Norwich – Tyler Lindner, member of Girl Scout Troop 30378 of Norwich has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award the organization offers, for her project titled ‘God is on the Move’ which uses hide and seeks apps to help connect the faith community.
Linder's Gold Award project is focused on connecting families to the Christian faith. As part of the project she hid geocaches at over 50 churches in Chenango County. Participants use an app on their phone locate hidden stashes.
"Geocaching is just something me and my family love to do, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate that," said Linder.
She hopes that the geocaches will inspire families to look at church in a new way and be more open to the experience. As an added bonus, the project will get more families outdoors and spending time together, a perfect fall activity.
Linder explains geocaching as a "high tech treasure hunt.” To participate, download the free geocaching app which is available for Android and Apple products. A map will show the general area where geocaches are located and provide hints for finding them.
"When you find them you sign the little log book inside. Sometimes there are trinkets inside, you can take and replace them, or just put them back," said Linder.