scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: new Basecamp news
Dalton, Lloyd P. (Lloyd.Dalton@UNISYS.COM
Tue Mar 21 2000 - 19:41:50 CST
There are now 355 camps listed. But the real news is that the site
has improved mapping features (a lot of people complained about the
(in)accuracy of the maps).
Basecamp now supports several new types of topographic maps. These maps are
dead-bang accurate, and terriffic for planning hikes or fishing expiditions
(they show lake depths). Aerial photo maps are also supported, through
Microsoft's Terraserver service.
Only a few camps have the lat/lon coordinates entered so far.
Looking up the coordinates for each camp is a bit tedious (about 2-5 minutes
per camp). It is done using the USGS's feature mapping website, which is
amazingly accurate. I hope folks will give me a hand with their favorite
camping spot. Instructions on how to get the coordinates are at:
The "old" style of mapping is still supported--using the address
information for the camps. But this method only works with about 1/2 of the
camps (many don't have "real" street addresses). And the ones that do
aren't always accurate. However, it does work pretty well for driving
As always, the site depends greatly on the efforts of the scouting community
(and not just the ones who are computer-whizzes). I'm thankful for all the
ideas and positive feedback I have recieved so far, and I welcome more
ideas. The site right now is about 30% my original concept and 70% from the
suggestions of others.
Thanks, and happy scOUTing!
SM, Troop 28
St. Cloud, MN