Geocaching Benefits

Geocaching Benefits

Last month my family began Geocaching. Geocaching is basically modern day treasure hunting. Somebody hides a “cache” and posts the GPS coordinates on a geocaching website. Others then go and find that cache, sign a log (piece of paper) to say they have found it and log their find on a geocaching website. The caches vary from small (tip of your pinky finger) to large (ammo cases). Some contain only the log to sign, and others have treasures inside with the notion that you leave behind something if you take something out. We have found not only geocaches in our area, but also geocaching benefits.

Geocaching Benefits for you and your family by Life as a Convert #geocaching #geocache #cache

Exercise
This is perhaps the greatest benefit. Many caches require you to walk a short distance in order to find them. Some caches are also tough to find and leave you wandering in circles. Those circles add up! One cache (seen in #6) required us to make use of a local bike trail.

 

Map Reading / Orienteering
My boys are both boy scouts and one thing they are learning is how to read a map and compass and basic orienteering skills. Geocaching has helped cement these lessons. They are able to put their knowledge to use in a real-life setting.

 

Family Time Together
Some may argue that exercise and family time together could be contenders for the “Greatest Benefit” spot, but as a homeschooling family, we already spend a LOT of time together. Geocaching has given us additional time together participating in an activity that we all enjoy doing. There is often a little competitiveness to see who can find the caches first.
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Handwriting Practice
I have younger children who are still working on writing their names. Signing the logs has given them a lot of practice writing their names.

 

Environmental Stewardship
Geocaching benefits our environment too! Many geocachers will practice what is known at CITO (Cache In Trash Out) where they will remove trash and other unsightly debris in an area when geocaching.

 

Exploring new areas
When you begin geocaching you can look at a map of your area. The map may be speckled with little dots. These dots indicate caches that have been hidden. I have been able to explore a few new areas where geocaches are hidden that I wouldn’t have gone to otherwise.
Geocaching Benefits - Explore New Areas - Searcy, AR

 

Learning History
Many people who hide caches hide them near areas containing history. One example we have found was hidden near a Statute of Liberty. The cache description gave a brief history of the Statute of Liberty.

 

Perseverance
Geocaching benefits can be found in the form of character building traits too! There have been some caches we simply could not find. It took us multiple attempts to find this particular cache. Geocaching teaches you patience and to not give up. If you get frustrated, stop and come back another time.

This one took us 4 tries to find:
Geocaching Benefits - Perseverance - Berryhill Park Searcy AR

 

Geocaching benefits the whole family, but as you can see there are individual benefits too. I think it is important for families to be active together and find something everybody enjoys. For us, this has translated into geocaching. We also enjoy hiking, but now try to “hike” where geocaches can be found.

Does your family participate in geocaching?
Do you know of any other geocaching benefits?

42 thoughts on “Geocaching Benefits

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Geocaching is a ton of fun, and you’re right. There are some great benefits, as well. We love to go geocaching. It promotes physical movement, imagination (because we’re thinking about what we might find), and it’s a great bonding experience.

  2. Liz Mays

    Wow. there is a lot you can learn from geocaching! It does sound like a great family activity. I can imagine some of them are really well hidden.

  3. Robin Masshole Mommy

    We’ve never been, but I have been hearing a lot of buzz about it lately and I want to try it with the kids this summer.

  4. Jeanette

    We love doing GEOcaching! We actually stopped when we moved I totally forgot about it! We are going to do it again now that you reminded me! It is SO much fun!

  5. Amy Jones

    Didn’t know geocaching was so fun, id love to take my family on a trip and show my little brothers how to guide themselves in the wild.

  6. travel blogger

    We used to go Geocaching all the time. It is so much fun, and it is a great way to spend an afternoon.

  7. Elizabeth O.

    That’s amazing! This is the first time I’ve heard of this activity and I think it’s great. Thanks for sharing this. I think it’s a nice thing to do when you want your kids to be physically and mentally active!

  8. Garf

    That sounds like an interesting activity for the whole family. This is the first time I’ve heard the word geocaching. I’ve mentioned it to my husband and he too did not have any idea what it is. Hehehe

  9. Lynndee

    We’ve never tried geocaching yet, but I would love for us to do it one of these days. Sounds like a lot of fun not to mention very educational.

  10. Bonnie @wemake7

    We were thinking about getting into geocaching last Summer but never did. This year I think we will.

  11. mary

    This is one of our fave family activities. It gets us out and moving. And it’s a great family interaction time

  12. Michelle Blackwood

    Never heard of geocaching before, but sounds like a great activity for the entire family!

  13. Melisa

    Geocaching is so much fun! My kids are coming at the bit every year as soon as the weather is nice. We’ve geocached in seven states now.

  14. krystal

    We went once before we had kids and had fun. Now that my son is almost 4, I think we would really enjoy it again so I want to download the app and go searching!

  15. Jojo Vito

    true, Geocaching benefits the whole family! Well , it is very important that the entire family members are active also so that they can ejoy together.

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