Geocaching Can Add an Element of Adventure to Your Hike with Kids!

Posted on 23 Jul 2013 in Adventure Blog | Comments Off on Geocaching Can Add an Element of Adventure to Your Hike with Kids!

Dawn Shoviak showing the kids how to use a GPS.

Dawn Shoviak showing the kids how to use a GPS.

Geocaching is a popular treasure-finding game that can be a useful tool to interest your tech savvy kid, your older child and even grown adults on a hiking adventure. You

Discovering what's inside the geocache.

Discovering what’s inside the geocache.

Mark Shoviak locates the geocache stashed along the Wabash Cannonball Trail in Monclova, Ohio

Mark Shoviak locates the geocache stashed along the Wabash Cannonball Trail in Monclova, Ohio

will need a GPS or smart phone with the Geocaching app. This is the official geocaching website. Here is a short YouTube video ,

posted by the official Geocaching organization on how to play. Mark and Dawn Shoviak, my brother and sister-in-law, are avid geocachers with their two children, and search for geocaches wherever they go. We went along with them on a few treasure hunts recently. Dawn prefers a GPS device over a smart phone. She explained, “the handheld GPS is more precise and durable than a smart phone. The GPS device is also waterproof.”

The nice thing about the smart phone app is you can try Geocaching out for small app fee of $9.00, using your existing phone, before you go investing hundreds of dollars on a dedicated GPS device. We’ve been using the smartphone app with our own kids and we’ve found several geocaches around our neighborhood.  Geocaching can add an element of adventure to take your kids’ minds off the fact they are getting a good walking workout! That alone makes geocaching worth a try!