Benefits of Geocaching
Geocachers get a lot out of geocaching, not the least of which is that it allows them to enjoy the great outdoors.
Geocaching is an outdoor physical activity much like a modern, high-tech treasure hunting game. It is currently being played in more than 200 countries with about 5 million participants around the world by kids and adults alike. The objective of the game is to look for hidden caches or containers that may be buried or just hidden on ground level. The caches may be hidden deep in the forest, mountainous tracks, parks and even the city. In order to find the hidden caches, participants must have a GPS receiver or web-enabled device or smartphone in order for them to download the coordinates of the cache. The coordinates will tell them where to look for the cache. Just like any other sports or hobby, geocaching offers a variety of benefits.
Of course, the benefit each participant gets will depend on how involved he or she is in the sport. First, there’s the physical benefit. Going outdoors and searching for hidden caches will definitely build your stamina and it will keep you physically active. It’s like exercising already, with all the walking and may be running that you will be doing.
Geocaching also benefits the participants socially. Even though it’s considered an individual sport, you will still meet new friends along the way, not to mention there are different organizations or clubs for geocaching enthusiasts. These clubs aim to help each player to be better at the sport by sharing experiences and tips with one another. It will also give the participant a sense of belonging. Geocaching can foster communication and build relationships. It is also beneficial for youth groups to engage in geocaching to build social skills and camaraderie. Some schools even adapt the way geocaching works and apply it to group activities or workshops.
Geocaching also provides educational benefits. Most caches are hidden near popular historical sites, and most of the caches will have information regarding that particular historical site. Participants will also learn about geography and its significance. The sport will also teach you how to follow directions by using coordinates, compass and map. When geocaching is used for teaching, it can develop math and science skills and it will also make learning the course more interesting; this, in turn will help the students become more inclined to learning.
Economic Boon for Locales
There’s an economic benefit to geocaching as well. Since this is a sport played around the world, there are geocachers who travel from one country to another just to find caches, boosting tourism. And because of this, more and more towns, rural areas and countryside are putting up trails and opening up areas for cache hiding.
More and more people are drawn to geocaching every day. And with the benefits geocaching offers, there is no doubt that schools and other learning institutions will continue to adapt it into their system. One way to engage students in learning is to make it appealing and interesting, which is the principle behind geocaching