Geocaching Teaches Social and Life Skills to Pasadena Villa’s Transitional Living and Learning Center Clients
Pasadena Villa’s Transitional Living and Learning Center life skills mentor, Lourdes Rodriguez is leading clients in an activity called geocaching. What exactly is this activity? Geocaching was first coined by Matt Stum in 2000. He combined two familiar words. The prefix geo, for Earth was used to describe the global nature of the activity, and caching from the French word cache referring to a hiding place someone uses to temporarily store items. Basically, geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game using a GPS-enabled device.
You must navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to locate the geocache container hidden at that precise location. Geocaches can be found all over the world. They may be on the side of a city street, at a park, at the end of a long hike or even underwater. There are currently over a dozen types of geocaches, each being a different variation of the game. For example, mystery geocaches involve puzzles that you will need to solve to determine the correct coordinates. Also, the Cache In Trash Out (CITO) geocache focuses on cleaning up and preserving the natural areas that we enjoy. CITO events are large gatherings that focus on the environment like litter clean-up and planting trees and vegetation. Once the geocache is found you sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location for the next explorer to find. After your hunt you can log your experience at geocaching.com and share your geocaching stories and photos online.
Geocaching is a transferable social activity that teaches clients how to work together while engaging in an exciting activity. Clients also learn how to effectively follow directions and read coordinates. Geocaching is also a great way to explore one’s community while cleaning up the environment because geocachers are encouraged to pick up trash in the site they are searching.
Recently Lourdes took a client geocaching. They had fun even though they didn’t find the geocache. The activity illustrated how to practice patience and deal with disappointment because it takes time and concentration to locate a geocache.
Community recreational, social and life skills activities with our professional staff form the core treatment interventions in all of our programs. Traditional individual, group, family and expressive arts therapies are also utilized as a complement to our many social integration therapeutic interventions.
The Villa Orlando and Pasadena Villa’s Smoky Mountain Lodge are adult intensive psychiatric residential treatment centers for clients with serious mental illnesses. We also provide other individualized therapy programs, step-down residential programs, and less intensive mental health services, such as Community Residential Homes, Supportive Housing, Day Treatment Programs and Life Skills training. Pasadena Villa’s Outpatient Center in Raleigh, North Carolina offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (PHP). If you or someone you know may need mental health services, please complete our contact form or call us at 877-845-5235 for more information.