Here’s what you need to do earn this badge.
- Show that you know about the Global Positioning System (GPS) by explaining:
- how it works
- ownership and control of the system
- its benefits to society
- what factors affect its accuracy.
- Programme a handheld GPS receiver to:
- find your location (grid reference, plus latitude and longitude) and record it
- enter the grid reference of a local landmark and navigate to the waypoint
- enter the latitude and longitude coordinates of a nearby point and navigate to the waypoint. Be sure to check the accuracy.
- walk on a bearing using the GPS and a map.
- Show that you know the difference between Ordnance Survey, and latitude and longitude coordinates.
- Using an Ordnance Survey map (1:25000 or 1:50000 scale) to plan a route of at least 4km that contains a minimum of 10 waypoints. Talk about the features and challenges along the route. Programme the route into a handheld GPS and take the journey.
- Sign up to a geocaching website. Find out about geocaching and show that you understand what’s involved in both locating and placing a geocache.
- Show that you understand the safety and environmental aspects of geocaching, such as the Highway Code, Countryside Code and the Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB) guidelines.
- Find five geocaches using a GPS. At least three geocaches must be ‘multi-caches’, with at least two waypoints. Talk about the GPS receiver’s accuracy of information provided.
- With the help of an adult:
- plan, assemble and hide two caches, one of which should be a multi-cache. Make sure the location is suitable and that other navigators have proper access to the land and terrain.
- either submit your caches to a geocaching website or give the details to other Scouts so they can find the caches.