A Child & Nature Reunion

If you find that "incentivizing" is effective with your kids, geocaching might be an excellent way to motivate your next outdoor outing.

Geocaching is a growing trend around the world. In fact, there are over 2 million active geocaches worldwide. It's a free activity that gets kids outdoors, sets them out on a treasure hunt guided by GPS to find hidden "caches" in your neighborhood or wherever you set out for your hunt. All you have to do to get started is create an account on Geocaching.com, download the app to your phone and voila! You're ready to join the world's largest treasure hunt!

Once your phone is set-up, you'll have to choose which caches to go after. Caches are containers of all sizes that may hold a logbook to sign or even an inexpensive toy or trinkets for trade. The caches may be camouflaged to blend into their surroundings. They are hidden all over the world by fellow geocachers and may be hidden under a rock, behind a tree or maybe even in a more urban setting. Some are easy to find while others may require a long hike, so check the difficulty and terrain ratings on the web page before you go. A "1-star" difficulty and terrain rating are just about right for a young child. A good tip is to set out geocaches with a low difficulty and terrain rating. This will help ensure that your child can actually find the cache and grab it for themself. And if you opt for medium or larger caches, you're more likely to find toys and trinkets inside. Don't forget that the trinkets are for trade so bring along a few of your own trinkets to exchange.

Remember that there is no guarantee the cache will be found at the location. You can increase your chances by checking the latest activity on the caches you’re venturing out to find. If the cache hasn’t been found for a while or there are a few recent DNF (Did not find) logs, take that one off your list!

Geocaching is an excellent activity to do with your family or as a group. Just be prepared to make it a regular activity as your kids will love it so much!

Happy hunting!