Suggested Syllabus for GeoCaching:

What is GeoCaching:

GeoCaching is a technology driven scavenger hunt that began in the early 2000s that quickly has spread across the United States and now to over 200 countries. It involves the placing and concealment of small cache containers that are then “marked” with a GPSr for Lat Lon. These Coordinates are then placed on the internet for other “cachers” to follow and discover the cache.

Cache Containers and Contents:

Traditional Cache:

A “Traditional Cache” consists of a small container (i.e.: ammo can, Tupperware container) with a log book, pen/pencil and small trade items (often called GeoSwag). When a ‘cacher’ finds a cache they sign the log book and ‘trade an item’ and replace the cache as it was hidden before. (Note: cache containers may not be buried)

Micro Cache:

A micro cache consists of a small container (i.e.: a 35mm film canister) with a log for signing. Concealment of the micro is the pride of many cache hiders.

Virtual Cache:

The virtual cache takes the cacher to a point of interest such as a great vista or historic site.

Multi Cache:

Usually consists of 1 or more micro caches that lead to an eventual traditional cache. Each stage will have the coordinates to the next stage.

Mystery or “Puzzle” Cache

This type of cache will list an approximate location or parking location, but for the cache you will have to solve a puzzle to find the final destination.

Earth Cache

Similar to a virtual cache only this one has an Geologic/educational lean. These caches take the cacher to an area for learning and can be quiet enjoyable.

Benefits of Caching to families and military units

  • Great time for families to enjoy the out doors
  • Find new parks and areas that one might not normally have found
  • GeoCaching is an effective tool for creating teamwork in a unit
  • goecaching increases one's attention to detail
  • many caches require physical exercise to achieve - great for health of troops
  • Building of friendships information:

  • The instructor should explain (if possible use a laptop) the website and how to find local caches.
  • The instructor should explain terrain and difficulty levels of 1 – 5.
  • The instructor should also show how to use various GoeCaching software such as GSAK or other waypoint management systems.
  • The instructor should explain how to log a cache
  • The instructor should explain proper etiquette for GeoCoins and Travel Bugs
    • How to log them
    • How to keep them moving – finding their mission

    “GeoCaching 101” - go out and have some fun.

    The instructor should have placed “lesson caches” approved by MWR and if needed the local Security Forces so no questions arise concerning security to base personnel. As a suggestion, there should be for teaching purposes: At least one traditional and one micro of varying difficulty.

    Once the lesson is completed, the instructor should have print outs of some local caches that the new cachers can go out and try on their own or as a continuation of the class.