Looking for an excuse to get out of the house and walk off some of that candy you scored last week? Well, consider going on a treasure hunt. Who doesn’t love a good puzzle and treasure hunt? I can guarantee your kids do for sure. So use this as an excuse to get out there and do a geocache with your family. If you’ve never done a geocache, it’s a great way to open up some God conversation with your kids.
All over the country, people have hidden containers filled with little trinkets. They post the GPS coordinates and some clues, then hikers using a GPS unit go on a treasure hunt to find what’s hidden.
You’ll discover things like erasers, pens, key chains and other trinkets in weather proof containers hidden along trails all over the country. When you find the cache, you put a treasure in, and take one out, then sign the “I found it” log and read what others have written. We’ve cached all over the country, from Mt Rushmore to an island off the Florida keys. It’s always fun. Here is a picture of Uncle Gene and Grandma finding a cache in North Carolina.
Here are a few websites if you need some help getting started
I encourage you to try it out with your kids and use some of these questions to start conversation along the way:
- Was finding the cache easy or difficult? – Did you feel like giving up? – Why/When?
- Did you notice there weren’t a lot of people out here looking for the treasure? – It’s like that with God too. Why do you think not many people look for him?
- Do you know other Christians at school?
- Do others know you are a Christian?- Why or why not?
Here are some verses to think about too:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Get out there, find a treasure! The real treasure is connecting with your kid and opening real conversation about the God who is so easy to find.