1. Put a coin or another small object somewhere
on the site you've chosen. It should be hidden from sight, even if it is only
placed in the grass.
2. Draw the site area on a sheet of paper. Make
sure you indicate any important landmarks. For example, if you're using a
playground, show where the swings or other playground equipment is. Then mark
the treasure with an X.
3. Indicate distances from the landmarks to the
treasure. Since you won't always have a tape measure, rely on your own two feet
and count off paces. Place one foot carefully in front of the other and walk
from each landmark to the treasure. Write the number of paces on the map.
4. Write directions for finding the treasure. You
must be very specific in telling others where to start. For example, you cannot
write: "Start at the swings and walk 20 paces north." The swingset may
have six swings, so you'll need to direct the person to start from a specific
place: "Start at the swingset pole nearest the school building."
What's more, telling the person to "walk north" is not specific
enough. You might say: "Walk 20 paces in a straight line toward the
leftmost window of Mrs. Connor's third grade classroom." Altogether, then,
your directions will be quite long: "Start at the swingset pole nearest the
school building and walk 20 paces in a straight line toward the leftmost window
of Mrs. Connor's third grade classroom."
5. Give the map to a friend or family member and
ask them to find the treasure. This person should follow your directions. If
you've drawn a good map and written clear directions, the person should be able
to locate the treasure. If not, go back to the drawing board and try again.
ŠJames M. Deem. Taken from
How to Hunt Buried Treasure (Houghton Mifflin, 1993).