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Geocaching, Combining Technology with the Great Outdoors

Child Care Council Article by Pam Patrick

 

As a child I loved to play Hide and Seek.  I don’t know if it was the thrill of hiding and waiting to be found, or the excitement of trying to find whoever was hiding.  It was great fun back in the days before technology took over almost every aspect of our daily lives.  Today’s children are so engrossed in technology that many don’t get the outdoor exposure that we had a s children.

 

A great way to combine the technology that kids are so fond of with the great outdoors is to go “Geocaching!”  All you need is a computer at home and a handheld GPS or mobile phone with downloading capabilities.  A geocache is a hidden container which can be any size, hidden anywhere outside, and containing a logbook of some sort.  Players register at www.geocaching.com for free and can search for geocaches by location via the website.  Download the coordinates to your GPS and it will point you in the direction of the cache.  Then, you follow your compass to look for the cache.  Once you find it, simply sign your name in the logbook, replace the cache as you found it, and then log it as found on the website.

 

My family has found caches as small as the tip of a finger, high up in trees, under fallen logs, in the woods, and in very public areas.  The thrill is in finding them, wherever they may be.  It’s a great family and kid-friendly activity and a fun way to get outside, get some fresh air, and get everyone moving!

 

For more information, go to www.geocaching.com.  You can sign up for free and get started right away!  For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching or www.geocaching.com.

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