By: Jennifer Murray

Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys {Day 2}: Geocaching

Day 2 Geocaching Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys


How To Go on a Geocaching Adventure…

Supplies:

Never heard of geocaching?  It was a new adventure to me as well not too long ago.  Think of it as a real-life worldwide outdoor treasure hunt, that you “hunt” with a GPS device or smart phone app. The best part is, you don’t have to go far to find one of these treasures.  There’s probably one in your own neighborhood or nearby!

geocaching screen shot collage

Once you’ve downloaded the app, or searched the Geocaching website,  and signed up for a free account, you can search for caches closest to you.  Each location is rated by difficulty and terrain, and there are descriptions and clues to help you locate the container.

outdoor adventures for kids signing geocaching log

Inside the container is a log which you can add your name to, and a small (inexpensive) treasure.  Simply take what’s been left and replace it with a new goodie. 

Need Ideas of What to Put in a Cache Container?

  • Baseball cards
  • Coins
  • Hard Candy/Gum
  • Small Toy {Goodwill or Kid’s Meal}
  • Silly Bands
  • Polished Rock
  • Coupon for a Free Kid’s Meal

  finding a geocache outdoor adventures for kids 

Helpful Tips/Resources:

* Remember to dress appropriately for the terrain.  {My biggest mistake was wearing shorts and sandals in the middle of the woods. Hello stickers – YEOW!}

* Also, remember that geocaches are not limited to what’s around you.  It’s a great way to explore an area on vacation, or take a stretch break from a road trip.

Have YOU ever tried Geocaching? 

25 Responses to “Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys {Day 2}: Geocaching”

  1. Amanda
    October 2, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    I LOVE this! I’ve never done it but always wondered about it and how it’s done. This would be a perfect adventure on our upcoming week long fall break STAYcation. 🙂 My 2 boys will love this! Thank you!

    • QuatroMama
      October 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Your boys will love it (and honestly it’s pretty fun for grownups too)! It’s like real-life treasure hunting! We should meet up to do one!

  2. Lori N
    October 2, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Don’t forget letter boxing. It is the almost the same as geocaching, but you don’t need a gps. I take my boys letter boxing and they love it. You can learn all about it at Atlasquest.com

    • QuatroMama
      October 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      I’m new to letterboxing, but I’m looking forward to figuring this one out! Thanks for introducing me!

  3. Christine (iDreamofClean)
    October 2, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    What fun!! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series…my boys are going to love me because of you 🙂
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    • QuatroMama
      October 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Oh Christine. Love ya. Hope they love them as much as my boys!

  4. Amy
    October 2, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    We love to go Geocashing! I first heard about this in Family Fun magazine, except they called it Letterboxing, not sure if there is a difference. I agree with Christine…you are going to make me look really good to my boys;)

    • Heidi
      October 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      Letterboxing involves following clues to find a hidden container and doesn’t use a GPS. Instead of finding treasures in the box, the box contains a rubber stamp and a logbook. You also carry a rubber stamp and a notebook (and an inkpad in case there isn’t one in the box). When you find it, you stamp your stamp image in the book you found hidden, and use their stamp in your book, then replace it as found. It is a lot of fun!
      See http://www.letterboxing.org or Atlasquest.com (as someone else mentioned above) for more info and clues to get you started.

      • QuatroMama
        October 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

        Thanks so much for sharing the details and resources, Heidi! It’s new to me, but sounds like something my boys would LOVE also!!!!

    • QuatroMama
      October 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      So sweet to hear, Amy. So so glad you’re joining us this month!

  5. Mary Beth
    October 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I’ve heard about this and wanted to try it. My husband would probably laugh at me if I asked him. I’m not very outdoorsy! But the adventure in it sounds fun!
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  6. Becky@OrganizingMadeFun
    October 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    SOOO cool! I am totally going to do this with my kids! They will LOVE it!

    Becky B.
    http://www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun
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  7. Carrie
    October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Can someone tell me if this would be age appropriate for my 3.5yr old?

    • QuatroMama
      October 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      I’m sure it depends on the child, but I’m pretty sure my boys could have enjoyed this at that age..with help of course. It makes a walk a little more entertaining/rewarding. =) I would pick ones that are easy to get to and close to home to try out first.

  8. Suzi
    October 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I am so excited to try this!! Too bad it is dark and raining or I would go out and do it now!!!
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    • QuatroMama
      October 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      I know, right? Our outdoor boys have been stuck inside today too! Hopefully tomorrow will bring us some sunshine!

  9. Odile
    October 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    This is so interesting!!!
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  10. Heather
    October 3, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    What I love about geocaching is that everyone in the family can partcipate. We have been doing this for a while and we have been to some amazing places in our community that we would of never discovered without geocaching. We are getting close to our 500 find.

    • QuatroMama
      October 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      500! That’s amazing! I do love how it gets everyone involved!

  11. Susan McCurdy
    October 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I have got to put this into my “schedule” for some treasures I know who love to hunt. : )

  12. Sarah
    June 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Took my son on out very first geocache today, thanks to your blog :), and it was so exciting when we found it! I wanted to try all the adventures but we had so much fun geocaching my son wants to do this everyday.

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