Munzee now installed. Not a huge number in our local area, but I’ve been inspired enough to give it a fiddle. Definitely looks to have potential and is covid friendly. But does seem to eat data… We’ll see tomorrow!!
Rather depends how you are running it as an exercise. Are you letting the cadets loose in groups/pairs, or are they being led directly by staff members? If the former, then it is more like an orienteering exercise; the question would be how are you going to bound the area or supervise the groups? If the latter, then it’s just a standard day walk really.
This is often the problem with ‘orienteering’ style exercises in terms of sign off - it’s rarely described well how the exercise is going to be controlled.
Map either with a prepopulated route which the group has planned or, a series of potential route options within an area to give the cadets options on the day.
Supervision plan if cadets are operating remotely.
AT ticket relative to area + first aid (I’d stick to doing it in BEL/LLA terrain)
Kit wise, a standard day of lowland leader kit for the troops. A mobile phone or two with Geocaching app installed (although in the post-covid world of “not sharing”, you’ll need more!). Some maps. You can do it via GPS receiver instead instead. Oh. And some data signal!
Personally I’ve never done it remotely supervised. I’ve always worked with small groups of 4-6, directly supervised, got them to plan a journey around a known Geocache rich area which is both full of interest and nav features. Ideally away from major roads etc and muggles (non Geocaching people).
Ideally you would have recently done a recce. Checked the caches are there. That they are safe and not in high risk locations or ones where cadets will have to do something unsafe to get them. That they are current and active. That they do not contain any “unsafe” contents or in an area where which could be risky (a recent cache I found is known as “junkie alley”).
Under the covid stuff there’s a definite lean towards “lead activity” rather than nav training. There’s also the covid issues around handling unknown stuff with unknown origins. Historically we mitigated this with a liberal application of HandSan - but I would feel uncomfortable with it at present - hence Munzee may prove a better option.
For me, it just brings another dimension to a day walk or nav exercise. It can be used to reinforce navigation training similar to orienteering. I also use to to relate features from Google Maps (which what the geocaching app uses), Satellite images (from Google earth) and OS 1:25, 1:50 or Harvey maps.
Even on day walks I’ve previously done with sqns I’ve often managed to show the cadets a Geocache or two along the way for interest (and to up my own logbook).