[GeoStL] Re: An actual geocaching topic...what do you think about the frisbee rule?

  • From: Mike Lusicic <lusicic@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2008 11:01:07 -0600

- This discussion happened over a year ago. Not sure when those happened, or whether they were general discussions or specific about placing an individual cache. I will find out who the guy is and let you know.

Laura D wrote:

I don’t know which Sunset Hills guy you were talking to, but I have discussed geocaching with Vic and another guy (forgot his name), and I know that RGS has discussed geocaching with them too.

 


From: geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Lusicic
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 10:46 AM
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Subject: [GeoStL] Re: An actual geocaching topic...what do you think about the frisbee rule?

 

Our scoutmaster is personal friends with the guy that runs the Sunset Hills parks. I took the troop on some hikes that included geocaching. I mentioned the geocaching course at Whitecliff, and the scoutmaster immediately thought that such a project would be a good Eagle project for my son when the time comes, and he asked the parks manager if he wanted to do that. He liked the idea as well. The scoutmaster relayed that to me, and when I told him that there were already several caches in the park, and a course like the one in the Crestwood park would probably not be possible because of the density of caches already in the park, he of course relayed that back to the park manager. He said he didn't know anything at all about there being caches in his parks.

Now, when that happens, I can imagine a lot of different reactions. One of them COULD be the feeling of being "violated". Someone doing something in MY park without my permission. Another is fear of insurance and legal issues. If either of those thoughts come first, the first reaction is going to be anger, and might result in the immediate removal of caches and a negative attitude about any further caching from others seeking permissions since geocachers are now associated with the notion that they are irresponsible and inconsiderate of the park management.

I agree that geocaching in itself should be a harmful enough activity that permission should hardly be required, but there are those circumstances where the cache hider just doesn't know what the park manager knows, and mutual cooperation is probably a nicer more effective road to travel for all involved. Courtesy goes a long way. It is so sad that in today's society it seems to be considered an artifact of a bygone era.

Michael Rogers wrote:

Personally, I think it's one of the best unofficial "rules" out there. If anyone has ever dealt with government on any level, they know how much of a pain it can be. Personally, I feel that it's pointless to go asking permission to use a park as any other person would when they would never have to ask permission to use it themselves. Granted, many municipalities have policies in regards to geocaching and they should and must be followed, but for those areas that don't? Cache away I say...

 

What say you?

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