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If you are interested in learning about how you and your unit can sell to the best of your ability this upcoming season then please check out these free webinars presented by Trails End. These Training Webinars cover Kernel Training, Individual Scout sales, and Unit sales.
Please take advantage of this great resource to help you and your unit succeed in the popcorn sale this year!
Popcorn isn’t the only Change taking Place
It seems like this year is filled with new changes. On top of changes to this year’s popcorn sale and recruitment this year we have another change.
We now have a new Wapehani District Commisioner, Valerie DeWar!
Valerie will be replacing our outgoing District Commissioner, Randy Cox. We want to thank Randy for all the great work he has done in his time as District Commissioner as well as wish him well on his new adventure.
We are very excited to welcome Valerie with open arms into her new position. We know how much of an asset she is to our Wapehani family and were excited for her to join the team.
If you have any questions regarding your unit commissioner or have any questions about how a commissioner can better assist you and your unit, please feel free to contact your unit commissioner or Valarie, her contact information can be located at the top of our District webpage.
Hoosier History Hike
A great way to get up and moving while also learning all kinds of new and exciting facts about the history of and around Bloomington is to take part in a history hike. Our own Wapehani Activities Chair, Tony Mitchell, has put together a fun and exciting roadmap of history for you to take advantage of. For just $5 you can take part in this hike while receiving a great new patch to show off. On this hike, you will see all kinds of historical landmarks from the Monroe County Courthouse to the World War I Memorial at Rose Hill Cemetery and learn about the stories that go along with them. There are 43 stops along the way and each one will be marked with coordinates to help you find them.
For details regarding the registration click here.
Have you been wondering what your unit can do to restart Scouting this year? Well, I’ve got some great news for you; your unit can take part in the Wapehani District Geocaching expedition! This expedition was created by the district Training Chair Amber Kent. On the Wapehani District Webpage you can access a document that will give you all the information that you need to start your new adventure.
If this is your first time hearing about this experience or not, we urge you to check out this great opportunity. You can hunt for the caches as a unit or individually. Either way, you use your GPS and hints to find a treasure hidden all over the district. Some are easier to find than other but all of them are equally fun to search for. When you find the cache, you can write your name down on the sign-in sheet and maybe even exchange something you have for a patch or other prize in the cache!
Geoscouting: Scout Law series
WHAT IS GEOCACHING?
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates.
Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
SCOUT LAW SERIES
This series of caches is themed to follow the 12 points of the Boy Scout Law.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
1. Choose one of the caches above and download the .pdf, which will provide:
Waypoints (coordinates) – where the cache can be found
Difficulty level - how easy/hard it will be to find once you arrive at the coordinates
Terrain rating – what the terrain is like at the coordinates (i.e. can you find the cache in flipflops or do you need to break out your hiking boots!)
Container size – what general size container you are looking for (i.e. microcache or toolbox)
Attributes – additional information about the cache location that you should know (i.e. is the cache wheelchair accessible, on a dog-friendly route, etc.) Click here for a common list of attributes.
Clues – any additional hints you might need to find the container (particularly helpful with difficult caches)
2. Using the description, coordinates, and clues provided… go find that cache!
3. After you locate the cache, sign the logbook and then log your find online here.
GEOCACHING RULES AND ETIQUETTE
Never geocache alone. Always use the buddy system. Better yet, make it a family event!
Follow Leave No Trace principles at all times.
Use a GPS device or smartphone app to find the waypoints (directions for using Android or iPhone).
BYOP (bring your own pencil) to sign the log.
Beware of muggles! Be stealthy when searching for your treasure! Don’t let muggles (non-geo-cachers) see the cache or the hiding spot, so that they do not move, steal, or damage the cache.
Always put the cache back exactly where you found it.
Optional: Some caches will have room for tradables. These are general small inexpensive novelty items, such as pencils, character erasers, guitar pics, etc. Just remember that if you take a tradable you must leave something of equal or greater value
Optional: Take a picture of yourself while on your cache adventure and post it to social media using #ScoutsBSA #Geoscouting #ScoutLawSeries #Wapehani
MAKE YOUR OWN GEOCACHE
If you are a scouter, either adult or youth, and would like to sign up to create and maintain a cache in this series, please email the Wapenhani activities chair, Tony Mitchell or the Wapehani Geoscouting Coordinator, Amber Kennedy Kent . They have plenty of resources to help you get started!
Note for youths: Creating a cache in this series should count towards the Geocaching Merit Badge (but please remember to get approval from your specific MB counselor):
8C. Set up and hide a public geocache, following the guidelines in the Geocaching merit badge pamphlet. Before doing so, share with your counselor a three-month maintenance plan for the geocache where you are personally responsible for those three months. After setting up the geocache, with your parent's permission, follow the logs online for 30 days, and share them with your counselor. You must archive the geocache when you are no longer maintaining it.
Eventually, each will link to a PDF with the cache info.