Jackson County - Geocaching

Youth participating in the geocaching project will try to locate hidden containers called geocaches using GPS enabled devices and then share their experiences through their exhibit.

Project Resources

Accessibility statement:

The following PDF document is available in print in the Jackson County Extension Office.

Exhibit guidelines

4-H member must fill out a record sheet to be turned in with the green / white record book.

All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member's exhibit. This reference list should / might include web site links, people, and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.

Exhibit one of the following:

  1. Create a poster or notebook on some aspect of geocaching. Some topics might be:
    • Geocaching Safety Tips
    • Helpful Geocaching Tools
    • How to Prepare for a Geocache Outing
    • How to Read a Compass
    • How to use coordinates on a GPS device to find geocaches
    • Or some other interesting geocache topic, etc.
  2. Create a Record Book / Notebook to keep track of all of your geocache adventures
    • Include log records, photos of your finds (such as trackables, geocoins, etc.)
  3. Create a geocache that is ready to hide
    • Include official log finders to sign, cache explanation, tradable items, first to find reward, etc. Be sure to decorate it with camouflage paint or tape to blend with the intended hiding location.
  4. Plan and conduct a geocaching outing and document the event with photos.
  5. Plan a "Cache in Trash Out" Community Service project. Include finds and interesting details of the adventure.
  6. Display a collection of your favorite geocache found items
    • Use your imagination and create your own project related to geocaching. Each year should show development and increase in scope and difficulty.
  7. Create your own project
    • Your options are varied and it is up to you to be creative!
Exhibit class guidelines

There will be three divisions divided according to members' grades: Beginner (Grades 3 - 5), Intermediate (Grades 6 - 8), Advanced (Grades 9 - 12). Exhibit options are the same for all youth in grades 3 - 12.