Go Geocaching!

Geocaching is going on an exciting high-tech treasure hunt using your GPS or iPhone. It's also a family-friendly way to teach your children about the wonders of the great outdoors.

The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches, that contain goodies. The rule is that if you find one, you can take the contents, but you must replace it with something of equal or greater value. If you have a GPS-enabled device, sign up for a free account at www.geocaching.com, the official Global GPS Cache Hunt site, then go on a real-life treasure hunt in your town. You can navigate the GPS coordinates to try and find an item hidden at that location.

What you need to know before you start geocaching...

1. There are several different levels of difficulty. Start with something easy. Some geocaches can be very tricky to find, so set yourself up for success!

2. Not all geocaches contain treasures. Some caches just have a logbook. Make sure you check ahead and set your kids up with proper expectations.

3. You never know what you’ll get when you find a geocache. The ones with a treasure usually have little trinkets or toys. If you have several kids, it’s possible there won’t be enough for everyone to get something. Prepare your kids for this ahead of time!

iTunes apps you can download...

Geocaching Intro
This app guides you through the adventure of finding your first few geocaches. There are tips, hints, and instructions for geocaching as well as using the app. Free. More info.

Geocaching Canada
Geocaching Canada allows you to create and share geocaches with other geocachers in Canada in real time. $1.99. More info.

This app has everything you need to find every kind of geocache and take your geocaching game to the next level. $12.99. More info.

Things to take with you...

1. A pen to sign the logbook.

2. Trinkets, toys, and treasures to swap.

3. Your smartphone of course!

Have fun geocaching! What tips have you found useful when geocaching with kids?

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