Header image  


BSA 100th Anniversary

Get in the Game! with Geocaching

For our 100th Anniversary Celebration, the BSA is tapping into the outdoor fun and excitement of geocaching and inviting you along for the adventure! Through Get in the Game! geocaching events, Scouts and non-Scouts alike will search for prizes in this fast-paced, outdoor quest. It's a great way to share interesting and useful Scouting skills — and outdoor adventure — with today's tech savvy kids.

What is geocaching?

Put simply, it's a high-tech treasure hunt. Players hide containers, called "caches" or "geocaches," outdoors and then share the coordinates. Then, other players seek them out using GPS navigation devices. It's fun, challenging, and interesting for individuals, families, and groups.

What do we need?

  • GPS units work well, and several retailers offer discounts to Scout groups. There are also several geocaching apps for the iPhone, and some other cell phones work too. You'll also need a map and compass. The technology only takes you so far. When you get closer to a cache site, traditional orienteering skills come into play.
  • To build a cache, all you need is a piece of paper to serve as a log book, Scouting goods like patches and photos, and a plastic container. If you're resourceful, it might not cost you anything at all.

Get in the Game! Activities

The BSA has developed five geocaching activities for the Get in the Game! program.

  • Pillars of Scouting — "Travel Bugs®" that go from cache to cache around the nation to highlight core Scouting values.
  • Cache to Eagle® — BSA districts across America are hiding caches to showcase some of Scouting's great gifts to America, Eagle Scout service project sites. Learn how this program started at Geoscouting.com.
  • Treasures of Scouting — Caches around the country that showcase Scouting people and programs: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Scouting Alumni, and Volunteers.
  • Race to 2010 — Pinewood Derby cars will soon be zooming around the nation! More information coming soon.
  • Cache In Trash Out — Partnering with Geocaching.com, a single day of service throughout America. More information coming soon.

Tools for Unit Events

NOTE: There may have been some confusion regarding a "Council Prize Kit". This program allows for only one "Council Prize Kit" per council. These are not available for individual districts or units. They can only be requested once by your council 100th Anniversary staff advisor.

Geocachers  — want to help Scouts “Get in the Game”?

If you're an active geocacher interested in helping Scouts and Scouters in your area, we'd love your help. Contact the 100th Anniversary Staff Adviser at your BSA local council office to enroll in the 100th Anniversary National Leadership Team. Help bring the fun and adventure of geocaching to youth in your community!

Find more information at the National Council Website
Get in the Game! with Geocaching





Home | Introduction | Cache to Eagle | Rules
Activities | Games | Order | Resources
| Contact

Copyright © 2006-2010 Mary E. Stevens