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Geocaching with Kids
 
What is Geocaching? How to Begin Geocaching? Tips for Geocaching with Kids Geocaching Codes Safety Tips for Geocaching

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a fast growing game played throughout the world.  It is basically a high-tech treasure hunt where the adventure seekers are equipped with GPS devices.  It is a great event for people of all ages.  Geocaching is a great pastime, and a wonderful family event.  The game is free to play but you will need a handheld GPS receiver.  This is something that you can do at home, while visiting friends or family or even on vacation.

Object Of Geocaching?

The object of the game is to use the GPS receiver to guide you to a destination where a hidden container, otherwise known as cache, is stored.  This container will house a logbook and some goodies.  Once found you should sign the logbook with your name, include the date, and a description of your experience locating the cache.  These geocaching events can range from a simple, easy-to-find cache to one that requires hiking to find it.  Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world.  Participants will hide caches in parks, along bike trails, in dog parks, at the beach, or in secluded wooded areas.   It is a great way to get the family out for some fresh air and exercise.

Initially, you will find that your family enjoys searching for the geocaches but as time progresses you will want to take it to the next level -- hiding a cache for others to locate!

Quick Geocaching Steps...

  • Register online at www.geocaching.com

  • Login to your account

  • Enter your zipcode and press GO

  • Review the geocache list and find one that has the terrain and difficulty rating appropriate for your family.

  • Click on the name of your selected geocache.

  • Read the comments and check the container size to make sure it is suitable.

  • Get the coordinates for the geocache.

  • Enter the coordinates into your GPS device to help you find the hidden treasure.

  • Take pictures of your adventure.

  • Once found make your trade, sign the logbook and return the cache to its original location.

  • Share your experience online.