What is geocaching?

Geocaching which means “the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.”

It has a threefold approach to its participants…

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Educational

There are educational benefits whereby the participants can learn about different subjects such as: math, science, social studies, geography and history.

A social activity

The social benefits encompass a broad spectrum from a sense of accomplishment to a sense of belonging.

It levels the field so that there can be all types of participants of various physical levels.

The group experience can help build cooperation, develop a level of group cohesion, and foster a certain level of communication.  And then there are the physical benefits and one of the obvious points is that the participants are physically active.

Mental stimulation

This activity can be a great self-esteem builder for children through the sense of accomplishment that comes with locating geocaches.

Using this activity at a younger age can help those who are adjusting to their coordination, since the execution of the physical movement is not adhering to strict technique guidelines.

Geocaching does not demand high levels of physical skill and that is where you stand the chance of a larger percentage of participants “buying in” to the activity.

geocaching_2You can set the level of physical activity based on what caches are selected. This is a way of either gearing it to an individual or a group.

What you are trying to do is foster a level of independence in order for the individual to take ownership and integrate it into their life.

Adaptable for all levels of fitness

When creating geocaches you can take into consideration the levels of physical abilities of those who are participating.

The geocaches can be designed to offer the challenges of running as quickly as possible over the course, or to walk /run, or just walk.

The terrain can play a factor, such as varying levels of elevation, along with the weather, such as rain, snow, wind and heat.

By laying out or plotting a series of geocaches to be visited in sequence you would create a course which can be followed by anyone and then you can subsequently reward the individuals or groups for their participation/accomplishment.

Geocache locations

You can vary the exercise routine by setting up the geocache locations in an urban setting or at a park. This variation of the setting/environment helps keep the motivation high and the individual(s) engaged.

When linking the geocache locations you can formulate a course which would be like orienteering. So, the point-to-point racing can be self-paced.

This type of setup would help maintain a level of interest for the participant and you can adjust this distance to meet individual needs.

By taking the approach of having your participants whether they are slower or faster to resolve to hunt for a cache at least once or twice a week helps add to their physical activity.

An element of adventure, location and the thrill of the hunt

Geocaching adds something more to the activity than just running or walking.

The physiological and psychological benefits go hand in hand when embracing the challenge and subsequently lead to success in finding a cache!

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