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PEI Scouts Geocaching

Did you know PEI Scouts now have a GPS you can use?

The GPS is owned by the PEI Council and is available for any of the groups to use.  Typically, it will be used by those who have rented Camp Riverdale but it is not restricted to this use.  It was purchased to give the PEI groups a chance to use a GPS for geocaching, learning navigation, getting outdoors, playing games and having fun!  The GPS comes with topographic maps, a memory card, a full instruction booklet and rechargeable batteries.

 

How do I get the GPS?

When you rent Camp Riverdale make sure to ask for the GPS since we have several geocaches hidden there already.  Each of the geocaches is already stored on the GPS, ready to find!  If you want the GPS for some other location e.g. you want to use it to take your group geocaching in Charlottetown, then contact Darlene at d.maund@pei.scouts.ca to make arrangements.  If you want to learn about the GPS before you get it, read the following two documents:

 Garmin Online user manual for the GPS

GPS Quick Start Guide from PEI Scouts

 

 What is Geocaching?

For those not familiar with geocaching check out the official website at www.geocaching.com.  Basically it's a global phenomenom like a treasure hunt.  You can go onto the website and look for a cache near you then you use the GPS to find it.  You can also hide a cache, which can be a little bottle, a box, a tupperware container - anything you want.  You use a GPS to get the co-ordinates and write them down or store them and you create an account on the geocaching website so you can save them on there, along with a hint to where the cache is and a difficulty rating of how hard it will be to find.  Once you save them other people will then look for the cache - it's that simple!  When you upload a cache to www.geocaching.com you become responsible for maintaining that geocache.  If it is reported missing and stays that way for too long it will be removed from the website by the administrators.  There are over 2000 geocaches on PEI alone!  If you get into geocaching there are many types of geocaches but each one typically has some type of container, a small pad of paper and a pencil so you can mark down on the paper that you found the cache.  You can also log your find on www.geocaching .com if you create yourself an account - it's free!

 

What is "Cluster Geocaching"???

There is no official thing called "Cluster Geocaching" - though if you search for it on Google you will find one person who suggested doing something like this.  Since it doesn't really exist we get to define it :-)  Geocaching has one basic issue.  To keep the amount of global geocaches to a reasonable level the site puts a restriction on how close one geocache can be to another.  They have to be a minimum of 500 feet apart (www.geocaching.com figures out if you are at least 500 feet from another cache and accepts your new cache if it fits the rule).  This doesn't work well if you want to take a group of youth geocaching since you really have to take them driving to find any significant number of caches.  There is no reason the caches can't be closer together, a bunch in a smaller area, a cluster.

 

So, where can I find these "clusters"?

Today, we only have one of cluster of geocaches, located at Camp Riverdale.  The co-ordinates are all saved on the PEI Scouts GPS which was purchased in 2010.  At the time of this writing there are 16 caches hidden at Camp Riverdale.  Some are very easy to find (they are hanging by strings from trees) while others are harder to find (hidden under logs or between trees).  If you are out finding some caches, take along a few of your own and let the kids hide some and record them on the GPS.  If you notice that a geocache is missing, or you just can't find it where it is supposed to be, place another one in the proper area so others can find it in the future!

 

Can I create my own cluster?

There is no reason you can't create your own cluster of geocaches.  Each of the geocaches hidden at Camp Riverdale have a number and and a prefix assigned to them.  We use the prefix RD for Riverdale.  If you want to take a group of youth out and hide some geocaches in Victoria Park or the Devil's punchbowl or some other area go right ahead and do that!  When you name your geocache give it a prefix so we know where they are e.g. VP for Victoria Park, DP for Devil's punch bowl etc...

 

Some other ideas for using the GPS

1) There are several games on the GPS.  Check out the Garmin Online user manual for the GPS, the printed manual that comes with the GPS or the GPS Quick Start Guide from PEI Scouts to learn more!

2) Have a game of "GPS Capture the Flag".  Hide a flag, mark it on the GPS and time the youth how long it takes to find and return it.  Send out different groups to have a competition.  The flag doesn't have to be hidden in the same place, you can measure the distance back to camp with the GPS by standing where you have hidden the flag and selecting the RD-Camp waypoint - the GPS will tell you how far it is from where you are to the RD-Camp waypoint.

 

Existing geocache and waypoint locations:

Prefixes used:

RD = Camp Riverdale

FP = Friendship Park, Summerside

Camp Riverdale:

Waypoints:

RD-Camp: This is the main camp

Geocaches:

RD001 - does not exist, marked as RD-Camp waypoint

RD002 - N46.14.721 x W063.20.980

RD003 - N46.14.671 x W063.20.906

RD004 - N46.14.722 x W063.20.980

RD005 - N46.14.681 x W063.20.956

RD006 - N46.14.762 x W063.20.997

RD007 - N46.14.712 x W063.21.013

RD008 - N46.14.705 x W063.21.035

RD009 - N46.14.709 x W063.21.080

RD010 - N46.14.701 x W063.21.191

RD011 - N46.14.702 x W063.21.239

RD012 - N46.14.600 x W063.21.413

RD013 - N46.14.659 x W063.21.381

RD014 - N46.14.642 x W063.20.899

RD015 - N46.14.633 x W063.20.914

RD016 - N46.14.692 x W063.20.854

RD017 - N46.14.672 x W063.20.908

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