The Scout Geocaching Activity Badge

” “To achieve this badge you need to:


  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to include:
    a. how it works.
    b. ownership and control of the system.
    c. benefits to society.
    d. what factors affect accuracy.
  2. Program a hand-held GPS receiver to perform the following functions:
    a. Find your location (grid reference and latitude/longitude) and record it.
    b. Enter the grid reference of a local landmark and navigate to the waypoint.
    c. Enter the latitude/longitude coordinates of a nearby point and navigate to the waypoint, checking the accuracy.
    d. Walk on a bearing using the GPS and a map.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between Ordnance Survey and latitude/longitude coordinates.
  4. Using an Ordnance Survey map (1:25 000 or 1:50 000 scales) plan a route of at least 4km that contains a minimum of 10 waypoints. Discuss the features and challenges that exist along the route. Program the route into a hand-held GPS and undertake the journey.
  5. Sign up to a geocaching website. Find out about geocaching and demonstrate an understanding of what is involved in both locating and placing a geocache.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the safety and environmental aspects of geocaching, eg Highway Code, Countryside Code and guidelines produced by the Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB).
  7. Find five geocaches using a GPS, at least three of which must be ‘multi-caches’ with at least two waypoints. Discuss the accuracy of the information provided and of the GPS receiver you used.
  8. With adult assistance where necessary:
    a. Plan, assemble and hide two caches, one of which should be a multi-cache. The planning should involve making sure the location is suitable and that other navigators have proper access to the land and terrain.
    b. Either submit your caches to a geocaching website or give the details to other Scouts to successfully find the caches.

Leaders will need to make sure that young people follow the activity rules in chapter nine of the Policy, Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme. Young people aged 13 or under, will need an adult to sign up to a Geocaching website on behalf of their Troop.


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see the guidance on flexibility

See “Scout Program” for Ideas on Delivering and The “Geocaching Powerpoint” Resource 


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