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  • Tim Vigus
    I agree, maybe buying some basic model GPS and donanting them to organizations that promote Geocaching like Boy and Girl Scouts organizations. Maybe have them
    Message 1 of 26 , Nov 24, 2010
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      I agree, maybe buying some basic model GPS and donanting them to organizations that promote Geocaching like Boy and Girl Scouts organizations. Maybe have them centrally located so differn't organizations can rent them or borrow them.
       
      Tim (wildfiretv)

      --- On Wed, 11/24/10, Huntnlady <surviveinthewild@...> wrote:

      From: Huntnlady <surviveinthewild@...>
      Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?
      To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 7:45 PM

       
      Buy some GPSr's and donate them to new geocachers. That money was garnered by geocaching, and should go to the purpose of geocaching. So many donation organizations are scams, or the majority of the money goes to administration. I tithe and offer to my church and its missionaries, but I don't think all the NUTS are going to agree on a "worthy cause".
      Respectfully,
      Huntnlady

      Deer laugh when they hear my name!


      --- On Wed, 11/24/10, blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...> wrote:

      From: blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...>
      Subject: [NUTS] What to do?
      To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 6:45 PM

       
      Hi all and happy Holidays!

      As you may or may not know we have over $1300.00 in the NUTS bank account and it's been sitting there for over a year. Since we have had no expenses in all of 2010 I am requesting help from all registered N.U.T.S. as to what to do with some of this money.
      I'd like to propose that we donate $1000.00 of our current savings to some worthy causes this holiday season. Angel Trees, Food Banks, Homeless shelters, etc.
      What I need from you is feedback. This message board has been very quiet most of this last year and I'd like to see it lit up with suggestions as to what to do. Please if you have something to say in favor or opposed to this idea then please speak up.
      I would like to make a decision as to what we want to do by December 8th. That's two weeks from today. A poll my also be in order but before we do a poll I'd like to have some suggestions from other NUTS.

      Happy Thanksgiving
      Gary (Blucruz) McElroy


    • bnbschneider2@aol.com
      I am sure there is a lot of children in the area that sure could use some new school cloths .my wife and I were in walmart yesterday and took a card of the
      Message 2 of 26 , Nov 24, 2010
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        I am sure there is a lot of children in the area that sure could use some new school cloths .my wife and I were in walmart yesterday and took a card of the wish  tree for a 11 year old that wanted some clothes for xmas,and bought him pants shirt and coat ,the wish tree works  this young boy was asking for clothes NOT toys.



        -----Original Message-----
        From: blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...>
        To: nuts_ <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 6:45 pm
        Subject: [NUTS] What to do?

         
        Hi all and happy Holidays!

        As you may or may not know we have over $1300.00 in the NUTS bank account and it's been sitting there for over a year. Since we have had no expenses in all of 2010 I am requesting help from all registered N.U.T.S. as to what to do with some of this money.
        I'd like to propose that we donate $1000.00 of our current savings to some worthy causes this holiday season. Angel Trees, Food Banks, Homeless shelters, etc.
        What I need from you is feedback. This message board has been very quiet most of this last year and I'd like to see it lit up with suggestions as to what to do. Please if you have something to say in favor or opposed to this idea then please speak up.
        I would like to make a decision as to what we want to do by December 8th. That's two weeks from today. A poll my also be in order but before we do a poll I'd like to have some suggestions from other NUTS.

        Happy Thanksgiving
        Gary (Blucruz) McElroy

      • jerryw38@comcast.net
        How about donating some units to boy and scout troops in the area. I think that they now have a merit badge that uses GPS units???? jerryw38 ... From:
        Message 3 of 26 , Nov 24, 2010
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          How about donating some units to boy and scout troops in the area. I think that they now have a merit badge that uses GPS units????

           

          jerryw38

           


          ----- Original Message -----
          From: "Huntnlady" <surviveinthewild@...>
          To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7:45:12 PM
          Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

           

          Buy some GPSr's and donate them to new geocachers. That money was garnered by geocaching, and should go to the purpose of geocaching. So many donation organizations are scams, or the majority of the money goes to administration. I tithe and offer to my church and its missionaries, but I don't think all the NUTS are going to agree on a "worthy cause".
          Respectfully,
          Huntnlady

          Deer laugh when they hear my name!


          --- On Wed, 11/24/10, blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...> wrote:

          From: blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...>
          Subject: [NUTS] What to do?
          To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 6:45 PM

           

          Hi all and happy Holidays!

          As you may or may not know we have over $1300.00 in the NUTS bank account and it's been sitting there for over a year. Since we have had no expenses in all of 2010 I am requesting help from all registered N.U.T.S. as to what to do with some of this money.
          I'd like to propose that we donate $1000.00 of our current savings to some worthy causes this holiday season. Angel Trees, Food Banks, Homeless shelters, etc.
          What I need from you is feedback. This message board has been very quiet most of this last year and I'd like to see it lit up with suggestions as to what to do. Please if you have something to say in favor or opposed to this idea then please speak up.
          I would like to make a decision as to what we want to do by December 8th. That's two weeks from today. A poll my also be in order but before we do a poll I'd like to have some suggestions from other NUTS.

          Happy Thanksgiving
          Gary (Blucruz) McElroy


        • Jellis
          I have maybe some Lowrances that are still good and just laying around. Believe in what you see and know, not what you hear.
          Message 4 of 26 , Nov 24, 2010
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            I have maybe some Lowrances that are still good and just laying around.

            Believe in what you see and know, not what you hear.

            On Nov 24, 2010, at 8:15 PM, jerryw38@... wrote:

             

            How about donating some units to boy and scout troops in the area. I think that they now have a merit badge that uses GPS units????

             

            jerryw38

             


            ----- Original Message -----
            From: "Huntnlady" <surviveinthewild@...>
            To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7:45:12 PM
            Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

             

            Buy some GPSr's and donate them to new geocachers. That money was garnered by geocaching, and should go to the purpose of geocaching. So many donation organizations are scams, or the majority of the money goes to administration. I tithe and offer to my church and its missionaries, but I don't think all the NUTS are going to agree on a "worthy cause".
            Respectfully,
            Huntnlady

            Deer laugh when they hear my name!


            --- On Wed, 11/24/10, blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...> wrote:

            From: blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...>
            Subject: [NUTS] What to do?
            To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 6:45 PM

             

            Hi all and happy Holidays!

            As you may or may not know we have over $1300.00 in the NUTS bank account and it's been sitting there for over a year. Since we have had no expenses in all of 2010 I am requesting help from all registered N.U.T.S. as to what to do with some of this money.
            I'd like to propose that we donate $1000.00 of our current savings to some worthy causes this holiday season. Angel Trees, Food Banks, Homeless shelters, etc.
            What I need from you is feedback. This message board has been very quiet most of this last year and I'd like to see it lit up with suggestions as to what to do. Please if you have something to say in favor or opposed to this idea then please speak up.
            I would like to make a decision as to what we want to do by December 8th. That's two weeks from today. A poll my also be in order but before we do a poll I'd like to have some suggestions from other NUTS.

            Happy Thanksgiving
            Gary (Blucruz) McElroy


          • Cliff Meyer
            3/4 to food bank (I know how hard they are hurting since I am on the board of one here in Grants Pass) and 1/4 to something like Angel Trees would be my vote
            Message 5 of 26 , Nov 25, 2010
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              3/4 to food bank (I know how hard they are hurting since I am on the board of one here in Grants Pass) and 1/4 to something like Angel Trees would be my vote
               
              Cliff Meyer (Turner and Stitch)


              From: blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...>
              To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Wed, November 24, 2010 6:45:32 PM
              Subject: [NUTS] What to do?

               

              Hi all and happy Holidays!

              As you may or may not know we have over $1300.00 in the NUTS bank account and it's been sitting there for over a year. Since we have had no expenses in all of 2010 I am requesting help from all registered N.U.T.S. as to what to do with some of this money.
              I'd like to propose that we donate $1000.00 of our current savings to some worthy causes this holiday season. Angel Trees, Food Banks, Homeless shelters, etc.
              What I need from you is feedback. This message board has been very quiet most of this last year and I'd like to see it lit up with suggestions as to what to do. Please if you have something to say in favor or opposed to this idea then please speak up.
              I would like to make a decision as to what we want to do by December 8th. That's two weeks from today. A poll my also be in order but before we do a poll I'd like to have some suggestions from other NUTS.

              Happy Thanksgiving
              Gary (Blucruz) McElroy


            • Michelle Zukovsky
              I am active with a local Reno scout troop. Yes, there is a new merit badge out there that is geocaching.  It s an amazing way to get families involved. 
              Message 6 of 26 , Nov 25, 2010
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                I am active with a local Reno scout troop. Yes, there is a new merit badge out there that is geocaching.  It's an amazing way to get families involved.  However, I have found, it is an expensive merit badge to try to complete if you don't own a GPS or know someone who does. 
                 
                Rather then donate GPS's to one troop I would check with your area council and see if you could donate them there.  Individual troops could then check them out from scout headquarters and put down a deposit.  If you donated more then one GPS the troop could actually check out more then one.  (You ever try to get 15 kids to share one item?) 
                 
                Whatever you decide to do with your funds, what a great idea giving back to the community!
                 
                Michelle - Moonchaser
                 


                --- On Wed, 11/24/10, jerryw38@... <jerryw38@...> wrote:

                From: jerryw38@... <jerryw38@...>
                Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?
                To: "nuts" <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 8:15 PM

                 
                How about donating some units to boy and scout troops in the area. I think that they now have a merit badge that uses GPS units????
                 
                jerryw38
                 

                ----- Original Message -----
                From: "Huntnlady" <surviveinthewild@...>
                To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7:45:12 PM
                Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                 
                Buy some GPSr's and donate them to new geocachers. That money was garnered by geocaching, and should go to the purpose of geocaching. So many donation organizations are scams, or the majority of the money goes to administration. I tithe and offer to my church and its missionaries, but I don't think all the NUTS are going to agree on a "worthy cause".
                Respectfully,
                Huntnlady

                Deer laugh when they hear my name!


                --- On Wed, 11/24/10, blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...> wrote:

                From: blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...>
                Subject: [NUTS] What to do?
                To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 6:45 PM

                 
                Hi all and happy Holidays!

                As you may or may not know we have over $1300.00 in the NUTS bank account and it's been sitting there for over a year. Since we have had no expenses in all of 2010 I am requesting help from all registered N.U.T.S. as to what to do with some of this money.
                I'd like to propose that we donate $1000.00 of our current savings to some worthy causes this holiday season. Angel Trees, Food Banks, Homeless shelters, etc.
                What I need from you is feedback. This message board has been very quiet most of this last year and I'd like to see it lit up with suggestions as to what to do. Please if you have something to say in favor or opposed to this idea then please speak up.
                I would like to make a decision as to what we want to do by December 8th. That's two weeks from today. A poll my also be in order but before we do a poll I'd like to have some suggestions from other NUTS.

                Happy Thanksgiving
                Gary (Blucruz) McElroy


              • Alisa
                I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS s to the local council that way many troops could use them.  Alisa ... From:
                Message 7 of 26 , Nov 25, 2010
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                  I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to the local council that way many troops could use them. 

                   

                  Alisa

                   


                  ----- Original Message -----
                  From: "Michelle Zukovsky" <mitzume@...>
                  To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                  Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:30:13 AM
                  Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                   

                  I am active with a local Reno scout troop. Yes, there is a new merit badge out there that is geocaching.  It's an amazing way to get families involved.  However, I have found, it is an expensive merit badge to try to complete if you don't own a GPS or know someone who does. 
                   
                  Rather then donate GPS's to one troop I would check with your area council and see if you could donate them there.  Individual troops could then check them out from scout headquarters and put down a deposit.  If you donated more then one GPS the troop could actually check out more then one.  (You ever try to get 15 kids to share one item?) 
                   
                  Whatever you decide to do with your funds, what a great idea giving back to the community!
                   
                  Michelle - Moonchaser
                   


                  --- On Wed, 11/24/10, jerryw38@... <jerryw38@...> wrote:

                  From: jerryw38@... <jerryw38@...>
                  Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?
                  To: "nuts" <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                  Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 8:15 PM

                   
                  How about donating some units to boy and scout troops in the area. I think that they now have a merit badge that uses GPS units????
                   
                  jerryw38
                   

                  ----- Original Message -----
                  From: "Huntnlady" <surviveinthewild@...>
                  To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                  Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7:45:12 PM
                  Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                   
                  Buy some GPSr's and donate them to new geocachers. That money was garnered by geocaching, and should go to the purpose of geocaching. So many donation organizations are scams, or the majority of the money goes to administration. I tithe and offer to my church and its missionaries, but I don't think all the NUTS are going to agree on a "worthy cause".
                  Respectfully,
                  Huntnlady

                  Deer laugh when they hear my name!


                  --- On Wed, 11/24/10, blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...> wrote:

                  From: blucruzfamily <gsmcelroy@...>
                  Subject: [NUTS] What to do?
                  To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                  Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 6:45 PM

                   
                  Hi all and happy Holidays!

                  As you may or may not know we have over $1300.00 in the NUTS bank account and it's been sitting there for over a year. Since we have had no expenses in all of 2010 I am requesting help from all registered N.U.T.S. as to what to do with some of this money.
                  I'd like to propose that we donate $1000.00 of our current savings to some worthy causes this holiday season. Angel Trees, Food Banks, Homeless shelters, etc.
                  What I need from you is feedback. This message board has been very quiet most of this last year and I'd like to see it lit up with suggestions as to what to do. Please if you have something to say in favor or opposed to this idea then please speak up.
                  I would like to make a decision as to what we want to do by December 8th. That's two weeks from today. A poll my also be in order but before we do a poll I'd like to have some suggestions from other NUTS.

                  Happy Thanksgiving
                  Gary (Blucruz) McElroy


                • Anthony Guzzi
                  ... I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible. At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                  Message 8 of 26 , Nov 29, 2010
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                    > I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to
                    > the local council that way many troops could use them.


                    I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible.

                    At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                    such as the Gecko to make the money stretch as much as it can.
                  • jerryw38@comcast.net
                    What about the geomate.jr    Already has all of the caches installed  Really easy to use and very accurate ... From: Anthony Guzzi
                    Message 9 of 26 , Nov 29, 2010
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                      What about the geomate.jr    Already has all of the caches installed  Really easy to use and very accurate

                       

                      ----- Original Message -----
                      From: "Anthony Guzzi" <dukeofurl@...>
                      To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                      Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 8:39:00 PM
                      Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                       

                      > I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to
                      > the local council that way many troops could use them.

                      I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible.

                      At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                      such as the Gecko to make the money stretch as much as it can.

                    • thrak@pacbell.net
                      I m all in favor of helping organizations by donating items such as the geomate.jr but....... I m also in favor of a major N.U.T.S. event. It s been far too
                      Message 10 of 26 , Nov 29, 2010
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                        I'm all in favor of helping organizations by donating items such as the geomate.jr but....... I'm also in favor of a major N.U.T.S. event. It's been far too long since there was a major get together. We could be generous with others AND with ourselves as well. A big Christmas meet might be good. I can remember a nice event in Oroville one Christmas. Just my 2¢ worth.

                        On 11/29/2010 8:53 PM, jerryw38@... wrote:  

                        What about the geomate.jr    Already has all of the caches installed  Really easy to use and very accurate

                         

                        ----- Original Message -----
                        From: "Anthony Guzzi" <dukeofurl@...>
                        To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                        Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 8:39:00 PM
                        Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                         

                        > I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to
                        > the local council that way many troops could use them.

                        I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible.

                        At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                        such as the Gecko to make the money stretch as much as it can.

                      • Paul Bryant
                        For whatever type of GPSr is or maybe donated, the Boy Scout s Geocaching merit badge requires the scout to mark a waypoint, compare the accuracy of WGS84 and
                        Message 11 of 26 , Nov 29, 2010
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                          For whatever type of GPSr is or maybe donated, the Boy Scout's Geocaching merit badge requires the scout to mark a waypoint, compare the accuracy of WGS84 and UTM coordinates systems, and to set up a course that makes use of at least 4 waypoints.  The Geomate.jr. only allows for one waypoint, based on the specifications. 

                           

                          I am a Geocaching merit bade counselor and I am working with my first group of scouts.  Between the three GPSrs that I own, and a few others that are owned by other family members, we haven't been lacking for GPSrs.  Our unit may be unique, but I wouldn't count on that.

                           

                          Paul (Twiddleflip)




                          From: "thrak@..." <thrak@...>
                          To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                          Sent: Mon, November 29, 2010 8:58:41 PM
                          Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                           

                          I'm all in favor of helping organizations by donating items such as others AND with the geomate.jr but....... I'm also in favor of a major N.U.T.S. event. It's been far too long since there was a major get together. We could be generous with ourselves as well. A big Christmas meet might be good. I can remember a nice event in Oroville one Christmas. Just my 2¢ worth.

                          On 11/29/2010 8:53 PM, jerryw38@... wrote:
                           

                          What about the geomate.jr    Already has all of the caches installed  Really easy to use and very accurate

                           

                          ----- Original Message -----
                          From: "Anthony Guzzi" <dukeofurl@...>
                          To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                          Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 8:39:00 PM
                          Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                           

                          > I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to
                          > the local council that way many troops could use them.

                          I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible.

                          At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                          such as the Gecko to make the money stretch as much as it can.


                        • Michelle Zukovsky
                          The fact that several of your families have a GPS device that can mark way-points does make you troop unique, at least, compared to where I am from.  With the
                          Message 12 of 26 , Nov 30, 2010
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                            The fact that several of your families have a GPS device that can mark way-points does make you troop unique, at least, compared to where I am from.  With the array of iphones and other cell phones that have GPS capability it is amazing how few people know that much about geocaching.  For many people it's more of a directional tool for locating a restaurant or business, basic driving directions. As we all know, there is so much more to geocaching then just driving to a cache site.
                             
                            Any donation, NUTS decides to make would of course be a charitable one.  We all belong to groups that do food drives, donate gifts and clean parks etc. The problem is that these types of donations are either consumable or short lasting.  While I realize there is yet a GPS out there that is "timeless" what an awesome way to promote/encourage participation in the very sport that is the core reason this group and many others like it exist,   
                             
                            Michelle - Moonchaser
                             
                             

                            --- On Mon, 11/29/10, Paul Bryant <prof.bryant@...> wrote:

                            From: Paul Bryant <prof.bryant@...>
                            Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?
                            To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                            Date: Monday, November 29, 2010, 9:30 PM

                             
                            For whatever type of GPSr is or maybe donated, the Boy Scout's Geocaching merit badge requires the scout to mark a waypoint, compare the accuracy of WGS84 and UTM coordinates systems, and to set up a course that makes use of at least 4 waypoints.  The Geomate.jr. only allows for one waypoint, based on the specifications. 
                             
                            I am a Geocaching merit bade counselor and I am working with my first group of scouts.  Between the three GPSrs that I own, and a few others that are owned by other family members, we haven't been lacking for GPSrs.  Our unit may be unique, but I wouldn't count on that.
                             
                            Paul (Twiddleflip)



                            From: "thrak@..." <thrak@...>
                            To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                            Sent: Mon, November 29, 2010 8:58:41 PM
                            Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                             
                            I'm all in favor of helping organizations by donating items such as others AND with the geomate.jr but....... I'm also in favor of a major N.U.T.S. event. It's been far too long since there was a major get together. We could be generous with ourselves as well. A big Christmas meet might be good. I can remember a nice event in Oroville one Christmas. Just my 2¢ worth.

                            On 11/29/2010 8:53 PM, jerryw38@... wrote:
                             
                            What about the geomate.jr    Already has all of the caches installed  Really easy to use and very accurate
                             
                            ----- Original Message -----
                            From: "Anthony Guzzi" <dukeofurl@...>
                            To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                            Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 8:39:00 PM
                            Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                             
                            > I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to
                            > the local council that way many troops could use them.

                            I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible.

                            At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                            such as the Gecko to make the money stretch as much as it can.


                          • jerryw38@comcast.net
                            Paul  u need to familiarize urself with the JR. U can skip past the closest way points.  Really a neat learning tool about caching jerryw38 ... From:
                            Message 13 of 26 , Nov 30, 2010
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                              Paul  u need to familiarize urself with the JR. U can skip past the closest way points.  Really a neat learning tool about caching

                               

                              jerryw38

                               


                              ----- Original Message -----
                              From: "Michelle Zukovsky" <mitzume@...>
                              To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                              Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 6:39:56 AM
                              Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                               

                              The fact that several of your families have a GPS device that can mark way-points does make you troop unique, at least, compared to where I am from.  With the array of iphones and other cell phones that have GPS capability it is amazing how few people know that much about geocaching.  For many people it's more of a directional tool for locating a restaurant or business, basic driving directions. As we all know, there is so much more to geocaching then just driving to a cache site.
                               
                              Any donation, NUTS decides to make would of course be a charitable one.  We all belong to groups that do food drives, donate gifts and clean parks etc. The problem is that these types of donations are either consumable or short lasting.  While I realize there is yet a GPS out there that is "timeless" what an awesome way to promote/encourage participation in the very sport that is the core reason this group and many others like it exist,   
                               
                              Michelle - Moonchaser
                               
                               

                              --- On Mon, 11/29/10, Paul Bryant <prof.bryant@...> wrote:

                              From: Paul Bryant <prof.bryant@...>
                              Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?
                              To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                              Date: Monday, November 29, 2010, 9:30 PM

                               
                              For whatever type of GPSr is or maybe donated, the Boy Scout's Geocaching merit badge requires the scout to mark a waypoint, compare the accuracy of WGS84 and UTM coordinates systems, and to set up a course that makes use of at least 4 waypoints.  The Geomate.jr. only allows for one waypoint, based on the specifications. 
                               
                              I am a Geocaching merit bade counselor and I am working with my first group of scouts.  Between the three GPSrs that I own, and a few others that are owned by other family members, we haven't been lacking for GPSrs.  Our unit may be unique, but I wouldn't count on that.
                               
                              Paul (Twiddleflip)



                              From: "thrak@..." <thrak@...>
                              To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Mon, November 29, 2010 8:58:41 PM
                              Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                               
                              I'm all in favor of helping organizations by donating items such as others AND with the geomate.jr but....... I'm also in favor of a major N.U.T.S. event. It's been far too long since there was a major get together. We could be generous with ourselves as well. A big Christmas meet might be good. I can remember a nice event in Oroville one Christmas. Just my 2¢ worth.

                              On 11/29/2010 8:53 PM, jerryw38@... wrote:
                               
                              What about the geomate.jr    Already has all of the caches installed  Really easy to use and very accurate
                               
                              ----- Original Message -----
                              From: "Anthony Guzzi" <dukeofurl@...>
                              To: "nuts " <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>
                              Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 8:39:00 PM
                              Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                               
                              > I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to
                              > the local council that way many troops could use them.

                              I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible.

                              At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                              such as the Gecko to make the money stretch as much as it can.


                            • Tamala Gilliland
                              I m active in the BSA if you need help with that. I am an adult leader in the Soaring Eagle district which serves Elk Grove, Galt, Wilton, Clarksburg and
                              Message 14 of 26 , Nov 30, 2010
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                                I'm active in the BSA if you need help with that.  I am an adult leader in the Soaring Eagle district which serves Elk Grove, Galt, Wilton, Clarksburg and South Sac however, I have a lot of contacts in other Sacramento districts too and the Golden Empire Council which oversees our 15 districts.

                                Let me know if you'd like help.

                                Yours In Scouting,
                                Tamala Gilliland
                                cacher breezee510

                                On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Anthony Guzzi <dukeofurl@...> wrote:
                                 

                                > I had the same thought as Michelle, that it would be better to donate GPS's to
                                > the local council that way many troops could use them.

                                I agree with that sentiment, we want as many people using them as possible.

                                At the same time, I think the money could be used to buy several lesser units,
                                such as the Gecko to make the money stretch as much as it can.


                              • Gary McElroy
                                Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I m a little miffed as to why there wasn t more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have
                                Message 15 of 26 , Dec 3, 2010
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                                  Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                  I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                  I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                  Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                  Gary (Blucruz)

                                • thrak@pacbell.net
                                  Gary, If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I ve seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state
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                                    Gary,

                                    If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                    Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                    On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:
                                     

                                    Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                    I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                    I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                    Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                    Gary (Blucruz)

                                  • Anthony Guzzi
                                    I had this idea where we have a day event that boy scouts could come to and fulfill their requirements for the geocaching merit badge. Kinda like a
                                    Message 17 of 26 , Dec 3, 2010
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                                      I had this idea where we have a day event that boy scouts could come to and fulfill their requirements for the geocaching merit badge.  Kinda like a "geocaching merit badge boot camp".





                                      Sent from my handheld computer

                                      On Dec 3, 2010, at 8:14 PM, "thrak@..." <thrak@...> wrote:

                                       

                                      Gary,

                                      If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                      Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                      On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:

                                       

                                      Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                      I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                      I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                      Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                      Gary (Blucruz)

                                    • thrak@pacbell.net
                                      That might also work with the N.U.T.S. event - in conjunction with it. Can someone detail what the actual requirements are for obtaining the Geocaching Merit
                                      Message 18 of 26 , Dec 3, 2010
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                                        That might also work with the N.U.T.S. event - in conjunction with it. Can someone detail what the actual requirements are for obtaining the Geocaching Merit Badge? I favor helping kids but am a bit ambivalent about scouting. I do know that eyesofice2us (Mike) was pretty involved with the BSA as a Venturing Adviser and I'd be VERY in favor of doing something like this in his memory. If it wouldn't work in conjunction with the proposed regular N.U.T.S. event (like I said, I don't know the merit badge requirements) perhaps there could be a separate event for this specific purpose.

                                        (I had some poor experiences with scouting - both as a youth in a couple of towns in this area and later with my sons here in Chico. I'm a bit "wobbly" as far as jumping in with support for scouting but the problems seemed to me to be more with the parents of the scouts than the kids themselves.)

                                        On 12/3/2010 9:01 PM, Anthony Guzzi wrote:  
                                        I had this idea where we have a day event that boy scouts could come to and fulfill their requirements for the geocaching merit badge.  Kinda like a "geocaching merit badge boot camp".





                                        Sent from my handheld computer

                                        On Dec 3, 2010, at 8:14 PM, "thrak@..." <thrak@...> wrote:

                                         

                                        Gary,

                                        If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                        Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                        On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:

                                         

                                        Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                        I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                        I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                        Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                        Gary (Blucruz)

                                    • Tammy Pokorney
                                      How about donating to local soup kitchens and really help a lot of people who are a little down and out? ... From: thrak@pacbell.net To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                                      Message 19 of 26 , Dec 3, 2010
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                                        How about donating to local soup kitchens and really help a lot of people who are a little down and out?
                                         
                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                        From: thrak@...
                                        Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 8:14 PM
                                        Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                                         

                                        Gary,

                                        If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                        Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                        On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:

                                         

                                        Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                        I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                        I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                        Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                        Gary (Blucruz)

                                      • Tammy Pokorney
                                        I agree about maybe not scouts. I come from girl scout background and same experiences. ... From: thrak@pacbell.net To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com Sent: Friday,
                                        Message 20 of 26 , Dec 3, 2010
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                                          I agree about maybe not scouts. I come from girl scout background and same experiences.
                                           
                                          ----- Original Message -----
                                          From: thrak@...
                                          Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 9:13 PM
                                          Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                                           

                                          That might also work with the N.U.T.S. event - in conjunction with it. Can someone detail what the actual requirements are for obtaining the Geocaching Merit Badge? I favor helping kids but am a bit ambivalent about scouting. I do know that eyesofice2us (Mike) was pretty involved with the BSA as a Venturing Adviser and I'd be VERY in favor of doing something like this in his memory. If it wouldn't work in conjunction with the proposed regular N.U.T.S. event (like I said, I don't know the merit badge requirements) perhaps there could be a separate event for this specific purpose.

                                          (I had some poor experiences with scouting - both as a youth in a couple of towns in this area and later with my sons here in Chico. I'm a bit "wobbly" as far as jumping in with support for scouting but the problems seemed to me to be more with the parents of the scouts than the kids themselves.)

                                          On 12/3/2010 9:01 PM, Anthony Guzzi wrote:

                                           
                                          I had this idea where we have a day event that boy scouts could come to and fulfill their requirements for the geocaching merit badge.  Kinda like a "geocaching merit badge boot camp".





                                          Sent from my handheld computer

                                          On Dec 3, 2010, at 8:14 PM, "thrak@..." <thrak@...> wrote:

                                           

                                          Gary,

                                          If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                          Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                          On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:

                                           

                                          Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                          I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                          I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                          Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                          Gary (Blucruz)

                                        • Tammy Pokorney
                                          It s not too late to Adopt A Family! Or several! ... From: thrak@pacbell.net To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 9:13 PM Subject: Re:
                                          Message 21 of 26 , Dec 3, 2010
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                                            It's not too late to Adopt A Family!
                                            Or several!
                                             
                                            ----- Original Message -----
                                            From: thrak@...
                                            Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 9:13 PM
                                            Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                                             

                                            That might also work with the N.U.T.S. event - in conjunction with it. Can someone detail what the actual requirements are for obtaining the Geocaching Merit Badge? I favor helping kids but am a bit ambivalent about scouting. I do know that eyesofice2us (Mike) was pretty involved with the BSA as a Venturing Adviser and I'd be VERY in favor of doing something like this in his memory. If it wouldn't work in conjunction with the proposed regular N.U.T.S. event (like I said, I don't know the merit badge requirements) perhaps there could be a separate event for this specific purpose.

                                            (I had some poor experiences with scouting - both as a youth in a couple of towns in this area and later with my sons here in Chico. I'm a bit "wobbly" as far as jumping in with support for scouting but the problems seemed to me to be more with the parents of the scouts than the kids themselves.)

                                            On 12/3/2010 9:01 PM, Anthony Guzzi wrote:

                                             
                                            I had this idea where we have a day event that boy scouts could come to and fulfill their requirements for the geocaching merit badge.  Kinda like a "geocaching merit badge boot camp".





                                            Sent from my handheld computer

                                            On Dec 3, 2010, at 8:14 PM, "thrak@..." <thrak@...> wrote:

                                             

                                            Gary,

                                            If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                            Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                            On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:

                                             

                                            Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                            I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                            I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                            Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                            Gary (Blucruz)

                                          • Nelson
                                            I m a merit badge councilor for the geocaching merit badge (although I haven t had anyone call me yet). For the boys to actually earn the badge, an official
                                            Message 22 of 26 , Dec 3, 2010
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                                              I'm a merit badge councilor for the geocaching merit badge (although I haven't had anyone call me yet). For the boys to actually earn the badge, an official councilor would need to be present to sign off the requirement cards.

                                              The BSA is not final with the geocaching badge's handbook, although the requirements are available online. Scouts can do the requirements (although they should wait until the BSA makes it official), but they cannot actually receive until the badge is added to the advancement system.

                                              Here are the requirements:

                                              http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/04/official-geocaching-merit-badge-requirements-released.html

                                              It's actually a pretty involved badge with lots of requirements.

                                              Ed (of Ed & Julie)

                                               

                                               

                                              From: nuts_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:nuts_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Anthony Guzzi
                                              Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 9:02 PM
                                              To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
                                              Subject: Re: [NUTS] What to do?

                                               

                                               

                                              I had this idea where we have a day event that boy scouts could come to and fulfill their requirements for the geocaching merit badge.  Kinda like a "geocaching merit badge boot camp".

                                               

                                               

                                               

                                               

                                              Sent from my handheld computer


                                              On Dec 3, 2010, at 8:14 PM, "thrak@..." <thrak@...> wrote:

                                               

                                              Gary,

                                              If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                              Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                              On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:

                                               

                                              Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                              I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                              I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                              Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                              Gary (Blucruz)

                                               

                                            • Tamala Gilliland
                                              I m teaching the Geocaching Merit badge on 2/26/11 and found the requirements at: http://scoutingmag.typepad.com/files/geocaching_mb.pdf I would welcome any
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                                                I'm teaching the Geocaching Merit badge on 2/26/11 and found the requirements at:
                                                 
                                                I would welcome any help to teach two classes of about 15-20 scouts each of the sessions on that day if any one would like to do so.  It'll be at the First Baptist church at 8939 E.Stockton Blvd in Elk Grove.
                                                 
                                                Tamala Gilliland
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                                                On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:13 PM, thrak@... <thrak@...> wrote:
                                                 

                                                That might also work with the N.U.T.S. event - in conjunction with it. Can someone detail what the actual requirements are for obtaining the Geocaching Merit Badge? I favor helping kids but am a bit ambivalent about scouting. I do know that eyesofice2us (Mike) was pretty involved with the BSA as a Venturing Adviser and I'd be VERY in favor of doing something like this in his memory. If it wouldn't work in conjunction with the proposed regular N.U.T.S. event (like I said, I don't know the merit badge requirements) perhaps there could be a separate event for this specific purpose.

                                                (I had some poor experiences with scouting - both as a youth in a couple of towns in this area and later with my sons here in Chico. I'm a bit "wobbly" as far as jumping in with support for scouting but the problems seemed to me to be more with the parents of the scouts than the kids themselves.)



                                                On 12/3/2010 9:01 PM, Anthony Guzzi wrote:
                                                 
                                                I had this idea where we have a day event that boy scouts could come to and fulfill their requirements for the geocaching merit badge.  Kinda like a "geocaching merit badge boot camp".





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                                                On Dec 3, 2010, at 8:14 PM, "thrak@..." <thrak@...> wrote:

                                                 

                                                Gary,

                                                If you are thinking of helping a family at Christmas or something of that sort, I've seen that done before. What boggled me is that I work for a state "do gooder" organization. The clerical staff (and myself) came up with everything from a computer to bicycles for the family. (I put together a computer system for the family. Not the latest and greatest but better than the system my wife and I used for college not that long ago.) I literally had a pickup load of stuff and when we dropped it off the guy who was collecting stuff for the families was totally blown away. The "boggled" part is that the counseling staff - who make MUCH more money than the clerical folks - gave exactly ZERO. They were great with giving away our tax money but, when it came to their own money, none of it was forthcoming. Go figure.

                                                Ok - mini rant over. If you are trying to get something of that sort together perhaps we could donate toward the effort. Perhaps some of the cash to buy a few things but mostly the N.U.T.S. could maybe donate to a stash of items. There are giving trees or whatever where you can adopt a family and there's a list of what they need/want/wish for. I don't know how this would be done - you've likely noticed over the past 6 years or so that I'm not an organizer type. I'm just wondering if this is the sort of thing you were angling toward and it wasn't picked up on by our group.

                                                On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Gary McElroy wrote:

                                                 

                                                Well after a week and with responses from only 12 people I'm a little miffed as to why there wasn't more input on this topic. I really would have liked to have done something to make the Holidays a bit better for some less fortunate but with the lack of response I am going to table it for now.
                                                I will comment on the talk about donating gps units to scouting councils though. Based on my past experience as being a Scouting Father for the last 15 years, I would not donate anything to a Council, Boy or Girl Scout. Councils, at least in this area seem to forget about the kids with their corporate mentality. I have seen donations in the form of equipment and supplies go to waste in storage before the council would let the kids have at it.  I would be more than happy to donate to established individual troops but I would not donate to the council as a whole.
                                                I do like Thrak's Idea of having a gathering and therefore there will be  a NUTS Event in early January in Chico or Oroville somewhere so watch for it.
                                                Anyhow we will decide at the event what we will do with whatever is left after the event.
                                                Gary (Blucruz)


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