Summer Camp for Kids: Geocaching, we’re hooked!

by Marie on July 19, 2011

We just discovered Geocaching! How have I missed the fun of this search and find sport? This week I decided to look it up and find out what it was all about as my kids are the perfect age for this type of hunt.

First, you’ll need to head over to Geocaching.com and sign up for a free account. They have a few video tutorials to help you and your kids get the idea of how it all works.

You can search for different geocaches on their site or download an app to your mobile phone. If you have the phone app, it makes it easy to find the 3 closest geocaches near you. We discovered that there were 3 hidden within 1/2  a mile of our house. So fun!! *edit*You can use a regular gps system to find the geocaches, that’s how this even all started. Or below is a comment suggesting a kit from the library if you don’t have either a phone app or gps. 

Your phone or gps will have a map to guide you to your destination. And there are clues from the description to let you know what area it’s going to be.

They’ll even give you a little hint if you need more help. This one said “Finding this cache is going to be a “picnic”!

Once you find the geocache, open it up and see what’s inside. There is usually a log book to sign, so bring a pen.

And if you bring a trinket to trade, you get to take something from the cache. So it’s like a real treasure hunt. You never know what you’re going to find! I have a feeling we’ll be looking to see if there’s a geocache near us everywhere we go!

Have you ever been geocaching? What cool places or treasures have you found?

**And if you’re looking for more activities for your kids who are a little older, come see what we’ve been crafting over at Babycenter’s Momformation. It might be something to the effect of mini weapons of mass destruction!

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