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GET IN THEGAME!

BSA’s Get in the Game! program outlines several ways Scouts and Scouters can get involved.

1ORGANIZE a private unit, district, council, or camp event. These are great recruitment activities. Share your ideas on the geoscouting.com Web site.

to find the treasure by looking for the telltale clue: something out of place. “The first one was the hardest,” said

the elder Feshami. “We were looking at the distance, but it was within the margin of error.” “But it was really fun,” said Omeed,

brandishing a plastic digit, his prize, on his index finger. On a separate mission, 6-year-olds

Randy Gerard and Julio Roman of Packs 68 in Mabel and 186 in Rochester, respectively, bolted east past the park’s defunct barn and turned south, loping downhill toward a campsite with a central log pile. Once the device told them they were within 25 feet, the boys circled the logs and fanned out to the adjacent tent plat- forms in search of the cache. But they finally returned to the wood stack where they flushed out a frightened field mouse before reaching in and finding the camouflaged jar full of plastic snakes. “Snakes are cool!” shouted Randy. “As long as they’re fake,” added

his mom. Parent Brian Smith, assisting

Scoutmaster Mueller in the field, helped the boys learn the ropes. “Notice how the GPS got us close

but didn’t show us where it is. After that you have to use your eyes; you use your senses to find out where it is,” said Smith, as the boys signed the cache log. “Now put it back exactly where you found it so it’s not easy for the next person.” Younger, less technically adept

children sometimes appeared con- fused until they began walking where the GPS directed. “They only need help on the first one, and then they are fine,” said Smith. “After they start finding stuff, they get enthused.” Mueller spent the day talking

about latitude and longitude and satellite constellations to a series of audiences that ranged from those who could define the equator to those who couldn’t identify the Big Dipper. Still, the GPS gadgets fascinated the chil- dren. Returning with false fingernails, plastic stencils, elastic bracelets, and rubber centipedes, they often asked for second and third geocaches to find. “As soon as they figure out they

can take stuff home,” said Mueller, “they get in the game.”¿

Chicago-based writer ELAINE GLUSAC has

contributed to Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic Adventurer.

2COUNCILS ACROSS THE NATION have released five

trackable “travel bugs,” or dogtag-size tokens, that represent the five “Pillars of Scouting”: leadership, service, achievement, character, and the outdoors. Each contains a unique serial number. Geocachers who find these move them on to another cache, recording their movement on

geocaching.com.

Find out where your council Pillars tags have been.

3VISIT your council’s public geocaches that high- light the work Eagle Scouts have done in the community. The project descriptions are publicly accessible on geocaching. com, so it’s a great way to share Scouting’s positive impact. Visit all 12 and earn the special patch.

4CREATE geocaches that highlight the “Treasures of Scouting” found in our programs. The “Treasures” cache series is themed to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and alumni.

5 Each district can RELEASE A PINEWOOD DERBY

CAR with an attached travel bug tag that will move from cache to cache, trackable via geocaching.com. The goal is getting all the cars to the jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., in July. This “Race to 2010” began in March.

6PARTICIPATE in the national clean-up program “Cache in Trash Out” (CITO). The first national BSA CITO event will take place May 15, 2010, in part- nership with geocaching.com. The events, organized by each local council, combine environmentally based service with geocaching fun.

When using the public geocaching.com Web site

and the public Get in the Game! activities, follow all geocaching guidelines and safety rules. These can be found in the Get in the Game! toolkit and on geoscouting.com. For more information on the pro- grams, log on to scouting.org/100years.

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