Children’s Metal Detectors: Four Golden Rules

A children’s metal detector is a nice gift and a good learning tool for kids. There are a few rules are generally held in the metal detecting community and that all within the community try to adhere to.


1st, it’s important to refill any holes that you might dig while looking for treasure. Often, we find bottle caps, pull tabs, or pieces of aluminum foil and in their hurry children might simply dig these objects up and leave without refilling the holes. That can leave a lawn or other area looking like it has been struck by a pack of giant ground squirrels. In the treasure hunting community, refilling holes is considered common courtesy as it prevents anyone else tripping and allows the next adventurer to find a flat area that appears to be unsearched. When properly done, the fill holes should be almost indistinguishable from the surrounding area so it is very important to carefully cutaway sod so that it can be returned intact.


Practicing care when digging can also help in preserving the things that are found, a carelessly dug hole can easily result in scratches to soft metal surfaces, or damage to rings, jewelry, or other objects that may be buried. It is a good idea to teach children to be very cautious when digging so they don’t accidentally reduce the value of anything they might find by damaging it.


2nd, it is the general practice of most treasure hunters to carry off anything that they find. This means bits of tinfoil, bottle caps, pull tabs, or other items that might be considered worthless junk. This helps to keep the area where your search junk free in the future, and it also makes more sense than digging out junk and leaving it way around on top of the ground. Many treasure hunters carry several different bags that they can use in the field for sorting different types of things they’ve found. One bag might be for tinfoil, bottle caps, and other worthless items; another bag might be for coins jewelry and rings; and still a final bag might be for relics and other items considered too good to throw away.


3rd, always know who owns the land where you are searching, and always ask permission whenever possible. This is important for both children and adults to learn since it keeps the general public happy with the metal detector community as a whole.


4th, most treasure hunters will make some effort to return items that are engraved. From time to time you will see these stories appear in newspapers about someone who lost a school ring several decades ago and had it returned to them by the treasure hunter who found it. While this is not a hard and fast rule throughout the entire community, it is one that many enthusiasts adhere to because it builds goodwill.


Children can easily learn to operate most metal detectors, and can have hours of fun searching for even the smallest of treasures. The important thing is to understand common courtesy, and you try to behave in a way that furthers the sport rather than causes the general public to consider treasure hunters as individuals to be avoided.


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