Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game that utilises GPS-enabled devices to find geocaches (containers) in the local environment.
Geocaching at Lomandra
Teams or individuals navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. Geocaches are often placed at sites of geographical or historical significance and are placed specifically to make participants aware of the relevance of sites.
Students who access the geocaching program at Lomandra gain skills in map and compass reading as well as building their problem solving, team building and personal resilience skills.
Students work as a team to decode clues and gain further information about the differing locations visited in order to navigate to specific GPS coordinates using a GPS, map and compass.
The activity promotes respect for the local environment and allows students to experience different urban and bush locations. The physical nature of the activity requires endurance and personal fitness which is also focussed upon and built over the course of the program.
Over the last three years, Lomandra's geocaching program has proven popular with students from Year's 5 through 10 and has given many students the opportunity to build and strengthen their social skills amongst a variety of age groups across many different environmental settings. It has allowed students to learn about their local environments and has promoted a respect for the history and culture of the Greater Metropolitan Sydney Area.