Monday, January 25, 2010

Scouting Caches

Well, it's going pretty good so far. This is quite a neat scouting project participating in the 100th year Anniversary. I'm a little behind where I wanted to be at this point but it's going well. The cold and the snow has made it a bit tricky.

I had a log today saying how one of the caches wasn't winter friendly at all. Which I didn't put that attribute on it. But I didn't think it was that back. I made the mile round trip hike in the dark, and didn't think it was too bad, other than the trip back was mostly up hill.

So far I've made the hide's themselves pretty easy to find and nothing tricky. Some of them are quite a hike, but sound's by the log's people have enjoyed them.

I goofed the other night thought when I was out hiding a cache and I think my cord's are 40 to 50 feet off. Thankfully the hunter was able to find it. It's on my list to get fixed this week. I did kind of have a funny feeling when I was taking reading's on that one, as my batteries in my GPS where running low, and I had all my spare's at home charging. There's that scout motto "Be Prepared".

I've been able to get permission for all seven counties that the Hawkeye Area Council is involved with. Some require permit's, some don't. Jones county where I live I have to meet with the ranger before I can hide anything due to a cacher not taking care of his hides. Kind of sad how one person can ruin it for the batch, but by the sound's of it all, I think the caching relationship can be repaired.

Just figured I'd post an update. I do have some surprizes around the corner and some challenge caches as well.

Hope you guy's enjoy them,

Parabola/Tape worm

Yes for those that haven't figured it out my new handle on is Tape worm.

Also if you are able to please consider using the donate link for the scouting. The money will go to help pay for all the ammo can's I was able to get, SWAG to fill the can's, and gas to get out and place those hides.

Safe Caching!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hawkeye Area Council 100th Anniversity

I ment to post this at the start of the year and forgot, but figured better late than never. This is about the Boy Scout's 100th Anniversary, and we are teaching them and their leader's about geocaching, and teaching cacher's a little about scouting. But the goal is to get out in the wood's and get some new cacher's out there. So here's my "old post":

Well, here’s my first official announcement of thing’s to come in 2010 as we help celebrate the Boy Scout’s 100th year anniversary.

We have some very exciting plan’s, and thing’s we will be doing threw the year so I want to make a spot for any one to view, get involved, want’s to see what’s going on with the geocaching side of thing’s.

So far we have released a Kick off/caching 101 event. We will be using multiple website’s like and and and for the listing of caches, event’s, activities, and all sort’s of fun thing’s to do that will help support caching and teaching the scout’s more about it, and hopefully get some of them and their parent’s to get in and join the hobby.

First off we are working with the Hawkeye Area Council, and other council’s may have some caching program’s as well.

I’m already set up the Kickoff event, that will be at Kent Park in the CEC building on Jan. 9th, 2010. Which can be found on the geocaching website. I’ll get some link’s posted soon.

There is going to be 5 special “treasure’s of scouting” caches placed, where you can get a card from the cache and mail it in or drop it off at the scouting office to be entered in a monthly drawing for a very limited special geo-coin.

Also there will be 12 special “cache to eagle” caches that will have one of the scout law’s written in the lid’s of the container’s. Once you find all of them, you can e-mail me which law is written in each hide, and the first 20 cacher’s to do so will receive a special commemorative patch.

Also there will be a large number of new cache hides in the counties that the Hawkeye Area Council cover’s. These will be released at certain time’s threw the year. The other cache’s I hope to release on Jan. 1st 2010.

So come on and join in the fun as I’m sure I’ll have some side games that come along as we move forward.

If you have any question’s or comment’s, or idea’s, or wish to help out, please feel free to e-mail me and you are welcome to post comment’s on to this blog as well.

Thanks and safe caching everybody,

Tape worm