What the Heck Is Geocaching

If you have been involved in camping and outdoor activities all your life, you too may be asking,

“What the heck is geocaching?”

Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunt.  It’s hiking on a mission.

Geocaching (pronounced “geo cashing”) is an outdoor activity in which participants use GPS enabled devices to find containers, called geocaches.

Caches are hidden waterproof containers which contain a logbook and a small prize.  These containers come in various sizes.   They may be very small or up to the size of a 5 gallon bucket.   Geocachers may take the small prize as long as they replace it with a prize of equal or greater value.

Some caches contain Trackables, such as Geocoins or Travel Bugs.  You do not keep the Trackables.  Log them in online and then hide them in the next geocache you find.  The goal with Trackables is to see how far they will travel.   Monitor their journey online.

Geocaching started in 2000 and has been growing in popularity.  Geocaches are currently in over 100 countries around the world and over 7 continents.  There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide.

How do you get started on your own geocaching adventure? Follow these easy steps.

How to Get Started Geocaching

1.  Get Equipment.  You may use a GPS handheld unit or a GPS enabled cell phone or smart phone.

2.  Go to www.geocaching.com to find coordinates to the geocaches.

3.  If you take something from the cache, leave something of equal or greater value.

4.  Write about your find in the cache logbook.

5.  Log your experience at www.geocaching.com


Geocaching is a fun family activity.  Next time you go camping,  instead of just going on a hike, why not go on a treasure hunt?   If you do, let us know about your geocaching adventure.   Until then,

I’ll see ya by the campfire!




Have you taken your kids geocaching?   Tell us about your adventure or share any tips you have pertaining to geocaching.


Photo:  Children geocaching, Accokeek Foundation 2 By chesbayprogram

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