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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
101: How to find your first cache
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!
Start with the
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...
First To Find Magazine
The magazine for Geocachers everywhere! Great stories, highlights on
caching hotspots, and more...
Box That Watch Found by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children
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...
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...
A wiki-based online encyclopedia, reference, and guide for the sport of
Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching by The Editors & Staff of
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...
Essential Guide to Geocaching: Tracking Treasure with Your GPS by Mike
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...
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...
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
Geoscouting is the partnership of Scouting and Geocaching to help promote
recruiting, retention, advancement and public relations of your Scouting
Pack, Troop or Crew...
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!
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
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...
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...
Puzzle Caches: an Introduction, Solving Tools
- Instructional puzzle cache series...
- Start your puzzle caching by solving these puzzle caches, even if you
don't live anywhere near the caches. If you're lucky enough to live or visit
near the geocaches (both series are located in Florida) you can also make the finds, but each
cache comes with a GeoChecker to confirm your puzzle solution from afar.
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: Codes,
Puzzle Caches: Ciphers, and others!
Shift by Rumkin
A standard Caesarian Shift cipher encoder (or decoder), also known as a
rot-N encoder and is also a style of substitution cipher. Cut-n-paste
in the string of text you'd like to encode or decode, pick N (ROT13 is a
commonly used shift... try 13 first!), and Voila! Your text is encoded /
A Windows application that allows simple conversion of coordinates to
various formats. FizzyCalc also does high-accuracy distance calculations and
projections using the Vincenty method for calculating distances on an
- 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!
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
I'm NOT Obsessed... Right? HeadHardHat's Geocaching Insights
- A treasure trove of geocaching information, including HeadHardHat's
GeoSnippits Geocaching Videos series...
Other Caching Websites...
- 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..."
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
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...
- 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...
- 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!
- An intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring
interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places...
- Share and discover unique and interesting locations on the planet!
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)
Advance the original publisher of the magnetic car Travel Bug and
other great caching gear, including kids gear!|
At Night Fire Tacks and other night caching gear plus Geo-Achievement
large selection of containers, travel
bugs, geocoins, GPS, accessories and more|
|Coins and Pins with
unusual and translucent coins|
and devious containers, including
GeoBall Golf Ball and
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|
|The Geocoin Store
many coins, including glow-in-the-dark coins and trackable
Nametags to wear|
|Geoswag Oakcoin geocoins and full-color
Geocaching Store cache containers plus lots of little details:
micro-tweezers, neodymium magnets, replacement o-rings, and lots more|
|LandSharkz Canadian geocoin source,
Mountain Traders geocoins, cachekinz, travel bugs, t-shirts, and more|
Coast Geocaching Store one of the largest suppliers of coins and
geocaching supplies, including snake and bug bison tube caches, lots more|
Free Geocaching Log Sheets print your own at home!|
|USA 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"...
|Oakcoins design your own
quarter-size personal signature or trading items, popular at Geocaching
wooden nickels, inexpensive personal signature items|
November 18, 2013