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1 Geocaching for Kids Operation: Military Kids UW Parkside 4/14/07

2 What is Geocaching? A high tech treasure hunt? A high tech treasure hunt? Hide and Seek with GPSs? Hide and Seek with GPSs? Using a multibillion dollar satellite system to find tupperware in the woods? Using a multibillion dollar satellite system to find tupperware in the woods?

3 What is Geocaching? An adventure game using a GPS An adventure game using a GPS Containers (caches) are hidden around the world by geocachers Containers (caches) are hidden around the world by geocachers The coordinates are posted on the internet The coordinates are posted on the internet Other geocachers try to find the hidden containers using the coordinates Other geocachers try to find the hidden containers using the coordinates Those finding the cache post a log of their experiences on the internet Those finding the cache post a log of their experiences on the internet

4 Where are caches located You can search online by zip code, state, or other criteria You can search online by zip code, state, or other criteria 258 active caches within 5 miles of here 258 active caches within 5 miles of here 5690 in Wisconsin 5690 in Wisconsin 382,000 Caches Worldwide 382,000 Caches Worldwide More are added daily More are added daily

5 How does it work? Step 1 – Get the coordinates and put them into the GPS. Step 1 – Get the coordinates and put them into the GPS. Step 2 – Find the cache. Step 2 – Find the cache. Step 3 – Sign the log Step 3 – Sign the log Step 4 – Trade swag (optional) Step 4 – Trade swag (optional) Step 5 – Record your experience online Step 5 – Record your experience online

6 Any Other Rules? Rehide the cache as you found it Rehide the cache as you found it Dont leave food, liquids, knives, or dangerous stuff in a cache Dont leave food, liquids, knives, or dangerous stuff in a cache Have fun! (This one is mandatory!) Have fun! (This one is mandatory!)

7 What does a geocache look like Ammo Box (Regular) Ammo Box (Regular) Tupperware (All Sizes) Tupperware (All Sizes) Film Canisters (Micro) Film Canisters (Micro) Magnetic Key holders (Micro) Magnetic Key holders (Micro) Pill Bottles Pill Bottles 5 Gallon buckets (Large) 5 Gallon buckets (Large) Nano containers Nano containers Just about anything Just about anything

8 Types of Caches Traditional Traditional Multi Multi Puzzle/Mystery Caches Puzzle/Mystery Caches Virtual Virtual Earthcaches Earthcaches Events Events

9 Getting a Geocaching Account Go to Go to Click on login near the top Click on login near the top Click on Create a new account Click on Create a new account You have to provide your Name, address, Geocaching Handle, and Password You have to provide your Name, address, Geocaching Handle, and Password Submit it and wait for the confirmation Submit it and wait for the confirmation

10 Geocaching Handles Permanent Permanent Unique to you Unique to you How the Geocaching community will know you How the Geocaching community will know you Something that reflects your name, personality, or something about you Something that reflects your name, personality, or something about you Examples: Team Deejay, Blue Squirtles, Speedydeedee Examples: Team Deejay, Blue Squirtles, Speedydeedee

11 Activity – Pick a Handle

12 Travel Bugs Special items with a tracking number Special items with a tracking number Travel from cache to cache, not to be kept by finders Travel from cache to cache, not to be kept by finders Sometimes they have goals, such as getting to a specific place or having a picture taken at various places Sometimes they have goals, such as getting to a specific place or having a picture taken at various places Geocoins – A special type of travel bug in the form of a coin Geocoins – A special type of travel bug in the form of a coin

13 Activity – Make a Travel Bug

14 GPS Stands for Global Positioning System Stands for Global Positioning System Created by the US Department of Defense for military navigation Created by the US Department of Defense for military navigation Works by getting signals from 24 satellites Works by getting signals from 24 satellites Location is provided in Latitude and Longitude Location is provided in Latitude and Longitude

15 Latitude and Longitude Latitude is a measure of how far North and South you are. Latitude is a measure of how far North and South you are. The equator is 0°, the North Pole is 90°N and the South Pole is 90°S. The equator is 0°, the North Pole is 90°N and the South Pole is 90°S. Longitude is a measure of how far East and West you are Longitude is a measure of how far East and West you are 0° is in Greenwich, England and 180° is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 0° is in Greenwich, England and 180° is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean We are roughly at N42.6° Latitude, and W87.9°Longitude We are roughly at N42.6° Latitude, and W87.9°Longitude

16 Rules for the hunt! Organize in to teams of 2-3 kids with one facilitator and any parents Organize in to teams of 2-3 kids with one facilitator and any parents No logbooks today, Stamp your sheets with the stamps found in each container No logbooks today, Stamp your sheets with the stamps found in each container Stay with your group. If you somehow get lost, start yelling. We will find you. Stay with your group. If you somehow get lost, start yelling. We will find you. The field to the north of the woods and east of the building is very wet. Dont go through there unless you like wet feet! The field to the north of the woods and east of the building is very wet. Dont go through there unless you like wet feet! Get back to the building by 2:15 PM Get back to the building by 2:15 PM


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