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Requirements for the Geocaching merit badge: Do the following: 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. 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. 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. Discuss the following with your counselor: Why you should never bury a cache. How to use proper geocaching etiquette when hiding or seeking a cache, and how to properly hide, post, maintain, and dismantle a geocache The principles of Leave No Trace as they apply to geocaching 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.

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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. 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, post, maintain, and dismantle a geocache c The principles of Leave No Trace as they apply to geocaching 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. Include marking and editing a waypoint, changing field functions, and changing the coordinate system in the unit.

Do the following: a Show you know how to use a map and compass and explain why this is important for geocaching. Describe to your counselor the four steps to finding your first cache.

Then mark and edit a waypoint. Type in your city and state to locate public geocaches in your area. Share with your counselor the posted information about three of those geocaches. Then, pick one of the three and find the cache. Keep a log, and share this with your counselor at the end of the day period. Before doing so, share with your counselor a three-month maintenance plan for the geocache where you are personally responsible for those three months.

You must archive the geocache when you are no longer maintaining it. 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. Before doing so, ask your parent for permission and help.

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Requirement 1[ edit ] 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. 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. 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. Discuss the following with your counselor: A. Why you should never bury a cache. How to use proper geocaching etiquette when hiding or seeking a cache, and how to properly hide, post, maintain, and dismantle a geocache.

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