Those of you who have followed my blog for some time, may remember periodically seeing posts about geocaching, like This One.
Today I am going to share with you a Guest Post from “Bloodhounded” at CacheCrazy.com You can see how geocaching makes a great activity for adventurers of all ages!
“Hello, my name is Kevin AKA Bloodhounded and I run a geocaching blog at CacheCrazy.com I came across Conni’s blog and I just love it! I wanted to contribute and she was willing to run my story so I hope you enjoy it. We had a blast teaching a large group of Girl Scouts how to geocache and I think we all learned something that day. Come along and join me on the adventure!”
It was a beautiful Sunday morning in October. The sun was shining and the early morning nip in the air was welcomed because I was physically on the move. I had a lot to do and it had to be done as quickly as possible. I didn’t have much time because within just a few hours, the morning mountain silence would be broken by 13 crazy, screaming 10-11 year old girl scouts, troop 2903, looking for hidden treasures called Geocaches. My mission, and not only did I accept it, I initiated it, was to check the caches we would find today and make sure they were ready. I made sure they were hid well and left for church with the confidence that it was going to be an awesome day.
Just after lunchtime we met at the Francis E Walter Dam, home of CacheCrazy.Com World Headquarters and our playground for the day. A nice little picnic area was our meeting point and everyone was on time! We had a 100% troop turn out and I was thrilled that all of these kids and their parents showed up to get outdoors, get some exercise and learn about something called Geocaching.
Mrs. Bloodhounded (one of the troop leaders) and I had a plan. We told the girls to bring three small trinkets to trade in the treasures, wear comfortable shoes such as sneakers or boots, wear a jacket, and be ready to have some fun.
“The colors were beautiful
and many trees had peaked
that very day, or so it seemed”
We greeted the group with hot chocolate and some light snacks. Then it was time to gather for a quick orientation on what Geocaching is, how you do it and why. The attention and behavior from this group was outstanding. They awed at all the different cache containers that I brought along for show and tell. When I broke out the “big gun”, the famous Triple Dog Dare, you could hear awes and oooohhhh’s from child and parent alike. I knew I had their interest when I showed them what kind of treasures they could expect and the crowd drew nearer and nearer for a closer look. I loved it!
We laughed and played our way to the next cache, stopped and rested at a beautiful overlook of the dam, took some pictures and continued. The other group was working their way towards us on the same path and when we crossed, it was fun to hear about what they saw, we told what we saw, then left each other laughing and a challenge to see who would get done first!
The second cache was the final of Man’s Best Friend. This was a little tough because the GPS signal was not very clear and the girls learned a quick lesson of using their geosenses. I kind of had them in the wrong area but they caught on pretty quick and it was like a frenzy of turning rocks and searching everywhere. The old familiar, “FOUND IT” was heard and one of the girls held the container above her head. We all attacked her and explored the many treasures inside, signed the log and placed it back.
There was no sign of anyone other than some of us adults wearing down as the girls kept us on a pretty quick pace. Taking turns with the GPS was fun and even the different trees opened up opportunities to learn. The colors were beautiful and many trees had peaked that very day, or so it seemed.
The third cache was a great find and the girls had an awesome time finding it. Blueberry Loop, GC32TW0 is a well hid cache and their first experience to a traditional ammo can geocache. Getting it open was as much fun as finding it but once it did open, I could only compare the swag trading frenzy to a small pond of feeding piranhas. Every girl had their hand in the cache at the same time reinforcing my belief in a well stocked cache container. Between the excellent swag that the CO had and my little additions, everyone left with something cool AND left behind something even cooler. Watching the girls make those tough decisions of trading was fun. Should I or shouldn’t I??????
Now we were on our way back to the picnic area and as we came closer we could hear the other group closing in as well. “RUN, THEY ARE COMING” I yelled and I could hear a similar call on the other end! I think it was “called” a tie but I swear my group touched the table first! In any case we basically finished at the same time and immediately laughed, giggled and told our stories. I thanked all the girls for being so good and we had some more hot chocolate and snacks.
You can see this original post, and much more on CacheCrazy.com
If you are unfamiliar with geocaching and want to learn more, check out “Geocaching in 2 Minutes”