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Geocaching is an outdoor, high-tech game of treasure hunting. It is a combination of navigational skills with outdoor adventures. You will learn how to read a map, navigate with a compass and use a Global Positioning System (GPS) effectively to seek out hidden treasures called caches, anywhere in the world.
A typical cache is a waterproof container containing a logbook and small trinkets, such as coins or marbles. Caches can be found in local parks, remote areas, city streets and malls. They can be as small as a film container and as big as a trash container.
To find these containers you need a set of coordinates. Most are posted online along with clues about the location. It might be best to plan your route with a set of coordinates because GPS receivers show the shortest and straightest path between two points and may not account for impassable streets, waterways or mountainous regions.
Take the same safety precautions you would if you were going on a hike.
Tell others where you're going
When you find the cache there should be a logbook for you to make note of the date, and what, if any, trinkets you traded. Caches can also have a theme. For example a cache creator may indicate the cache is a button cache and that all items traded should be related to buttons.
The concepts you can learn and the places you visit from Geocaching can apply to all your outdoor travels and you will become an expert in navigation and be more aware of the outdoors and geography.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff