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Geocaching: The sport for gifted kids of all ages

"This GPS "treasure" hunt is a high-tech hide-and-hike-and-seek game, a cache-smash worldwide scavenger stalk. [One geocacher] sees it as an opportunity to take kids on adventures to unfamiliar territory. "Geocaching is a way to give kids the idea that there's a whole world out there other than what they know from their home neighborhoods and video games," he said.  Geocaching within Philadelphia city limits has its appeal, too, particularly to history buffs. Old City is riddled with caches with names that suggest founding-father themes..." from Geocachers Get Around by Lindsay J. Warner, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Also visit Nature and Gifted Children for the research on why gifted kids and adults should Go Out And Play!

Geocaching.com Recommended  Start with the What is Geocaching? video
Welcome to Geocaching!  Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.  Also visit...
bulletGroundspeak Forums discussion groups for Geocachers
bulletThe History of Geocaching or the day they switched off the Big Blue Switch!
bulletFrequently Asked Questions about Geocaching, Glossary of Terms and Geocache Types
bulletLearn about trackable items: Geocoin FAQ and Travel Bug FAQ
bulletGroundspeak Gear the official store of Geocaching.com
 
Hoagies' Gifted: Geocaching 101: How to find your first cache Recommended
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page guide to getting started in Geocaching!  Step by step, it's easy.  You can do it!  Alone, with your spouse, your family or your scouts or students, geocaching is a sport that has something for everyone!
bulletGeocaching Acronyms learn all those abbreviations you see in logs and caches...
bulletGeocaching 102: More fun with Geocaching! learn about different kinds of geocaches, including multis, events, puzzles, earth caches and more...
bulletGeocaching 103: Puzzle Caches how in the world am I supposed to figure out that puzzle cache?
bulletGeocaching 104: Creating and Placing Your Own Geocaches take the next step in Geocaching... place your own cache!
bulletGeocaching 105: Using Geocaching Premium membership features learn about statistics, pocket queries, Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK) and more...

 
FTF: First To Find Magazine Recommended
The magazine for Geocachers everywhere!  Great stories, highlights on caching hotspots, and more... Also on Facebook as FTF Geocacher Magazine
 
Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK) Recommended
The "all in one Geocaching and waypoint management tool."  PC program to manipulate Geocaching.com PQs, download data to your GPS, log multiple caches simultaneously, generate statistics to confirm geocaching challenges, and lots more!
 
The Box That Watch Found by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children Mysteries #113)
One day in the park, the Aldens' dog, Watch, comes across a mysterious box with a note inside. "Congratulations!" the note says. "You've found it!" The box is part of a fun new treasure-hunting game...
 
Cache Me If You Can, the Geocaching Board Game (or from Amazon) (2-4 players, ages 8+)
There are an estimated 5 million people geocaching, and now you can bring that kind of fun to your living room. For those times when you and some friends just want to go on the hunt without going out, now you can. It's all here! Caches, geo-coins, hazards, multi-caches, puzzle caches, muggles, and even a Swag Store. Just like real geocaching, ther are surprise along the way! Never the same way twice...
 
Cacheopedia
A wiki-based online encyclopedia, reference, and guide for the sport of geocaching...
 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching by The Editors & Staff of Geocaching.com or for Kindl
Comprehensive, yet entertaining and easy-to-understand book for getting started and having fun with geocaching-the high-tech version of hide-and-seek for global positioning system (GPS) users. This second edition includes two new tools of the game-Waymarking and Wherigo...
 
The Essential Guide to Geocaching: Tracking Treasure with Your GPS by Mike Dyer
With the introduction of the personal GPS unit, people everywhere use these new devices to participate in what can only be called a high-tech treasure hunt. By logging on to a geocaching website, anyone can locate coordinates to a hidden cache, plan their route, and be on their way with map, compass, and GPS receiver. The hidden cache contains a logbook and a number of trinkets that can be traded by fortunate seekers. The Essential Guide to Geocaching provides outdoor ethics and safety information, including resources and product guides...
 
Geocachers Get Around by Lindsay J. Warner, The Philadelphia Inquirer
This is geocaching. It's open to anyone - hiders or seekers - with a GPS and access to www.geocaching.com, where more than half a million registered users download and upload the coordinates of nearly 1 million hidden caches and relate their experiences from this worldwide scavenger hunt.  Although some adventures can take hours or even days, the contents inside the actual cache are rarely valuable - many times just a logbook and a small, worthless trinket.  But participants aren't in it for the goods...
 
Geocaching: Fun for the Whole Family
One of the great byproducts of caching has been discovering things in our own backyard that we didn’t even know were there. It allows you the chance to go to places nearby that you normally rush past. We’ve found...
 
GeoCoinfest 2014 Mega Event
Annual event to give geocachers an introduction to geocoins with workshops about designing your own coin, vendor tables for buying coins and trading tables for allowing collectors to meet and trade coins...
 
GeoScouting
Geoscouting is the partnership of Scouting and Geocaching to help promote recruiting, retention, advancement and public relations of your Scouting Pack, Troop or Crew...
 
GeoWoodstock
An annual get-together of geocachers from all over the world, the world's largest geocaching-related event. It is a relaxed, friendly, and free gathering. Typical activities at GeoWoodstock events have included meeting people, prize giveaways, geocoin trading, travel bug swaps, classes and seminars, and of course, caching like crazy!
 
Join the Geocaching.com Community
A basic membership on Geocaching.com is free and requires only a valid email address and your name to create an account. Premium Membership (per year or for 3 months) provides extra features and functionality that will help you get the most out of your geocaching experiences!  Download caches along a route, learn about new caches, and more. You can also give a Geocaching.com gift membership... a great gift idea for your teen or your favorite gifted webmaster!
 
Modern Treasure Hunts for the Whole Family
They found themselves in the parking lot of a suburban shopping center that she says she had probably been to hundreds of times. But the hunt did not end there. They walked around a bush to pinpoint the cache, and there, much to her surprise, was an 18th-century graveyard...
 
What the Heck is Geocaching? A Beginner's Guide
A more detailed introduction to basic and advanced aspects of Geocaching, including Premium Membership, pocket queries, programs for your computer including the free EasyGPS or reasonably priced GSAK, and hints on some of the basic hide types: light pole caches and magnetic key holders...

More on Geocaching...

Geocaching Blogs Other Caching Websites
Other great search challenges... Geocaching and Travel Bug Stores

Geocaching Blogs...

CacheCrazy
Some thoughts, experiences and ideas on Geocaching and everything that goes with a lifestyle of connecting with nature and just having fun.  Don't miss his interview with a Geocaching.com reviewer!  And for kids or adults, Creativity in Geocaching, by 13-year-old athenagrrlsx3
 
GeoCache: I'm NOT Obsessed... Right? HeadHardHat's Geocaching Insights
A treasure trove of geocaching information, including HeadHardHat's GeoSnippits Geocaching Videos series...
 
I'd Rather Be Caching
Although this blog hasn't been active since 2012, I'd Rather Be Caching has some great puzzle solving blog posts in it's archives. Check out Solving Puzzle Caches, Solving Puzzle Caches: Codes, Solving Puzzle Caches: Ciphers, and others!
 
Latitude 47 The official blog of Geocaching.com
In honor of the tenth anniversary of Geocaching.com, share the adventures of other geocachers on Latitude 47. Find unusual caches, cache caption contests, caching success stories and more. Why Latitude 47?  Visit and learn...
 
Peanuts or Pretzels
Life is awesome, and this world is amazing. We’re married travel bloggers who absolutely love to travel around the world, and getting to know the culture and the people who live there. We are always up for laughter, a good adventure, and possibly a bit of geocaching!
 

Other Caching Websites...

TerraCaching
An alternative geocaching website (founded 2004) which encourages community among geocachers by requiring a cacher have two "sponsors" (other TerraCaching geocachers) in order to list a cache. Caches are ranked by caching peers. TerraCaching prides itself on "quality over quantity..."
 
OpenCaching Network (all OpenCaching networks world-wide, including OpenCaching North America)
An alternative geocaching website (founded 2010) which encourages unique, quality geocaches, approved by the O.C. team and rated by the geocaching community...

While there are other geocaching sites, none have up-to-date listings and community like Geocaching.com and TerraCaching have; I'll add others as they become more active.

Other great search challenges...

Benchmarking
Using your GPS unit and/or written directions provided by NGS, which are available for review by the public, you can seek out NGS survey markers and other items that have been marked in the USA...
 
Degree Confluence Project
The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location... there's one no more than 49 miles from you!
 
Letterboxing
An intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places...
 
Waymarking
Share and discover unique and interesting locations on the planet!

Geocoin and Travel Bug stores
A variety of stores featuring both simple and amazing detailed geocoins and travelbugs, plus gear to hide your own geocaches, including cache containers, cache ID stickers, cache logs.  Also consider a Google search for "geocoins" or "travel bugs." (alphabetical order, no priority implied)
bulletCache Advance the original publisher of the magnetic car Travel Bug and other great caching gear, including kids gear!
bulletCache At Night Fire Tacks and other night caching gear plus Geo-Achievement Coins
bulletCachingContainers Just containers... and lots of them!
bulletCacheBox large selection of containers, travel bugs, geocoins, GPS, accessories and more
bulletCoins and Pins with inexpensive full-color Fun Coins
bulletCrake Productions unusual and translucent coins
bulletCrazy Caches Mean and devious containers, including GeoBall Golf Ball and GeoPOOP (cat)
bulletGeocaching Stuff nanos, camo bison tubes, electrical plates, fence post caps, golf ball cache! nut & bolt cache, hollowed books for library caches, drain cache, other evil caches
bulletThe Geocoin Store many coins, including glow-in-the-dark coins and trackable Nametags to wear
bulletGeoswag Oakcoin geocoins and full-color inexpensive Traveling Tags
bulletGXProxy Caching gear and coins, plus their signature Proxy coins to replace missing trackables or send out instead!
bulletLandSharkz Canadian geocoin source, world-wide shipping
bullet My Geocaching Store cache containers plus lots of little details: micro-tweezers, neodymium magnets, replacement o-rings, and lots more
bullet Pathtags.com Pathtags are personal trading items. Create your own and organize your collection here
bulletSouth Mountain Traders geocoins, cachekinz, travel bugs, t-shirts, and more
bulletSpace Coast Geocaching Store one of the largest suppliers of coins and geocaching supplies, including snake and bug bison tube caches, lots more
bullet TechBlazer Free Geocaching Log Sheets print your own at home!
bulletUSA Geocoins including vehicle travel bug decals, static clings and magnets, to make your vehicle trackable

Have your own Geocoins made for a special event or club, or wooden nickels or pathtags for your personal "calling card"...
bulletOakcoins design your own Geocoins!
bulletPathtags Recommended quarter-size personal signature or trading items, popular at Geocaching events...
bulletWooden-nickel.net wooden nickels, inexpensive personal signature items

 

Updated July 14, 2014

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