Map reading and story writing
Blonde Two of GetOutside Champion duo TwoBlondes, Fi Darby, explains how her love of maps led to a new career as a writer and children’s author. Who knows where maps might take you!
Get the most out of your Geocaching adventures by following 6 simple steps!
Geocaching is the outdoor treasure hunt game that lets you explore the outdoors with your kids and improve their map reading skills. Using navigation skills, encouraging curiosity and with the promise of finding some swag.
When it comes to dragging reluctant children to go on a walk, Geocaching’s powers of persuasion are renowned, so here's a list of 6 things that you can do to make Geocaching more fun for your kids!
If there’s one golden rule about geocaching it’s that you should always take something, no matter how small, to put back in the cache. Good suggestions include pencils and pens, keyrings, a hair band, a deck of cards. But never sweets. The practice also encourages kids to go through their unwanted clutter from time to time.
Even though all caches are sealed tight and usually waterproof, the pen to sign the log-book quite often won’t work so make sure you bring your own.
This will give a more accurate position of where you are relative to the geocache, helping your navigation, as well as improving your find rate.
Nothing’s worse than the disappointment of a Geocache with no swag, so plan accordingly. When you’re searching for Geocaches in your area, first look for ‘traditional’ caches and then when you click for more info, check the size chart. If it’s small, it may just be a log-book. If you see a large geocache, you’ve lucked out as they’re rare to find.
Some Geocaches are buried deep within trees, hedges, under bridges or rocks. You don’t need to take one but it's useful to shine it in the darkness to find that treasure.
When it comes to navigation, having one person in charge of the map is better than trying to do it by committee, but make sure everyone feels a part of the team.
You can do this by appointing observers to relay information about the terrain ahead to check it matches what’s on the map. Or divide responsibility between the navigator and the cache hunter, so whoever’s not on the phone gets to search when you’re close.
And it’s also good to keep questioning the navigator to keep the motivation and excitement high all round. Ask them to relay information like distance travelled or distance to go – and if you want to provoke some giggles, that old favourite: “Are we nearly there yet?”
Inspired? #GetOutside and discover some of the world’s most amazing geocaches and remember to tag @LandRoverExplor in your treasure-hunting adventures!
Thanks to our friends at Land Rover Explore for this blog. Discover their stories to help you #ExploreMore here.