Mapping their Journey


The travel bugs – Bean has the car, Plum has the fish and PK has the croc

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!

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8 comments on “Mapping their Journey

  1. This is brilliant.
    I must look into this.
    I would love to take part in a mission like this.

  2. Sorry I am so confused I need to research about this but I like the idea

  3. I love geocaching. I don’t have much time to do it at the moment.

  4. It’s so much fun isn’t it? We did it last year but it’s on our summer to do list. The local caches are quite good, least they were!
    Fingers crossed for this year!
    Thanks for linking up to this weeks #homeedlinkup 🙂

  5. We tried geocaching and failed on our first attempt – we haven’t tried it since! I didn’t know about tags – your post has inspired me to have another go!

  6. I like the idea of Geocaching with a mission. We had a brief go at it a while ago but we lost interest. This sounds like something I’m more likely to encourage 🙂

  7. Excellent idea! Sounds like lots of fun.

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