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Go Geocaching at New York Campgrounds



Geocaching. Photo by Gregory Pleau.

Geocaching. Photo by Gregory Pleau.

Everyone loves a treasure hunt, right? Have your kids ever played hide and seek? Then you know the basics of geocaching already.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers… and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, and has been actively played for almost 10 years. A typical cache is a small waterproof container with a logbook. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. There are over 850,000 active geocaches around the world, placed in over 100 countries on all seven continents.

Thanks to our current economy, people are looking for inexpensive vacation activities which are still fun for everyone. Camping has had a resurgence this year for family vacations, and geocaching goes hand in hand with this "back to nature" vacation destination. If you haven't tried it already, now is a great time to give geocaching a try!

You don’t need to be an experienced geocacher to get started at CONY campgrounds and RV parks. Campground Owners of New York (CONY) an association of privately owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York State, has joined the geocaching phenomenon, with caches hidden at parks across New York State. Participating parks are listed at www.gogeocachingny.com. Once arrived at a park, receive your CONY geocaching “Passport to Fun,” and search for your first cache. The passports have stamp pages for each park. As you find the hidden caches, you’ll have your passport stamped. Get at least ten stamps, and submit your passport to CONY for a prize. Some parks will have GPS units for purchase or for rent, or bring your own.

“Geocaching is the perfect RV hobby, and a great way for the kids to play a high-tech version of ‘hide-and-seek’,” according to Rosemary Curtis of Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in Bath, New York. “We had caches hidden in our park already and have had a lot of enthusiastic participants, so we were very excited to get involved with the CONY geocaching program.” There are 37 CONY geocaching locations in New York State, which also provides a great way for people to plan interesting road trips around their geocaching adventures.

Additional details about the geocaching program in the New York parks, and how to get started can be found at www.gogeocachingny.com.

Campground Owners of New York, founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds - including a free camping directory - is available at http://www.nycampgrounds.com/.




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