Back when I was a kid I can remember getting so excited at the mere mention of a scavenger hunt! I remember doing them often back then weather it was a school even or something that me and my friends would do or even ones that were set up for birthday parties. I even remember one scavenger hunt that involved the whole city of Los Angeles and a limo! That was too fun…
A scavenger hunt, for those who have lived in the woods and don’t know anything, is a game that is played with many people. One person or persons will take objects and hide them around the house, block, city, state or even the world. You are given a list of these items and it is up to you to find them. Of course each item has a hint as to where it is and it’s up to you to sleuth such hint as to locate listed items. It’s a lot of fun and a great excuse to hang out with a lot of friends and family.
Now that I’m older, scavenger hunts just don’t seem all that popular anymore. Well, I have found a great alternative and it is just as much fun! It’s called Geocaching. Geocaching is at it’s core a scavenger hunt. Geocaches can be anything that is hidden but is typically a small container that could contain just about anything. A common cache is an Altoids tin container with a log to sign and date and various little items such as coins or stickers or patches.
There is a web site, Geocaching.com, that will assist you in finding caches around your neighborhood or you can download an app for your iPhone like I did. The iPhone app will locate you and then show you all the geocaches near you. With the built in GPS my phone guides to the near exact location and then it is up to me to find the cache. You can read logs from people that have found the same cache that you are searching for and some caches will come with hints if you are having extreme difficulty locating.
You will need some sort of GPS device when doing this particularly for the hard ones that are hidden in the middle of nowhere like the woods or a large park.
It’s a lot of fun and great for the whole family! My kids just love it particularly when we actually find a cache. Chances are you won’t find every cache you look for due to the fact that it may just be too difficult to find or it may have been taken or lost.
I recommend Geocaching for everyone!