Happy Birthday to the Girl Scouts! Today, March 12th, marks the day when in 1912 Juliette Gordon Low registered the Girl Scout’s first 18 members in Savannah, Georgia.

You might be wondering why we’re talking about the Girl Scouts here on a GIS blog. It’s not just because we have those delicious Thin Mint cookies on the brain. It’s because we love to see our girls get into anything and everything geospatial…and the Girl Scouts have a skill-building award for geocaching. Geocache is a combination of ‘geo’, which means ‘earth’, and ‘cache’, which means ‘a hiding place’. Geocaching describes a hiding place you can find using a GPS unit. So geocaching is part technical and part adventure - not to mention a chance to get outside with friends and enjoy the great outdoors. How fun is that?

If you know a Girl Scout who might be interested in geocaching, check out these links for tips and advice on getting her started:

Geocaching 101

Geocaching Adventure Kit

Tips for Responsible Geocaching

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