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THE NEWFANGLED activity swaps the old-fashioned magnetically controlled navigator for a GPS unit programmed with destination coordinates. But as a tool, GPS represents an upgrade with screen appeal. “Geocaching captures the technol-

ogy aspect of what kids live with these days but puts them outside and gives them exposure to nature,” said Frank Reigelman, BSA’s director of outdoor programs. “For a hundred years nature has been Scouting’s classroom, where boys gain leadership experience and learn all the skills that translate to character development.” The popular game fosters team- work, problem solving, navigation,

HIDING IN

PLAIN SIGHT

It’s easy to make containers to hide geocache goodies. Here’s what you need:

1 Roll of nonglossy duct tape in brown, tan, or camouflage.

2 Small, reus- able plastic food container with lid. Four-ounce size works well.

3 Wrap con- tainer with duct tape and place at GPS coordinates.

and environmental stewardship through technology. And increasingly that technology is easier to access. Basic GPS units cost well under $100. Many smartphones already owned by Scout leaders and parents are equipped with GPS, and others, such as the iPhone, offer inexpensive appli- cations to add geocaching functions. At the Gamehaven event,

geocaching neighbored a strong competitor: the BB range. But Troop 98 Scoutmaster Tony Mueller knew he had an edge. “It’s the Nintendo, cell phone, tech appeal,” said Mueller, walking a wooded path two hours prior to the event to plant caches along the trail. “You give a GPS to the

Training goes before tracking as Scoutmaster Tony Mueller teaches the boys how to read their coordinates (above), and then Jack Parry and Aaron Munson head off in search of “treasure.” Later, Dominic Schwirtz (opposite, front) and his friends think they’ve found something.

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