I’ve had several requests lately for a newer version of the merit badge check off list, updated with the newest badges. So I’ve redone the list as a Google spreadsheet. This will make it easier to keep updated.
Geocaching Merit Badge
The word geocache is a combination of “geo,” which means “earth,” and “cache,” which means “a hiding place.” Geocaching describes a hiding place on planet Earth—a hiding place you can find using a GPS unit. A GPS (Global Positioning System) unit is an electronic tool that shows you where to go based on information it gets from satellites in space.
A reader asks about how old a Scout should be to work on a merit badge. The Guide to Advancement provides some answers.
If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.
Boy Scouts will need a Travel Bug to complete requirement 8b for the Geocaching merit badge. Scouts can track its progress as it moves from cache to cache.
Geocaching is one of the newer merit badges offered to Boy Scouts. It was added in 2010. Geocaching is becoming more and more popular across the country, so this badge gives Scouts a way to learn about it.
You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges.
The latest Boy Scout requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the EDGE method. This is a four step method for teaching a skill. It is sometimes called Scouting’s Teaching EDGE.