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Peter Pan (Camden)

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Hidden : 2/22/2008
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The Peter Pan caches are an international grouping of five multi-caches. Find foreign friends and solve five caches in four countries across three continents.

NOTICE: Please read note at the bottom of this listing for important changes that have been made to the Peter Pan Cache series, effective 01 November 2010

Each Peter Pan cache is a multi-cache. The given location is your local Peter Pan statue designed by Sir George Frampton (1860-1928) following a commission by J M Barrie. Seven castings were made, five are included in this cache series while the other two which were formerly included but have since been archived due to changing conditions at those locations. The archived cache links are included for reference in case you find yourself in those cities and would like to visit one of those locations.

Archived caches that are no longer in the series:

Eldridge Johnson presented the statue of Peter Pan,  cast in bronze and surrounded by fairies, bunnies, and other small delightful critters, as a gift to the children of Camden. The statue was dedicated at a magnificent Peter Pan Pageant on September 24, 1926, where over 3,000 schoolchildren from Camden, Merchantville, and other nearby towns depicted scenes from the J. M. Barrie's story of Peter Pan .

Peter Pan Pageant at Johnson Park (1926)
Peter Pan Pageant Johnson Park (1926)

Eldridge R. Johnson Park, and the former Cooper Library which stands at the park’s center, represent one of the most significant and unique cultural, historic, and artistic resources in the City of Camden and the State of New Jersey.  The site has been designated as a State and Federal Historic Landmark based not only on the elements which remain from the peak of its use in the early 20th century, but also due to its importance as a reflection of a period of Camden’s industrial history. 

Local inventor and philanthropist Eldridge R. Johnson, whose modern phonograph helped launch RCA, donated the Neo-Classical Cooper Branch Library and surrounding Johnson Park to the City of Camden. Built between 1914 and 1930, the complex occupies an entire block near Camden's waterfront on the Rutgers-Camden campus. When it opened in 1918, the site became southern New Jersey's foremost cultural and recreational center. Today, the library houses the Walt Whitman Arts Center and is owned by Rutgers-Camden.



The sculptured bronze "Lily Pond Railing" by J. Otto Schweitzer, installed in 1930, is a one -of-a-kind work depicting a marshland habit of reeds, graceful herons and arching fish. After falling into disrepair, the railing has been fully restored to its former glory.

Other bronze pieces in the Park are by Philadelphia sculptor Albert Laessle. According to John Giannotti, professor emeritus of fine arts, and member of the Friends of Johnson Park, some of Laessle's works were commissioned especially for Johnson Park, while others, including "Billy," a playful goat, were cast from the original mold.   “Billy”, “Dancing Goat”, “Pan”, and “Turtle and Duck” are among the whimsical additions to the park by Laessle.

The description of Camden's Peter Pan statue was borrowed from Rutgers University's Johnson Park Restoration web site.

Each cache has a micro / nano container not far from the Peter Pan statue. Inside each stage one micro / nano are the LONGITUDE and LATITUDE of two other Peter Pans. Find geo-friends, swap LONGS and LATS - and go find your own final stage two cache. If any of your team of friends with whom you have swapped Longitudes and Latitudes claim a find, then you can also claim their (overseas) find. This gives you a total of five possible claimed finds.

Please acknowledge the members of your team in your log.

To find the Peter Pan (Camden) stage one micro you must stand at the posted coordinates and look for a date in roman numerals.  Translate the date to Arabic numerals, ( ABCD ), and then perform the following calculations:

  • Add  ( B - A - C ) x D to the latitude.
  • Subtract ( A + B + C ) from the longitude.

The first stage is within Johnson Park, within 0.10 miles (160 m) of the listed coordinates.

To find the second stage of the Peter Pan (Camden), you will need to swap coordinates with cachers who have found the first stage of the Peter Pan cache in their city.

The second stage is on the campus of Rutgers University within 0.25 miles (400 m) of the listed coordinates. 

Due to ongoing construction in the area of the Camden final cache, it has been relocated to a temporary location. To find the Camden final cache, you will need to apply the following offsets to the coordinates you have received from your team members.

  • North - add 0.023 minutes
  • West - add 0.004 minutes

We hope to return the Camden final cache to its original location when it has been properly restored from the construction activities.

Please feel free to verify your coordinates with tinkerbell prior to looking for any of the stages. Though the cache and its stages have been placed in what we believe to be safe areas, Camden is a city that has seen considerable urban decay so please take appropriate precautions when traveling through the city.

Hunting for this cache after dark is not recommended.

Peter Pan in front of RCA "Building 8"
which is scheduled for conversion to loft apartments.



Johnson Park is readily accessible from the River Line light rail system.  The northbound Cooper Street / Rutgers station is directly across the street.  The southbound station is one block east of the park along Cooper Street.  The River Line connects with the PATCO Hi-speed line at the Walter Rand Transportation Center which is one station north of the Cooper Street / Rutgers station.  PATCO provides connections to SEPTA and Philadelphia, to the west  while also servicing New Jersey, to the east.  For out of area visitors, Philadelphia International Airport is serviced by SEPTA's R-1 regional rail line.

Parking is at a premium in Camden, especially on weekdays, so public transit is advised.



Since the Peter Pan cache series was placed in early 2008, two of the seven caches were archived as a result of changing conditions at their cache sites. These caches were in London and Brussels. In order for the series to continue, the coordinates contained in the first stages for the other caches in the series have had to be rearranged effective 01 November 2010. If you have obtained coordinates for either the London or Brussels caches from your team members in other countries then you will need to have those team members revisit the cache involved to obtain the corrected coordinates. If that is a hardship, please contact the appropriate cache owner to work out an equitable solution.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Fgntr 1. Fvg qbja naq rawbl gur cnex.
Fgntr 2. Fznyy ebhaq pnzzbrq Ybpx&Ybpx, va gur vil, ng gur onfr bs gur jnyy, ol gur phg, rnfg bs gur pbeare.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • Peter Pan (Camden)Peter Pan statue in front of the Cooper Branch - Free Public Library Building, Johnson Park, Camden, NJ
  • Peter Pan in JulyThe Peter Pan statue in July 2010
  • Peter's Close-upPeter Pan with RCA Building 8 in the background, scheduled for conversion to loft apartments.

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