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Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

A geocaching adventure is like a modern day treasure hunt, and you can do it with the whole family.

Up the scavenger hunt ante: Go on a geocaching adventure—a modern-day, real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Geocachers (treasure hiders) around the world have hidden more than 1 million caches (containers of various sizes, often filled with prizes and treats) and uploaded the cache’s longitude and latitude coordinates to the web. To get the GPS coordinates for a geocache in your area, or in the area you’ll be camping or hiking, visit, then put the coordinates in a geocaching app downloaded to your phone (various available on iTunes; free-$9.99), and find the hidden treasure. also has helpful tools for creating events for scout groups and for youth and young adults.

If you don’t want to participate on the official geocaching website, you can easily set up a geocache in your backyard or neighborhood and invite all the neighborhood kids to take part. Happy treasure hunting!

Rules of the Game

1. If you take something from the geocache, leave something of equal or greater value.

2. Write about your find in the cache logbook.

3. Log your experience at

For more information and FAQ, visit


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Author: Katelin Walling is the former editorial director for NYMetroParents. She has been writing about parenting, health, finance, education, fun things to do in NYC and the surrounding area, and more for nearly 10 years. She also has 20+ years of child care experience and was a babysitter in NYC for 8 years. Katelin graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 and attended the NYU Summer Publishing Institute during the summer of 2011. To unplug in her free time, she can often be found reading, knitting (or general crafting), or whipping up a vegan treat—all with a cup of coffee nearby. See More

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