Geocaching Honor Requirements

Geocaching Honor Requirements



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1. Define geocaching
2. Identify the technological tools necessary for geocaching.
3. Define or identify the following geocaching terms:

  1. Container
  2. Log book
  3. Cache Owner (CO)
  4. Coordinates
  5. Muggle
  6. Smilie/Find
  7. Caching name/geonic/username (Login)
  8. Travel bug/travel coin

4. Define and give examples of the different sizes of caches.

  1. Extra small/nano
  2. Micro
  3. Small
  4. Medium/regular
  5. Large
  6. Other

5. Define and identify on a caching map the following types of geocaches:

  1. Traditional
  2. Multi-cache
  3. Mystery
  4. Virtual
  5. Earthcache
  6. Letterbox OR Whereigo

6. What items may be left in a geocache? Which items may not?
7. What is meant by Cache In, Trash Out (CITO)?
8. Demonstrate two ways of finding the location of a geocache in your area on a caching website or caching app.
9. Use the following features (or their equivalent) on a GPS receiver and website or caching app:

  1. Find by GC Code
  2. Find by location
  3. Filter locations (choose just those with a difficulty rating of 3 or lower and terrain of 3 or lower, for example)
  4. Compass
  5. Map Directions
  6. Description
  7. Previous logs
  8. Hint

10. Find three geocaches in your area, at least one of which must be a regular (traditional) cache.
11. Read and discuss Matthew 6:19-21 and Jeremiah 29:13, and determine their relevance to geocaching.
12. Discuss safety concerns you should consider when geocaching. View the attributes of a nearby cache to identify caching hazards identified by cache owners.

Skill Level 1
Original Honor 2005

Geocaching, Advanced

1. Have the Geocaching honor
2. Define the following terms:

  1. Attributes
  2. Favorite points
  3. Message center
  4. Souvenir badges
  5. Lists or pocket queries
  6. Reviewer

3. Define latitude and longitude. What is meant by degrees, minutes, seconds? Demonstrate how to find the latitude and longitude on a geocache listing. Show how to enter latitude and longitude in a GPS receiver/app.
4. Give the history of the following:

  1. The origins of global positioning satellites
  2. When and how geocaching started
  3. The basics of the first geocache (stash)

5. What are the laws/rules/guidelines for placing caches in the following locations in your region?

  1. City, regional, or county parks
  2. State parks/provincial parks
  3. National parks, WMAs
  4. Limited access highways and railroad right-of-ways
  5. Placing physical caches while traveling
  6. Other public lands or places in your area with permitting guidelines

6. Complete two or more of the following:

  1. Establish and maintain a new geocache in your area for at least six months
  2. Attend a geocache meeting or event
  3. Complete a geotour, geotrail, geoarts or its equivalent (minimum of 6 geocaches found)
  4. Find two travel bugs or geocoins and place them in another cache.
  5. Hike five or more miles while geocaching.
  6. Find the two oldest caches hidden in your state or region

7. Find and record at least 18 geocaches and include:

  1. One traditional cache with three-star difficulty and/or terrain rating.
  2. One multi-level cache or mystery (puzzle) cache
  3. One virtual or earthcache
  4. One cache with at least ten favorite points

8. Write about your geocache find in your logbook on a geocache website.

Note: If caching as a group, a single account and single find logs may be used to collectively track the finds for the group.

Skill Level 2
Original Honor 2005

North American Division
2018 Updated
Originating Institution: North American Division

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