Well it’s school holidays, all around the globe.

So there are parents everywhere who are looking for ways to entertain their offspring GeoCaching is a wicked FREE activity to get involved with and is fantastic for children who need extra physical activity to keep them stimulated and occupied - especially during School Holidayswithout costing them a financial fortune . . . . . or their sanity.

So I want to introduce to you the idea of GeoCaching .

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GeoCaching is a wicked FREE activity to get involved with and is fantastic for children who need extra physical activity to keep them stimulated and occupied - especially during School Holidays

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A totally FREE and absolutely wicked activity, which is basically a massive treasure hunt using the internet and your phone.

So exactly what is GeoCaching?

  1. It’s a combination of bush hiking & orienteering
  2. Using clues from worldwide ( & local) websites – you utilise orienteering and mapping skills to locate a container (like a lunchbox) in a public location
  3. You can do the GeoCache activity once or many, many times
  4. You can just seek
  5. Or better still – you can make your own GeoCache locations if you get hooked AND there is a whole community online to get involved with.

GeoCaching is a wicked FREE activity to get involved with and is fantastic for children who need extra physical activity to keep them stimulated and occupied - especially during School Holidays

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GeoCaching started in Oregon USA on the quite specific date of 3rd May 2000.

Doing a bit of background research will really spark your interest, as it is just such an exciting activity. So check out all the links that I have provided, as they are really interesting and informative.

  • Read all the FAQ’s to really understand where to start and what it’s all about
  • Check out this article giving a good interview and describing another aspect of GeoCaching called Munzee (where the ‘clues’ are actually QR Codes that can be scanned by your phone).
  • This page gives a great description of the types of GeoCaching.
  • And this site is the Home of GeoCaching in Australia. Beaudy Bob!

GeoCaching is a wicked FREE activity to get involved with and is fantastic for children who need extra physical activity to keep them stimulated and occupied - especially during School Holidays

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But do you know what’s SO fantastic about GeoCaching? . . . . It’s that the children get to really Create so many elements of the process, and this means many more hours of occupied time.
Sound good?

Let’s get started.

What you need:

  1. A GPS tracker or GPS tracking app on your mobile phone (see list below ++)
  2. A ‘key‘ to the terms and symbols for the trek
  3. A little notebook or passport (per child)
  4. A pen or pencil (per child)

Optional Extras:

  1. A stamp pad
  2. A stamp (per child) – to use instead of the pen when leaving your details at the GeoCache
  3. GeoCache Guru – a guide who would be happy to help you through your first CeoCache if you are not confident

++ GPS Tracker Apps

* Blackberry – here
* iPhone – here
* Samsung – here

OR just do a search with the term . . .
“gps tracking app +(your phone brand)”

.GeoCaching is a wicked FREE activity to get involved with and is fantastic for children who need extra physical activity to keep them stimulated and occupied - especially during School Holidays

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Planning your GeoCache:

This is a fantastic way to spend a morning/afternoon to plan a day trip.
You can;

  • make a list of what you need for the adventure
  • cook some cupcakes
  • organise a backpack of supplies
  • plan the route and print a map.

The children can even Create a little somethin’ somethin’ to leave at the GeoCache site – a little momento from your family.

.GeoCaching is a wicked FREE activity to get involved with and is fantastic for children who need extra physical activity to keep them stimulated and occupied - especially during School Holidays

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 I think GeoCaching is a totally awesome way to spend a couple of days with your children.

And I have absolutely no doubt that once they get a taste for it, they will want to plan a GeoCache trip each and every holiday.

Go have some fun!

And as always – if you have a great time, share your experience in the Comments below and also on our Facebook page.

I’d genuinely love to hear all about your trek.
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