Fancy going on a treasure hunt? Would you like to go on an Amazing Race or a scavenger hunt?
We tried geocaching recently and treasure-hunting can certainly be quite addictive!
Geocaching is all about finding treasures left behind by fellow Geocachers using a Global Positioning System, mobile device or other techniques. The “treasures” are called “geocaches” hidden at specific locations.
What does a Geocache contain?
It is a waterproof container – varies in size, containing a logbook and other knick-knacks. After finding the cache, you can sign in to the logbook with a date or log it on the app. After signing the log, place the cache exactly where and how you found it.
History of Geocaching
Geocaching started when the GPS improved, allowing small items to be placed and located. The first-ever located cache was placed on May 3, 2000, consisting of a black plastic bucket partially buried and contained software, videos, books, money, a can of beans and a slingshot.
How to Go Geocaching with Kids
Locate the geocache by downloading the Geocaching app
I was pleasantly surprised to know that there are plenty of geocaches in Singapore, and near my location. You can see the locations very clearly via the app and also see the ones that have to be unlocked by paying the premium fee.
Head towards the Geocaches
My child and I set off to look for the “treasures” on our bicycles. I suppose the quickest way was to go on wheels via the Park Connector. In our case, the geocaches were located along the PCN.
Get your child to search for the Geocache if possible
As you get nearer the Geocache, encourage your child to look for it. You can use the navigation tool to help and check photos to clues of where the geocache is hidden.
One of the geocaches we were locating was cleverly camouflaged. It also contained little toys, that would get the children really excited. Do remind them that the toys are not meant to be removed, as they are treasures to be found by the other hunters
The other geocache was more challenging to find. A stick could be used to try to locate it, and adults should definitely help if it was next to dangerous spots like drainage or slopes.
Log your find!
Remember to log your find, by writing your name and logging it in the app. The geocaches you find will then show as smiley faces on your map!
Our Experience Geocaching in Singapore
Geocaching was a fun outdoor experience we would definitely want to try again. A deep sense of satisfaction is felt when finding each treasure, especially when it’s something more challenging to locate. In addition, it was opportune to get out of the home for some screen-free fun.
Download the Geocaching app and join the millions around the world seeking and hiding treasures! It’s free, fun and fulfilling!