Monday, August 1, 2011

Geocaching With Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

The Press Enterprise, CA, reports that unraveling mysteries, deciphering clues and tracking down hidden treasure have become new forms of adventure for some Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, thanks to a popular sport known as geocaching.

Geocaching is an international, outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Some caches are hidden out in nature, others in neighborhood spots you pass by every day. Unless you are into the sport, you would never know they existed.

"It's a fantastic sport for
Girl Scouts," said leader Irene Trovato, who has a multi-level troop consisting of Daisies through Seniors. "It combines orienteering, problem-solving, and outdoor adventure. The girls especially like the trackable items like Travel Bugs, which are engraved with special code numbers and travel from cache to cache. They love going online afterwards to see all the different places a trackable has been."

In June, Troop 1124 created their own geocache and hid it on the grounds of the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council office in Redlands. Since then, 21 people have found it and signed the logbook. The cache description reads, "Girl Scouts needs leaders." The girls would like to teach other scouts about the sport. They hope to organize a geocaching event for Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary next year and invite other troops to create 100 caches to be hidden throughout the Inland region.