Whilst spending the year’s turning up in Scotland I was introduced by my brother-in-law to something I wish I had known about earlier: Geocaching.
For those of you unfamiliar with the activity, at its most basic it comprises a set of coordinates that lead you to a ‘cache’: usually a small box containing a logbook and a few trinkets. The game has many levels of participation, but this activity of a global treasure hunt lies at the root of them all. These caches are all over the world, from the bottom of the sea to the tops of mountains, and it all revolves around a neat little website where you can track your found caches.
Now, here’s the nifty bonus for outdoor educators. This activity is easy to do as a group, it gets students searching outdoors in unusual places, and there are a whole raft of environmental and curricular lessons that can be incorporated into the activity.
Another feature which I think could help those in social activism with children are the ‘Cache in, Trash out’ events. The principle is simple: as a group, find caches, collect litter and remove invasive vegetation. This would be so easy to organise with a school, and provides an excellent vehicle for student encouragement.
To those of you who take part, happy hunting!