by Erin Schloss
If you are like me, you are asking yourself, “What is geocaching?” I’ve heard this term on several occasions and decided it was time to find out.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. These coordinates can be located on several geocaching websites and apps and are only accessible to registered members.
“Who can be a geocacher?” Anyone! In fact, that’s one of the draws of geocaching. Girl Scout troops or families can trek about in search of finding the next cache. Caches are hidden in both easy and hard to find places, and the owners of these caches are pretty creative.
I tagged along with a “Cacher” who showed me several hidden caches throughout my own town. Some were hidden in plain sight. However, when finding one of these treasures, you must be very discreet to avoid catching the eye of a “muggle” or a non-cacher. Other things to remember when caching:
- Leave the cache where you found it
- If you take something from the cache, you must leave something in its place (of equal value)
- Never put anything in the cache that could expire (i.e. food)
- Cache owners are responsible for maintaining their caches
- Geocache in groups for safety and support
All in all, I found Geocaching to be both challenging and rewarding, but most of all fun. The cachers are some of the most enthusiastic, passionate sportsmen I have ever encountered and their excitement and dedication for the sport makes you want to be part of the fun. We can help you get started with our Perfectly Effortless Program: Geocaching. So gather your Girl Scouts, get up, get out and get Geocaching!