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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Community.

In this Badge Bit, you will add one point to a geocaching list.  Your "point" should be a permanently waterproof container with some stuff in it.  The location is to be listed on www.geocaching.com or it could be simply part of an internal private geocaching adventure for your site.  (note, if you are doing this at wheaton labs, it would be private)

Here's a video on making and posting a geocache point:


A geocache must not be buried.   It must be hidden in such a way that somebody that is not looking for it will not see it, but somebody that is looking for it will find it.  

Most geocaches are an ammo container or some other sort of container that will be weather proof.  Here are some clever geocaches:

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To qualify for this badge bit, you must
- Post a picture of your geocache box/container
- Post a picture of it installed in its permanent location
- Show a screen shot of the geocache point on the website (private (blocking out private bits) or public)

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I like the idea that, in time, a community might have 40 caches on their site.   All private.   The only people that would know about the caches are the people that are visiting the site.  

Each cache would be at a point of note.   And that point might have a story.  


 
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paul wheaton wrote:I like the idea that, in time, a community might have 40 caches on their site.   All private.   The only people that would know about the caches are the people that are visiting the site.  

Each cache would be at a point of note.   And that point might have a story.  




The Badge Bit says,

Show a screen shot of the geocache point on the website (private (blocking out private bits) or public)  



So if the geocatching was actually private, would it be listed on any website, or just put on a piece of paper or poster that people in that community could find? Or just a note at a different geocatch on the site? And then we would just take a picture of the note/paper/poster, rather than a picture of the website?
 
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So if the geocatching was actually private, would it be listed on any website, or just put on a piece of paper or poster that people in that community could find?



A private cache could just be something on paper.   Although it is possible that somebody puts in on something private and webby.  

The cool thing about it being on the web is that people can possibly add fun things to the web pages.  Like pics.

 
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This is the geocache before I filled it.



This is the geocache after I filled it.



This is the geocache before I hid it,.



This is the geocache while I hid it.



This is the geocache after I hid it

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This is the location where I hid the geocache.



This is the updated hand-drawn map that I made. I added the geocache that I hid to the map. It is located at the three-log bench by the Caldera on Basecamp. I started a [ublicwiki page for Wheaton Labs and Basecamp Geocaches!



At the bottom of this post are my screenshots.
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Dave, I just wanted to say how fun it is for me to see some of the natural dyed yarn worked up into some things and then used for this cache....the scarf, looks like the cosmos dyed wool? and your hat some bodark, onion skin and weld I think?...great crocheting...love the stitches!
 
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Geocaches aren’t supposed to be buried, so I’m going to fix this
 
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I fixed my hiding of the geocache. To quickly explain for BB reviewers, I am NOT using latitude or longitude, but instead a hand drawn map, because of marketing for Wheaton Labs and Basecamp. I want people to publicly know that there is a geocache to find on Basecamp, but we still want to keep the location of Wheaton Labs and Basecamp a secret (to prevent unannounced visits). Now, this post and these updated hiding photos ought to make it so that I qualify for this BB!

Once this is approved, I think I will then qualify for the Community Sand Badge!

The attached photos are of the geocache in its above ground hiding spot beneath the three log bench at the Caldera on Basecamp!
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I certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Geocaching is _yet ANOTHER_ of those things that sounded cool that I've been wanting to try out for years. Now I have!

I was planning to make a cache at Tulip Island (my front yard by the sidewalk), but another cache was too close. So I found a better place:

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players..."
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It's so tiny!
It's so tiny!
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Still tiny...
Still tiny...
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Yet somehow even tinier...
Yet somehow even tinier...
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Geocache GC8XCYC
Geocache GC8XCYC
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my geocacher profile, to match up with the geocache
my geocacher profile, to match up with the geocache
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Wow. Didn't realize permies had a geocache BB. I haven't been too active in the past few years but it's great fun & an excellent way to explore the outdoors or a even city. I'll post one or more specifically for permies. Need to give it some thought first.

I'll dig up a few pics & links for some really cool ones to post here. If anyone has questions I can probably help.

For now I'll just say good tupperware type containers are much more waterproof than pickle jars. A good way to help keep it from disappearing is to leave a note inside (available via geocaching.com) or use some steel cable.

Pretty cool. Just now realized today is my 10 year anniversary of geocaching. Definitely have to go make a fun hike soon. My sights are on one that hasn't been found in a few years. About a 5 mile hike on top of a ridge near a firetower that should have an excellent view.









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Hey Ash ... this one is a container like yours. Very well hidden right under people's noses. It's all in the name. You might want to watch it just for grins. I helped build many of those trails & otherwise volunteered with their greenbelt alliance for many years. I may or may not be responsible for some of the more physically challenging caches there & in the other nature areas around the general area.    https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC32JG5  

This MONSTER kicked my butt.  https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GCKGF2_monster

This one is super cool. People come from all over the world to see it. Check out the pics. The owner is a well known game software millionaire & ex astronaut & adventurer. He spared no expense or effort with it. Best way I can think of to tour Austin in a couple days. His other caches are simply amazing too.   https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC2B034_necropolis-of-britannia-manor-iii

Here's one with a high difficulty & terrain rating. It's not that it's hard to get close to or find. It's just hard to claim. Much higher than the pic looks. With more big rocks below than it appears. Freezing water too. Whee.  https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3EHXK

This one hurt too. 26 miles minimum in August heat in TX. Ouch.     https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC1VWBD_goodwater-clockwise

These are a few examples of some of the more unusual or difficult ones. There are millions more in the world. Most are simpler & easier. Almost guaranteed to be one (or thousands) near you.
 
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Thanks for sharing those, Mike! Those look cool, especially the monster there all over Austin. I'll have to take a look at those when I'm back down in Texas again.

There's plenty by me, I'm still just getting my senses trained to find them.
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