Family Geocaching 101

Have you ever heard of geocaching? It is a great new activity. Geocaching is an activity like a scavenger hunt, but using GPS coordinates.  For example, you can search for geocaching locations in your area and then travel to find the spot–where a special geocaching box  or ‘treasure’ is.

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There are over 700,000 locations right now! Many are in smaller towns too.  Even if your area does not have one, you could set some up.

When to use Family Geocaching with Kids:

1) In a new city

This is a great way to get to know a new city.  If you have kids and do not want to spend a lot of money, this can be a great way to bond and get around town!

2) With Techie Kids

Techie kids love geocaching.  It is an adventure using gadgets!

3) To Create Memories!

This is an amazing way for families to bond.  You can also sign the log and leave more objects in the treasure you find.

4) To Have Teachable Moments

There is a lot you can ‘teach’ when doing geocaching with your kids, teens and family.  For example, they must be respectful to put the object back where they found it.  They have to be polite when signing the log. They have to be detail oriented when searching.

5) To Get Kids Outside

This is one of the few techie activities that is out of the house…outdoors! They can actually get quite a bit of exercise if you time the hunt or pick a geocach location on a trail or hiking area!

We love having unique ideas for our parent readers and hope you love this one!

3 Responses to “Family Geocaching 101”

  1. Rachel
    March 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    LOVE geocaching! learned about it in my bio internship! there are a bunch all over the place. and some you REALLY need to look hard for b/c they’re so sneaky :) like my teacher once found one in a golf ball or the cover of a fence post. its really fun :)

  2. Omi S. & her Pup, BenderOak
    December 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    I Love Geocaching. It’s one of the few ways to get my nerdy family outside, plus, it’s a great way to get Bender Oak (my beloved dog) exercise!

    We blog and post to Youtube about our adventures, check us out sometime!

    http://benderoak.blogspot.com/2010/12/geocaching-way-to-craft-adventure.html

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