CONY Campgrounds Join Geocaching Fad
Campground Owners of New York (CONY), an association of privately owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York state, has joined the geocaching fad, with caches hidden at 37 parks across the Empire State, according to a news release.
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.
Groundspeak Inc., on its website at www.geocaching.com notes there are over 850,000 active geocaches around the world.
Participating parks are listed at www.gogeocachingny.com. Once arrived at a park, geocachers receive a CONY geocaching “Passport to Fun,” and may search for their first cache. The passports have stamp pages for each park. As geocachers find the hidden caches, they will have their passport stamped. Geocachers who get at least 10 stamps and submit their passport to CONY will win a prize. Some parks will have GPS units for purchase or for rent, or geocachers may bring their 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, N.Y. “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.”
“Our goal with geocaching is to bring visitors into CONY facilities to enjoy the combination of electronics and outdoors in such a way that their camping experience will be further enhanced.” says Donald G. Bennett Jr., CONY executive administrator. “With 37 CONY geocaching locations in New York state, it also provides a great way for people to plan interesting road trips around their geocaching adventures.”
Additional details about the geocaching program and how to get started can be found at www.gogeocachingny.com.