boy Scout GC Merit Badge requirments

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Boy Scout GC Merit Badge requirments

Postby Tatanka49 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:29 pm

The long awaited Geocaching merit badge is about to hit the world. The requirements are listed below. This is a final draft. The design for the badge nor the accompanying merit badge book has not yet been released...but we do know the requirements mow. Looks pretty good. Only the UTM information is something will have to research a bit. If you have a child in boy scouts, iyt is not yet earn-able..that should be within the next few weeks and the scouts of T70 plan to be some of the first.

Geocaching Merit Badge—Revised Requirements 2/24/2010
1. Do the following:
a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while
participating in geocaching activities and what you should do to anticipate,
help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

b. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that
could occur while participating in geocaching activities, including cuts,
scrapes, snakebite, insect stings, tick bites, exposure to poisonous plants,
heat and cold reactions (sunburn, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, hypothermia),
and dehydration.

c. Discuss how to properly plan an activity that uses GPS, including using the
buddy system, sharing your plan with others, and considering the weather,
route, and proper attire.

2. Discuss the following with your counselor:
a. Why you should never bury a cache.
b. How to use proper geocaching etiquette when hiding or seeking a cache,
and how to properly hide a geocaches.
c. The principles of Leave No Trace as they apply to geocaching [[Front
country and back country issues can be discussed in the text.]]

3. Explain the following terms used in geocaching: waypoint, log, cache, accuracy,
difficulty and terrain ratings, attributes, trackable. Choose five additional terms to
explain to your counselor.

4. Explain how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Then, using Scouting’s
Teaching EDGE, demonstrate the use of a GPS unit to your counselor. Include
marking and editing a waypoint, changing field functions, and changing the
coordinate system in the unit.

5. Do the following:
a. Show that you know how to use a map and compass and explain why this is
important for geocaching.
b. Explain the similarities and differences between GPS navigation and
standard map reading skills and describe the benefits of each.
c. Explain the UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) system and how it differs
from the latitude/longitude system used for public geocaches.
d. Show how to plot a UTM waypoint on a map. Compare the accuracy to that
found with a GPS unit.

6. Describe the four steps to finding your first cache to your counselor. Then mark
and edit a waypoint. [[To all: After more thought, I think we can leave out any
mention of here and just cite the Web site as the source in the
text. We use this same type of reference in other mbps, such as Whitewater.]]

7. With your parent’s permission*, go to Type in your zip
code to locate public geocaches in your area. Print out information about three of
those geocaches and share this with your counselor. [[Yes, details about account
info can be discussed in the text. We have specific guidelines for online use—this
doesn’t need to be written by MS.]]
*To fulfill this requirement, you will need to set up a free user account with Ask your parent for permission and help before you do so.
[[Q to all: Does this wording work?]]

8. Do ONE of the following:
a. If a Cache to Eagle series exists in your council, visit at least three of the 12
locations. Describe the projects that each cache you visit highlights, and
explain how the Cache to Eagle program helps share our Scouting service
with the public.
b. Create a Scouting-related travel bug that promotes one of the values of
Scouting. "Release" your travel bug into a public geocache and, with your
parent’s permission, monitor its progress at for 30
days. Keep a log, and share this with your counselor at the end of the 30-day
c. Set up and hide a public geocache, following all the
guidelines. [[We will include those guidelines in the text.]] With your parent’s
permission, follow the logs online for 30 days and share them with your
d. Explain what Cache In Trash Out (CITO) means, and describe how you have
practiced CITO at public geocaches or at a CITO event. Then, either create
CITO containers to leave at public caches, or host a CITO event for your unit
or for the public.

9. Plan a geohunt for a youth group such as your troop or a neighboring pack, at
school, or your place of worship. Choose a theme, set up a course with at least
four waypoints, teach the players how to use a GPS unit, and play the game. Tell
your counselor about your experience, and share the materials you used and
developed for this event.
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