GEOCACHING PROVIDES A NEW WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR COMMUNITY!

   

 GEOCACHING PROVIDES A NEW WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR COMMUNITY!
12/21/2009 8:51:50 AM

After learning about a popular new family activity, geocaching, BHS EAST has placed three geocaches around their community.

After learning about a popular new family activity, geocaching, BHS EAST has placed three new geocaches around their community.

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.

Gunnar, Darion, and Kristina, the BHS geocaching team, conducted Internet research about the new hobby and found out the requirements at geocaching.com, "The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site".

The team then decided on three sites in Brinkley important to our town, used GPS units to pinpoint the coordinates of the sites, then hid their caches at those points. Caches included a log sheet and some 'treasure' for geocachers to collect when they locate the site. The information for the 3 caches was sent to the geocaching.com site for review and the sites were approved.

The students hope that when geocachers stop in Brinkley to find the caches, they will stay to shop and eat as well.

The team also organized a ‘Cache Dash' (geocaching scavenger hunt), which takes geocaching to another level. That event will be part of Brinkley's annual music festival, held in May. To create the 'Dash', the team had to GPS multiple sites within four different areas of our town, then hide a cache at each of those 16 sites, leaving amusing clues to help teams find their next cache.

Photo: BHS Geocachers Darion and Kristina are shown hiding one of the geocaches.

 

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