Geocaching event Saturday, September 19th from 9:00am-11:00am

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park: 43098 Edwards Ferry Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Cub Scout Pack 982 will be having a Geocaching event Saturday, September 19th from 9:00am-11:00am, at the Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park.

Each den will work together to search for and find hidden orange cylindrical tubes (not buried in the ground) by using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates. The first coordinate will be presented at the start of the event. Each geocache will contain an additional coordinate for the next geocache and a clue for the final mystery location (Hershey Shake Shop).

The event will run from 9:00am – 11:00am and will be followed by a private ice cream party at Hershey Shake Shop. It’s the mystery location, so please don’t let this information slip to the Cub Scouts. I have already spoken with the owners and they have agreed to give us a private party at their location from 11:00am-12:00pm prior to their opening for normal business. Each Cub Scout that completes the geocaching event will receive a free scoop of ice cream.

Each Cub Scout rank has outdoor/nature related requirements and electives. This geocaching event will involve hiking through the woods. In addition, dens will have the opportunity to incorporate photography, rope tying, and identifying trees, plants, insects, and wildlife. I am encouraging our Den Leaders to get creative and try to apply as many parts of their den’s electives and requirements to this event.

In addition to all items that a person would normally bring on an outdoor nature walk: sun screen, bug spray, water, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, and proper head covering. Each Cub Scout, Den Leader, and parent/guardian that plans on participating in the geocaching event will need to bring and wear a mask. This is for the protection of everyone who attends this event as well as everyone we encounter at the park. To help keep the park clean, I am asking everyone to bring a plastic bad to pick up trash if they should see any along the trail.

It is very important that each den and adult participating in this event strictly adhere to the Cub Scout pledge: Leave No Trace. To that end, all geocaches will be close to the path the scouts are walking on and will not be placed in a location that requires us to disturb the earth.