Christopher Claycomb holds the Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS device won in a geocaching contest sponsored by Campground Owners of New York (CONY).

Campground Owners of New York (CONY) congratulates treasure hunter Christopher Claycomb from Duke Center, Pa., for finding the special National Get Outdoors Day geocaching coin hidden at Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in Bath, N.Y., on June 9. Hickory Hill is one of 10 CONY campground locations offering geocaching this summer through Columbus Day, according to a news release.

Upon finding and redeeming the coin on June 9 (this year’s date for National Get Outdoors Day), Christopher was awarded a Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS device by Rosemary Curtis, Hickory Hill operations manager.

This is the fourth year CONY is offering geocaching as a summer-long recreational activity for campers and visitors. It is the second year that CONY has offered a geocaching contest as an event for the annual National Get Outdoors Day, which promotes healthy, active outdoor fun.

According to Groundspeak Inc., on its website at geocaching.com, “Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.” The website notes there are over 1.75 million active geocaches hidden around the world, and over 5 million enthusiasts.

“CONY developed a geocaching program for its member parks so that they could include it as a new and fun outdoor recreational activity for their campers,” said Suzanne Bixby, CONY marketing  and communications director. “We want to do all that we can to encourage people – especially young people – to get outdoors and experience the lasting benefits of recreation in addition to camping.”

For more information about geocaching with CONY, go to http://www.gogeocachingny.com/

For more information about CONY campgrounds and RV parks, go to http://www.nycampgrounds.com.

For more information about National Get Outdoors Day, go to http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.