Well it’s school holidays, all around the globe.
So there are parents everywhere who are looking for ways to entertain their offspring without costing them a financial fortune . . . . . or their sanity.
So I want to introduce to you the idea of GeoCaching .
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?
- It’s a combination of bush hiking & orienteering
- Using clues from worldwide ( & local) websites – you utilise orienteering and mapping skills to locate a container (like a lunchbox) in a public location
- You can do the GeoCache activity once or many, many times
- You can just seek
- 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 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!
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.
Let’s get started.
What you need:
- A GPS tracker or GPS tracking app on your mobile phone (see list below ++)
- A ‘key‘ to the terms and symbols for the trek
- A little notebook or passport (per child)
- A pen or pencil (per child)
- A stamp pad
- A stamp (per child) – to use instead of the pen when leaving your details at the GeoCache
- GeoCache Guru – a guide who would be happy to help you through your first CeoCache if you are not confident
++ GPS Tracker Apps
OR just do a search with the term . . .
“gps tracking app +(your phone brand)”
Planning your GeoCache:
This is a fantastic way to spend a morning/afternoon to plan a day trip.
- 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.
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.