Looking for something fun to do this summer? Try Geocaching!
Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting adventure game anyone can play and if that’s not enticing enough, it is FREE to join. All you need is a GPS-enabled device, which most of us have accessible on our cell phones. Adventure seekers navigate a specific set of GPS coordinates and then travel on foot (car, scooter etc.) to hunt down the geocache (treasure) hidden at that location. Geocaches vary in size and appearance. In the field you will find anything from a clear plastic container to a fake rock with a secret compartment. These geocaches (containers) hold several trade items. To find out what these treasure trade items are, you’ll have to play the game!
Geocaches can be found all over the world. You may be surprised to learn that these locations could be at your local park, at the end of a grueling hike, underwater or simply at the end of your own city street.
There are 1,442,841 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide. To discover more about the history of geocaching, click here
How is the game played? At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:
- Register for a free Basic Membership.
- Visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page.
- Enter your postal code and click “search.”
- Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
- Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
- Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
- Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
- Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
What are the rules?
- If you take something from the geocache (or “cache”), leave something of equal or greater value.
- Write about your find in the cache logbook.
- Log your experience at http://www.geocaching.com/default.aspx.
To find out more and to get started on your adventure, visit www.geocaching.com.