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WWFM: June 10th, 2017
Ideas being bounced around:
Ideas from Sonny and Sandy (of Podcacher)
As we prepare for WWFM, we wanted to share some ideas for fun things to do at your WWFM event. These have all been featured at prior geocaching WWFM events.
We will have quiz games and crafts to entertain Geocachers of all ages!
The German classes (students and teacher) from Hendrickson High School will be joining us to help teach some German to those who are interested and discuss their plans to visit Germany this year!
We will have an online "Kahoot" (https://kahoot.it/) big-screen German themed quiz that you interact using your cell phones with German swag awards for those who participate! There will also be crafts in a German theme and other activities!
We will be holding the event at the Verts Mediterranean Food restaurant, patronization is optional but delicious! :)
West Anderson Plaza
Come as you are or come dressed in any German attire for that extra flair and fun! :-)
Thursday, April 13th, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Dönerstag began in 2007 when German cachers met at kebab shops around the country all at the same time. The tradition caught on!
These special events are held each year on a Thursday. In German, this makes the name “Dönerstag” a pun: The German word for Thursday is “Donnerstag.” Kebab translates to “Döner.” Last year, over 6000 players attended 233 Dönerstag events. The events were held all over Europe, from Germany and Austria to the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
From Mopac - exit Steck Ave/West Anderson, go through Steck Ave light, turn left on West Anderson. It across the street from Northcross Mall, and before Alamo Drafthouse theatre.
From IH-35, exit US 183, and find and turn on to West Anderson lane (same exit and intersection as Lamar). Go up West Anderson several blocks, it will be on your right after Alamo Drafthouse theatre.
SURVEY IS CLOSED! Thanks for everyone that helped Dianna out!
I received this email from Dianna Fisher, a doctoral student in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. I completed her survey and the link was safe and asks one interesting questions. I have asked for clarification regarding the "Charter Member" question (the second one). I am not sure how long the survey is valid (also ask for clarification on this as well) so complete it if you can as soon as you can.
This request for participation in a survey is part of a research project that will contribute to my doctoral dissertation. I would appreciate your help with this project.
I am seeking to understand geocachers’ opinions about the possible impact that caching may have on the natural environment. You can help by completing the brief survey linked below. It will take approximately 25 minutes to complete the survey. By responding to these questions, you will help create a better understanding about how geocachers view their impact.
If you are a charter member, I am also seeking to understand, if you are still an active geocacher, what keeps you geocaching. If you are no longer active, why did you choose to no longer participate?
If you have found and logged an APE Cache, I am interested in knowing why you might have traveled to find that geocache and how far your travel was from your home.
To participate in this research project, you must be of the age of consent in your location. If you are, click on this link to participate in the survey.
Thank you, and happy caching!
Dianna Fisher (FESPhD17)
Study PI: Joanne Tynon, Ph.D.
July 12, 2016 -- From the The Geocaching Blog.
Good morning, geocacher.
Recently, intelligence agents at GCHQ 47 intercepted a series of encoded messages from a highly classified source. We believe these messages include detailed instructions for securing three new geocaching souvenirs. However, our analysts have been unable to decipher their meaning.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves decoding these messages and securing these souvenirs for your Geocaching profile. Fair warning: This isn’t mission difficult. It’s Mission GC.
New intel suggests souvenirs will only be available for procurement on the following dates:
Given the top secret nature of this mission, the encoded messages will be sent for analysis only to those with proper security clearance. Premium members will receive an email including the encoded message one week prior to each souvenir release. Decoding the message will unlock instructions for securing the next souvenir. The first encoded message will be sent to Premium members on July 22, 2016.
Instructions for unlocking the souvenirs will be made available to members of all security levels on the morning of each souvenir release. This information will be posted on all major GCHQ 47 channels (Geocaching.com, Geocaching® app, Facebook and Twitter).
As always, should you or any member of your team be caught by muggles, GCHQ 47 will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
Good luck. The fate of the geocaching universe is in your preferred TOTT.
Reposted due to problems reading the original content from the website. Be careful following the link, as it behaves weird on most browsers.
From Julie L., she passed this link on with the following note:
Anyone searching for an outdoor activity that involves physical exercise and exploration might enjoy geocaching. The word “geocaching” comes from combining the words “geography” and “cache.” Using a hand-held global positioning system device or a smartphone with a geocaching app installed on it, you can search for hidden caches or objects. With more than 2.5 million caches hiding around the world, it’s likely that at least a few of these objects are hidden near your home or in the vicinity of your next vacation. Not only is geocaching an exciting adventure suitable for people of virtually any age, but it’s also a way to get healthful exercise and learn about geography.
Geocaching websites list the caches located in specific places. These databases also include ratings for the difficulty of finding them in the surrounding terrain to enable people to determine whether they think they have the fitness ability necessary to find each cache. This can be especially advantageous for families with children. With a GPS device, a person or a group can begin hunting for the cache. It’s also helpful to have a compass and a map of the area to assist with the search. You might be searching in an urban neighborhood or busy downtown area or in a rural spot such as the woods or an open field. The trick involves following the GPS coordinates because the coordinates will show a straight line between you and the cache. However, natural and man-made barriers will usually necessitate making detours before you arrive at the cache.
Not only is geocaching an entertaining individual or group activity, but it also has other benefits. Anyone who goes on a group geocaching expedition will usually experience excitement and pride upon finding the cache successfully as a team. The process of hiking or walking around outdoors is also a valuable type of physical exercise. Geocaching in the wilderness may even involve climbing or hiking, which involves more effort. It’s possible to choose the level of exertion involved in geocaching by selecting the cache carefully. For example, a cache located in an urban city location will probably not involve as much physical effort as one hidden in the foothills of a national park.
Geocaching also has educational benefits. Hunting for a cache in a historical area will enable you to explore this environment to learn more about it. The cache itself may also contain items of historical significance. Teachers are using geocache activities as fun and educational lessons for students. Setting up temporary caches on outdoor school grounds lets students search for them as they learn facts about a historical time or event.
Geocaching etiquette includes some basic guidelines to help everyone enjoy this adventure. One of the first rules of etiquette involves removing something from a cache you find. It’s only polite to take something away from a cache if you leave something of your own behind in it for the next person to find. Even if you don’t remove anything from it, you might want to consider leaving a trinket of your own behind to add to the cache. Geocachers also must always record their find in the logbook of the cache.
Learn more about geocaching, how to do it, and the many benefits associated with this activity by visiting the following resources:
for example, this one) than on camera.
The 16 geocaching movies from GIFF Weekend 2015 are now available for the first time since last year! Watch them here.
Everybody has at least one GREAT geocaching story to tell. Why not capture it on film? Enter the 2016 Geocaching International Film Festival.
Challenge Cache Guidelines.
The new framework for challenge caches was shaped by feedback from geocachers and Community Volunteer Reviewers around the world. Hundreds of geocachers took part in our User Insights Forum and nearly 20,000 of you also completed our survey on challenge caches. With all of this data in hand, we set about building a framework that we hope will allow challenge caches to continue and thrive. You can read all about the process on the Geocaching Blog.
Here are the key points:
- One of the most significant changes is that all future challenge caches must include a web-based challenge checker.
- The guidelines were updated with the goal of eliminating many of the issues that caused problems during the review process.
See all of the changes made to the Challenge Cache Guidelines here. We’re happy to know that challenge caches will continue to inspire people around the world to achieve exciting geocaching goals!
P.S. Wondering what a challenge cache is? Challenge caches allow geocache owners to create “challenges” you have to accomplish before you can log a specific geocache, like meeting the challenge of finding a geocache on every day of the year. Learn more here.
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