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A Guide to Geocaching: Fun for the Whole Family

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Whether you are looking for something fun and exciting thing to do, trying to burn off a few calories, or explore new areas, geocaching is a great option. This outdoor activity brings different aspects of enjoyment for everyone in your group. Geocaching uses a GPS receiver to locate a hidden “cache” that has been assigned specific coordinates. These boxes have been placed by other geocaching enthusiasts who are ready to share the fun with others.

Geocaching History:

The geocaching revolution came into existence in May of 2000. Prior to that point, GPS satellites were strictly for military use. After President Clinton revealed that the Selective Availability (SA), a scrambling method, was to be turned off. As a way of celebrating the end of SA Dave Ulmer devised a brilliant treasure hunting game using the newly accessible satellites. He placed some small items in a box in a wooded area near Portland, Oregon, and posted its where abouts on USENET. Within a day, those items were located and more items were hidden in the same manner.

Classic Geocache

Rules of Play:

Geocaching has become a widespread activity that many people enjoy participating in. Whether you are looking to hide cache or find one, here are few guidelines that will help you get the most out of your adventure.


  • Cache- pick a weather safe box that will be suitable to hold small treasures. The items you place inside do not need to be of significant value, just something fun for people to find.
  • Location- choose a place that is suitable for placing the cache. Make sure you aren’t trespassing or violating any laws where you plan to leave the treasure.
  • Hiding- get creative when you hide the box. It is the most fun to hide it in a location that isn’t out in the open. This makes the hunt even more exciting and full of adventure.
  • Listing- once you have put a cache together and found a suitable place to hide it, then it is time to tell the world the coordinates at http://www.geocaching.com/.


Coordinates- find coordinates to hidden caches in an area that you would like to visit. You can choose a location that is close to where you live, or you can make a day trip of it.

Locate- use your GPS device to locate the coordinates of the box. Drive as close to the location as possible, but be prepared to hike to the final destination.

Find- once you get close to the coordinates, the real fun begins. Many times, those that place caches have hidden the treasure in unlikely locations. It will take a group effort to find the box.

Treasure- after you locate the box full of trinkets, you have a choice to make. Either you can swap the item out with an item of your own, or you can leave the box as it is.

Share- let everyone know about your find by listing your success on the geocaching website.


Anytime you accomplish a task as a group or family, you bring a sense of unity and pride to all involved. Geocaching is a fun hobby that will enhance your quality time with your loved ones. Working together as a team to locate a hidden treasure will be an experience that will have you reminiscing for days to come.

This modern day form of treasure hunting can bring thrill and fun at virtually no cost. With the use of an independent GPS guiding system or even your GPS enabled smartphone, you are ready to begin your treasure hunt. When you venture out to find a geocache, don't be surprised to find yourself in parts of your town that you have never explored before. Geocaching is an inspirational game that brings adventure and enthusiasm for the world around you. You won’t regret adding geocaching to your regular outings.

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