Thursday, May 18, 2017

Finding success: Girl Scouts create geocache course at camp

Eleven Girl Scouts in Troop 52359 from Oakmont recently earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.

Working an average of 25 hours each, the girls designed and installed a geocaching course at Camp Skymeadow in Avonmore, Armstrong County.

Troop members are Aine Hasselman, Alexandra Pastor, Anna Pinto, Audrey Myers, Carley Watts, Georgia Tsambis, Gianna Portera, Gwyneth Fichte, Isabella Nolan, Riley Russell and Isabella Ruby Bee.

Learn more about their project—and perhaps get inspired to earn the highest awards—through this summary provided by troop leaders Susan Portera, Madeline Welsh and Jill Myers.

Well done, Girl Scouts!
The girls met with camp ranger Tim Shank.

Title of project:                
Install a Geocaching Course
They began by working together to determine what they wanted to do. 

Since the girls loved geocaching they decided that they wanted to create a course so that other Girl Scouts could experience geocaching and earn their badge. 

First, they met with Tim Shank, the ranger at Camp Skymeadow, to understand what was possible. 

They conducted research to plan their course and the containers they’d need. They prepared their containers, put together the information that would be shared in the instruction booklet for the course, and then installed the caches at Camp Skymeadow.

The geocaching course they installed is a sturdy permanent course that was planned and placed strategically to hold up against weather and use. It's now available at the camp for other Girl Scouts to go on a geocaching adventure and earn the Junior Geocaching Badge.

The girls worked together well, respecting each other and the property where their course was being installed. They also completed this project in support of "being a sister to all Girl Scouts."

The troop hopes that their course will inspire others to do more geocaching.