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Think Outside the Cache

If you have done any amount of geo caching at all, you are familiar with finding cache in  film canisters, prescription bottles, snap top or screw lid containers, and disguised with tan, black or camo duct tape.  They’re in the hole at the base of the tree, dangling off the limb, stuffed behind the post, or under the lamp post cover.

Occasionally though, you come across a really tough one.  A couple of examples are one that was hidden in the pine straw in a pine forest with no clues.  Another was one I found just yesterday, very cleverly disguised as the lock on a metal door.  Brilliant!  Don’t get me wrong, any find is a fun find, but those you have to search harder for are the ones you remember.  Right?

I challenge you to take it up a notch when you go to place your cache.  Look around on the web for ideas.  There are cache stores as well as some only found on ebay.  One such site, I had a fun time on today, was the Caching Containers store.  I started off looking at a bid they had on ebay and from there, I spent an hour browsing their selections.   They have your traditional stock as well as several natural looking containers that will make even the most experienced seekers scratch their head.

WAY TO GO GUYS!!!  The obvious thing I couldn’t help but notice was that he had two sets of water and two first aid kits.

Geocachers Save Two Women Stranded in Desert

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Geocachers Roy Joseph (Rojo464) and Paul Fox (Pauleefox) drove through the rugged desert of Eastern Utah searching for five geocaches on Tuesday the 17th of August.  But they never made it past their second find.  What they encountered instead led to grateful tears and news headlines.

Roy and Paul had finished finding their second geocache and were looping around for a third – called “Bugy Softwear” (GCGMJT). The area of the desert that they searched is referred to as the Dolores Triangle.  It’s one of the most barren regions of the United States. The average temperature in August bakes the cracked ground at nearly 100 degrees F (38 C).    Bumping along in Roy’s jeep the two men stopped.  Just head of them, a mini-van sat wedged into the sandy soil.

Desert rescue

Paul says, “We saw the van in the gully from the road above it. Out here a vehicle in that position is either abandoned or there is somebody in need of help. Either way we needed to check it out.”

Roy adds, “When we first saw the car we could tell it was stuck. But it looked odd with the towels over the sun visors.  We were concerned with who might be in the van.  With it being in such a remote area we knew we had to make sure the occupants could get back to town.”

They drove the jeep next to the stranded vehicle.  Two women looked out. Roy says, “When we stopped beside the van the daughter said ‘Thank God’ and then started crying.”  A mother and daughter had been stranded in the van for two days.

Roy says he’s prepared for geocaching in the desert and they were able to offer immediate help: “I have a backpack I carry with water, snacks, SWAG, a first aid kit, a short rope, and batteries.  In the Jeep I carry tools, spare parts, a tow strap, a first aid kit,  a fire extinguisher, extra water and some blankets.”

This wasn’t his first encounter with someone needing help, but never before has the situation been this dire. “We have helped strangers get unstuck, hauled a bicyclist to the hospital, given water to hikers, but this was different – both these two women could have died.” After the rescue, the mother and daughter will be okay.

Paul says the situation is a first for him: “In my 64 years I don’t believe I have ever been in a position to rescue damsels in distress before.”

Wow, where to begin.  Let’s start with Eagles.  In the past 6 months (off the top of my head) Cameron, Corey, Tim, Sean, Dillon, Kyle, and Hunter have reached the honorable rank of Eagle Scout.  We’re very proud of each and every one of them and their unique methods of reaching Eagle.  As the older boys fly away into adulthood, they are always followed by new scouts.  We have several young men who are very eager to learn and progress through the ranks.

This year’s campouts have been nothing short of amazing.  The boys have really clicked and work quite well together.  We see more innovative cooking, serious planning, and even goals of international travel on the table.  Times are exciting at Troop 483.  The boys have really gotten into geocaching, a few of them now list it as one of their favorite hobbies.  In fact, they located a coin at Spring Creek park in Tomball that honors a fallen soldier.  Before summer is over, a group of scouts will participate in placing that coin back into another cache.

In June, the troop went to Camp Cherokee in Athens.  There was a collective – BEST CAMPOUT EVER – from the boys and adults alike.  Granted, a few of them are new, but that comment actually came from the older scouts on the trip.  Heck, even the food wasn’t too bad.  Scenically, nothing beats BTSR to this camper, but troop wise, I was very impressed.  As with any summer, attendance slows a bit, allowing for those attending to make great headway on finishing rank advancements.  Just last night quite a few members of the troop gathered at the bowling alley for a fun night of midnight bowling.

The Crew hasn’t let up either.  In late June, the Crew placed the Mt. Fuji geocoin it found in Georgia last December into a new cache that it created.  Fast forward to July, they traveled to Tyler where they sampled the local skateparks and then on to Dallas to go to Six Flags and geocache their way back to Houston.  I’m happy to report that they located another geocoin so the mission continues.

School draws near and with it, a new batch of smiling boy scouts.  We can’t wait to meet them.  We have an exciting year planned.

Its Mothers Day

Be sure to take a moment to thank your mother today for all she has done for you.  She’s helped to mold you into the man you are.  If she was a scout leader…. Why are you here reading this?  You should be waxing her car, dusting her shelves, and shopping for her groceries.  You owe her an immeasurable amount of gratitude.

Half Eagle posted this little gem that I couldn’t resist borrowing.

M O T H E R

D is for the Delight you show us,
for the popsicle art we made for you.
E is for the extra smile you shared.
N is for the Nestles in our milk.
M is for the money that you gave me
O is for the Oreos you fed us,
when the den needed a snack.
T is for Tylenol we made you take
when we stapled the curtin to the chair.
H is for the hair that we made gray.
E is for the energy you had.
R is for the raise Dad gave you
double the pay for a volunteer.
Put it all together it spells Den Mother the Mother all cub scouts held so dear.

Happy Mother’s Day to all past, present, and future scout leaders and Moms!

You’re only over-equipped if you never do anything

How is your scouting unit celebrating the centennial?  Are you including the scouts in the celebration?  I think it’d be incredible to keep a board of 100 good deeds.