Scenic Jellystone Park™ Campground in Indian River , Michigan is the perfect spot for a geocache event and from June 3 – 5, they are hosting a GPS / Geocaching Weekend. The campground will set up GPS courses on site to teach you the basics, or you can explore the various sites nearby!
Other Geocaching Events: With room to roam and various lodging accommodations, Jellystone Park Campgrounds are a great place to get involved in geocaching. Many Jellystone Park campgrounds have their own geocaches and participate with special geocache events and activities. Check out the other geocache events happening in 2011 at our family campgrounds.
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is an activity that combines technology and the great outdoors. It is a modern day treasure hunting experience; a game of hide and seek. Anyone can become a geocacher at anytime.
There are two types of geocachers: hiders and seekers. The “hider” hides a cache and announces its GPS coordinates on a web site such as geocaching.com. “Seekers” then look up the caches that are located near an area they want to search. The coordinates of the cache are typed into a handhelp GPS unit, then the seeker follows it to the site, typically within 6-20 feet of the cache. They are on their own at that point and must follow their intuition, rely on previous experience, or turn to clues provided by the hider or previous seekers to find the exact location of the cache.
The cache is a water tight container that usually consists of a log book or sheet and small trinkets. Once the cache is found, the seeker then signs the book, takes a trinket, replaces the trinket with one of their own, and hides the cache in the same spot so the next seeker may have the pleasure of the find. Keep in mind caches should always be family friendly since many families use geocaching as an opportunity for family bonding and exercise.
Check out this video from geocaching.com that explains the basics. And you can read more information about geocaching events at Jellystone Park campgrounds on this blog.