ABC’s of Summer Fun: G is for Geocaching
Geocaching is one of of those things that I’ve wanted to do with my kids for a while now. Just last month we did a practice run when we went camping using a GPS. What better time to get started than summer?
Don’t know what geocaching is? Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.
Geocaching with Kids
Geocaching can be a fun and exciting activity for your whole family. We love hiking and exploring nature. Geocaching is another way to get outdoors as a family and have an adventure!
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Here’s a few websites to help you get started:
- Geocaching.com – Getting Started
- 5 Tips for Geocaching with Kids
- Geocaching Kids
- Geocaching – Treasure Hunting 101
- Hiding Your First Geocache