Mapping their Journey
If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know by now that we are firmly addicted to Geocaching. It’s great fun, gets us outdoors, gives us lots of exercise, encourages teamwork, develops navigation skills and much more. We recently decided to take things a step further and set up a lovely little home ed project around Geocaching.
One of the things you can do in this game is release a “travel bug” (a dog tag or similar with a unique code etched into it). You register the tag on the official website, give it a “mission”, plant it in a cache and wait. When someone finds it in the cache, they take it, log their find on the site, check the mission and place it in a new cache, and log where they left it. And then the next person finds it and does the same …
We found one recently with a mission to get to Hawaii. We picked it up in Nottinghamshire, and dropped it off in Oxford – closer to Heathrow to help it get to Hawaii. We currently have two in our possession which are waiting to be placed in new caches. It’s fun to find them in a cache, especially if you do so unexpectedly (some can be planted by one person and found by another within a couple of hours).
We have bought a tag each for Bean, Plum and PK, and registered them on the site. They all have the same mission – to clock up as many miles as possible within the UK. Once we have released them, we can track their progress on the website. We will then record their movements on our wall map of the UK in a different colour for each child. We’re excited to see what they get up to and where they go and tot up how many miles they have done!