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As an employee of Jefferson Community and Technical College, I recently had the opportunity to help organize a leadership retreat for the students of the Carrollton Campus. The March 26 retreat included a series of leadership and team building activities at General Butler State Resort Park and the Carrollton Campus Student Government Association provided lunch at Two Rivers Restaurant.
The 29 students that participated were introduced to an outdoor activity called Geocaching (www.geocaching.com). Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunt where the participants use GPS receivers to hunt hidden containers. Containers could be small plastic boxes to items as large as metal ammo cans normally filled with small trade items. This event featured a Geocache hunt for temporary Geocaches hidden around General Butler Park. The hunt required the students to work in teams using the GPS receiver, descriptions of the Geocache hides, hints and their wits to find as many as possible in a two hour time limit. They found clues in each of the Geocaches to help solve a mystery as they explored several different areas of the park.
In addition, the students learned about environmental responsibility. The teams participated in Cache In, Trash Out (CITO). This is the practice of picking up trash to help beautify the area where you participate in Geocaching. The five teams collected enough trash to fill a 50 gallon trash can during their activities helping make the trails and public areas of the park even more beautiful for visitors. Students also learned about responsible hiking and the Tread Lightly initiatives (www.treadlightly.org) to help minimize impact on the environment when outdoors.
I would like to thank those that helped to make this event such a huge success. Amy Alsup at General Butler State Resort Park provided the college with meeting space. Donna Burns at Dow Corning, Cheryl Foster at Gallatin Steel, Katie Martin at Hometown Pizza, Christina Ehret at the JCTC Bookstore and Sgt. Travis Theis at The Kentucky Army National Guard all provided donations that were used as prizes for students that participated in the event. In addition, Tim Hendrick and the Carroll County Extension Service provided GPS receivers to use for this event. Special thanks and acknowledgement also goes to Josh Craig (JCTC student), Sara Hunt (JCTC staff), Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wallen (Geocaching enthusiasts) and Cindy Enoch (Geocaching enthusiast) for helping plan and operate the Geocaching event. Thanks also go to park manager Tim Hibbard for allowing us to host the event at the park.
Jefferson Community and Technical College is lucky to have such great support in the community.
Coordinator of Academic Programs