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Creating a geocaching course on school site

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I am lucky to work at a school with a 70 acre site. I would dearly like to set up a private geocaching 'course' (if that is the right word) for school use during Outdoor Learning lessons. Is this possible? I read that geocaches need to be more than 150 metres apart but this may not matter if it is a private course?? Is it possible to set up 10 different geocaches on our school site? Alternatively, I guess it would be a course where, once you have found the first cache, there are coordinates which lead to the next cache. I am new to geocaching so please go easy.

 

Many many thanks in advance.

 

Richard 

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The Geocaching.com listing guidelines won't matter, because private caches won't be published on Geocaching.com.  Note: since you won't be able to see each cache in a geocaching smarthphone app, you will need to think of other ways to provide coordinates and instructions.

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11 minutes ago, Keystone said:

you won't be able to see each cache in a geocaching smarthphone app

 

...unless you create a GPX file and pour them in.  Some caching apps do support that.

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Something that I think would be simplest is to print the coordinates of the 'private geocaches' on paper and give those pages to the participants.  Then the participants can use a variety of GPS apps, or even the Google Maps app, to enter the coords and navigate to the location.

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Didn't see any finds on your profile, so I'd say maybe find a few caches yourself, and see what the hobby entails, getting a better grasp on possibilities for your "course".  :)

It seems you may be leaning to a Multi Cache idea, and it might be doable, but being private, wouldn't have anything to do with this site.

I feel something along the lines of noncentric,  printed format and any gps app that'll accept coordinates for navigation could work.

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As a long-time geocacher, it took me several hours to prepare and plan for the teaching of a Geocaching Merit Badge. It then took me another several hours setting up the private caches inside camp for the several weeks of classes.  I would suggest you find your local Scout Shop and buy that Merit Badge Handbook. It has very good information for teaching this subject to kids (and adults as well - I've used it for Geocaching 101 events)

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