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Geocaching

Geocaching is a treasure hunt in which people seek out caches that have been left by other people. There are thousands of caches hidden around the UK and hundreds of thousands hidden around the world.

Now you can have a go during your next camp at Birchmere. We’ve hidden ten caches around Wisley Common ready for your Scouts and Explorers to hunt out and prepared leaders guides, clues and answer sheets and we even have two Garmin GPS receivers for you to use.

The Scouting Programme

Geocaching fits within the outdoors zone of the programme.

It can be used to help teach young people skills in the use of map and compass and introduces them to bearings (including the use of leapfrogging and using features as a way of walking on a bearing) and to using pacing as a way of estimating distance.

It introduces them to the use of GPS receivers and their limitations.

It teaches them teamwork – especially when they are hunting around the last few meters of ground trying to find the geocache

Booking

You will need to book the equipment when you make your campsite booking. Please note that you will be asked for a security deposit for the receivers (refunded when the receivers are returned).

You can find more information here.

Birchmere Scout Campsite, Surrey, South-east England, Geocaching