The world of an 11-year-old is a complex ecosystem of school, sports, family and play. In 2011, play as a kid seems to only involve the pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus muscle groups. Those are the muscles that move our thumbs, as in playing video games. But one 11-year-old is using his thumbs for something else. Evan works the buttons on a GPS device to hunt geocaches. He also recently picked up a pen and wrote a letter to Groundspeak. The fifth grader is an avid geocacher. Evan writes, “Me and my dad go caching a lot.” He describes [...]
Beth Hurley’s nine-year-old son Ryan is autistic. The disorder affects his social, developmental and self-care skills. While many children his age feel a sense of accomplishment on the sports field or in the school gym, Ryan’s mother says, he’s left out. The family found geocaching about a year ago. They geocache under the name meandthekiddoz and already found more than 60 caches. Beth says geocaching offers Ryan an independent way to sense accomplishment, bond with his family and even lose weight. Watch Ryan and his family hit the geocaching trail in the latest Lost & Found video. You can explore [...]
The kitchen at Groundspeak is stocked with pretty much the standard condiments and food you’d find in any kitchen. The fridge is home to ketchup and mustard and some random unlabeled containers. The corner coffeemaker generates a little morning rush hour traffic as Lackeys clamor for a cup of morning energy. But this week, Lackeys walked into the kitchen recently and walked out with more than coffee. It’s what appeared on the cabinets that gave those leaving, coffee mug in hand, with a feeling of affirmation. Letters taped to the cabinets read, “Once again your donation is making school cool” [...]
This year, the Boy Scouts of America announced their plans for a new Geocaching Merit Badge. Watch our latest Lost & Found video to see how Boy Scout Troop 75 incorporates geocaching into their program. The scout troop from from Manhattan, Kansas also demonstrates some of the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to earn the badge. Requirements for the Geocaching Merit Badge are available online. The official Geocaching Merit Badge patch is in final development and expected to be released in the near future. Groundspeak is currently hosting a booth at the BSA 2010 National Scout Jamboree in [...]
Geocaching.com teams up with The Jim Henson Company, PBS stations, museums, zoos and aquariums across the United States to bring you the Dinosaur Train Geocaching Challenge. The PBS children’s show Dinosaur Train encourages kids to “Go outside, get into nature and make you own discoveries!” Now Dinosaur Train challenges families to find geocaches with fun facts about dinosaurs from the show hidden inside. Each Dinosaur Train geocache is located in a safe, easy-to-access location and features one of the dinosaurs found in the Dinosaur Train Field Guide. Team RAGAR is one of more than 300 geocachers to log a Dinosaur [...]
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