Back for a 5th summer, my club is being offered though the Landsharks program. Its called hiking/geocaching and there are sessions offered for both Little Hikers (grades K-2/ 3 weeks) and Big Hikers (grades 2-6/6 weeks). Its a little different format this year, we’ll be hitting the trails and focusing more on the hike while finding caches along the way, versus learning the intricacies of geocaching (based on child interest, but always ask if you want to know ANYTHING about this great sport). As with past years one of the great geocachers will join in as an additional chaperone although parents are also welcome (and encouraged) to come along too and explore some of the region’s best trails.
For more information and to sign up visit the Landshark Run Club website: https://landsharkrunclub.com
Check the “GCK Events” tab for information on this event, hosted at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI) as part of the Cool Science festival.
Last weekend we took a group of kids out to hike in Castlewood Canyon and study the Gargoyle Earthcache- the cool rock feature in the photo which appears to have a face and body from the front side. The Gargoyle is made of castlewood conglomerate.
This great group of girls earned their geocaching merit badge last week after we spent a few hours on the trails checking out some of the area caches followed by a picnic at Monument Rock.
Today we hosted a geocaching informational booth and treasure hunt at Colorado College for the science festival. What a great day! At least 80 kids did the treasure hunt and earned a prize by reporting back to us what pictures were in each hidden cache. Appleiphone6 had a great display of geocoins and pathtags and my own geocachekids just enjoyed the day at the festival.
This summer the club will meet for 6 weeks from June 10-July 29 (no meetings on July 1 or 8) on Tuesday mornings at 10am. Hike locations are Fox Run Park, Mt Herman, Section 16 Black Forest, Santa Fe trail and Dawson Butte or Lincoln Mountain OSP. While park locations may be the same as previous years, every hike is different except for the biking week on the Santa Fe trail which is a repeat from 2012. I’m mixing up our last meeting format too– we’ll have a hike followed by some goodies. Email me for more information or to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out these photos of our group at 66 Wheeler cache this week. They’ll each get to pick a prize from these cool items purchased from GeocacheHides.com at our summer cache dash team event.
At 66 Wheeler cache
Prizes up for grabs!!
Today on our second week meeting for the summer we learned about multi caching and placed our own club cache. This was the group that was in attendance today with some great helpers as well including geocachers appleiphone6 and storm1515.
2012 kids club
This just in today, in a completely surprise collaborative effort by Tammy Baker (www.GeocacheHides.com) and David (Wolfpack01) at a local Colorado Springs event this weekend, a sum of money was raised for thegeocachekids to purchase 3 GPSr’s for the club. I didn’t even know a raffle was being held for the club’s benefit but I greatly appreciate everyone who supported my effort. I already have kids signing up for the summer club starting June 19 (see GCK Events) and intend to have the units purchased by then. Many, many thanks to those of you who participated in the raffle. Julie (thebobcats) and Founder of thegeocachekids
Here are 4 of the 5 units I’ll eventually have (one was broken and is being returned and a replacement is on its way). These units came from my dad, k9jayhawk and from the raffle funds.
Garmin etrex Legends
With the success of the summer club I was motivated to bring a program into one of our local elementary schools. I’m working with a fantastic group of eager kids and we’re having a lot of fun. The only problem… NO caching at recess!! 🙂
If this program takes off I’m hoping to expand to other D-38 schools too. Contact me if you’d be interested in a geocaching enrichment program at your school
First geocaching club meets at our local school