Girl Scout Troop 3126 is looking to put Spilman Park on the map.
The junior members of the troop planted geocache locations at Spilman Park in Northern Culpeper County May 6, in an effort to bring more people to the only park in that area of the county as their Bronze Award project.
“The girls wanted to bring something else for bigger kids to do in this park,” troop leader Celia Faulk said. “We thought it would bring more people out to enjoy nature, but also to try something new. Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt.”
The hobby uses either a phone or GPS device to log into a Geocache app made by Groundspeak.
Geocache enthusiasts log into the app and track geocache devices by the coordinates left by the troop. Once they’ve been found, visitors make a note that the they’ve found the location and leave a message.
The troop planted a total of four geocache locations, with one being a multi-cache location. In the one, visitors must find the first geocache, be directed to the second and then the third before they can register it.
The scouts also received a geocache badge during the completion of their bronze award.
The Bronze Award is a troop activity, but the next two levels – silver and gold – are obtained by the individual scout.
The troop had to present four options in front of the Culpeper County Parks and Rec committee – a Little Free Library, a bird and bee house, a pollinator trail and the geocache locations. The committee chose the geocache as renovations are planned at the park and that project would not be impacted by the plans.
There was discussion of putting a free little library at Lenn Park, but all the scouts live in the Emerald Hill School District and wanted to do something that would impact the community in which they live.
Faulk said her family has been participating in geocache for four years and said that all ages enjoy the hobby.
“It’s a good way to get the family outside,” she said.
Izzy Hallberg said getting outside is one of the scouts’ missions.
“You can also do this with your friends and meet new friends too,” Hallberg said.
The girls were allocated a budget and bought supplies at Target, then took a meeting to put together the geocache locations.
“It was kind of complicated in some ways,” Miranda Prezleski said.
The bottom of the locations include information on what to enter on the app and includes information about the Girl Scouts mission.
While the locations were planted on May 6, they will not be “live” until they are approved the geocache app, which could take two weeks.