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Event Caches mark the [[location]], date, time, description, requirements, etc. of [[Geocaching Events]].
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An '''event cache''' marks the [[location]], date, time, description, requirements, etc. of a geocaching event, which is an official gathering of [[geocacher]]s. Geocaching events are great opportunities to meet other geocachers in your area.
  
A Geocaching Event is any official gathering of [[crazie]]s ... I mean [[Geocacher]]s.
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Many geocaching event caches that are sponsored by a local [[Geocaching Club]] will have [[geocaching recipes|food]], fun, and fraternizing. Friends and family are often invited to geocaching event caches, even if they do not participate in [[Geocaching]].  Thus, geocaching event caches are a great method to recruit new geocachers.
  
An Event Cache can usually count towards a tally of a [[cacher]]'s [[cache]] quantity statistic (such as on Geocaching.com)
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Often, event caches are located in an area with many [[Geocache]]s around. Sometimes, [[temporary cache]]s are set up for the geocaching event cache.
  
Generally, a [[Geocaching Event]] is a great way to meet other [[Geocacher]]s in your area.
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The [http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC389 first recorded geocaching get-together] (now known as an event cache) was held in Austin, Texas, on March 24, 2001. It was hosted by [http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=4298bb58-ce50-43c4-a252-1125bcf6cbdc Eoghan] and [http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=f694a7e9-606e-4afe-aac5-5e4083401315 Pumpkin Princess]. The "hide" date was set as the actual date of the event (which became standard practice) and the meeting location coordinates were used for the "cache coordinates". (Ref: [http://geocaching.gpsgames.org/history/ The History of Geocaching])
  
Many Geocaching Event Caches that are sponsored by a local [[Geocaching Club]] will have [[geocaching recipes|food]], [[fun]], and fraternizing.
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[[CITO|CITO event caches]] are events held specifically to clean up an area.
  
Often, Event Caches are located in an area with many [[Geocache]]s around.
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In 2006, [[Groundspeak]] added support for [[mega-event cache]]s, which is an event cache attended by at least 500 people.
  
Sometimes, [[Temporary Cache]]s are set up for the [[Geocaching Event]] Cache.
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[[Geocacher]]s who attend an event cache can post a log and receive an event cache [[icon]].
  
[[Friend]]s and [[Family]] are often invited to [[Geocaching Event]] Caches, even if they do not participate in [[Geocaching]].  Thus, [[Geocaching Event]] Caches are a great method to recruit new [[cacher]]s.
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== Games and Activities for Events ==
  
DO NOT forget to bring your [[GPSr]] to an Event Cache ;)
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Event organizers may find the following list of games and activities for events useful.
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Be careful not to over-schedule your event, and avoid planning games that split everyone up.
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Attendees will want unstructured time to socialize.
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* Raffles and Door Prizes — Everyone gets one ticket. You can offer additional tickets as prizes for other games and activities. You can also give special prizes for the attendee who traveled the furthest, the attendee who has the fewest finds, etc.
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* Geocacher Bingo – Attendees receive a "bingo card" with a 5-by-5 grid of characteristics (e.g., has fewer than 100 finds, has more than 1000 finds, owns a virtual cache, has found a terrain 5 cache, still uses an old yellow eTrex), and must write the name of someone with that characteristic who is present at the event. Each name can be used only once.
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* Pin Swap — Attendees receive a lanyard with 10 identical pins on it. There are 10 different designs, and everyone must swap pins with each other to get a complete set of 10 different pins.
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* GPS Accuracy Test — Attendees use their own GPS receivers to place survey flags as close as possible to specified coordinates. The flag closest to the "actual" location (determined in advance by the organizer's GPSr, or better yet, by a high-end surveying system) wins a prize.
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* Crosswords and Word Hunts — Create a crossword or word hunt puzzle using geocaching-related words. Offer prizes for the first few people who correctly solve the puzzle.
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* Cache Decorating/Camouflaging Contest — Invite attendees to bring decorated/camouflaged ammo cans, or have them decorate/camouflage cache containers at the event. (A separate contest for kids can help keep them from getting bored at the event.) The winner gets a prize. Everyone can take home their containers, or they can be auctioned off.
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* The Swag Game — Display a dozen or more assorted trade items (ranging in value from a few cents to a few dollars) on a table, each identified by a different letter. Attendees must list the trade items in order of value. A good prize for the winner is a ready-to-hide cache container, complete with a log and all the trade items from the game.
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* Bobbing for Film Canisters — Fill a tub with water, then toss in film canisters with various prizes in them. As with bobbing for apples, attendees try to retrieve film canisters with their mouths (no hands allowed). They get to keep the prizes in the retrieved film canisters.
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* Potluck Meals.
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* Temporary caches.
  
The first recorded instance of a geocaching get-together (now known as an event cache) was held in Austin, Texas, on March 24, 2001. It was hosted by Eoghan and Pumpkin Princess. The "hide" date was set as the actual date of the event (which became standard practice) and the meeting location coordinates were used for the "cache coordinates". (Ref: http://geocaching.gpsgames.org/history/ )
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== See also ==
 
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_klmiD9e8gs Learn to Host a Geocaching Event] (GoGeocaching channel on YouTube)
Recently added to the types of caches is the [[Mega Event Cache]].
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--[[User:Seared Ice|Seared Ice]] 15:02, 14 Aug 2005 (EDT)
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Revision as of 23:04, 18 November 2013

An event cache marks the location, date, time, description, requirements, etc. of a geocaching event, which is an official gathering of geocachers. Geocaching events are great opportunities to meet other geocachers in your area.

Many geocaching event caches that are sponsored by a local Geocaching Club will have food, fun, and fraternizing. Friends and family are often invited to geocaching event caches, even if they do not participate in Geocaching. Thus, geocaching event caches are a great method to recruit new geocachers.

Often, event caches are located in an area with many Geocaches around. Sometimes, temporary caches are set up for the geocaching event cache.

The first recorded geocaching get-together (now known as an event cache) was held in Austin, Texas, on March 24, 2001. It was hosted by Eoghan and Pumpkin Princess. The "hide" date was set as the actual date of the event (which became standard practice) and the meeting location coordinates were used for the "cache coordinates". (Ref: The History of Geocaching)

CITO event caches are events held specifically to clean up an area.

In 2006, Groundspeak added support for mega-event caches, which is an event cache attended by at least 500 people.

Geocachers who attend an event cache can post a log and receive an event cache icon.

Games and Activities for Events

Event organizers may find the following list of games and activities for events useful. Be careful not to over-schedule your event, and avoid planning games that split everyone up. Attendees will want unstructured time to socialize.

  • Raffles and Door Prizes — Everyone gets one ticket. You can offer additional tickets as prizes for other games and activities. You can also give special prizes for the attendee who traveled the furthest, the attendee who has the fewest finds, etc.
  • Geocacher Bingo – Attendees receive a "bingo card" with a 5-by-5 grid of characteristics (e.g., has fewer than 100 finds, has more than 1000 finds, owns a virtual cache, has found a terrain 5 cache, still uses an old yellow eTrex), and must write the name of someone with that characteristic who is present at the event. Each name can be used only once.
  • Pin Swap — Attendees receive a lanyard with 10 identical pins on it. There are 10 different designs, and everyone must swap pins with each other to get a complete set of 10 different pins.
  • GPS Accuracy Test — Attendees use their own GPS receivers to place survey flags as close as possible to specified coordinates. The flag closest to the "actual" location (determined in advance by the organizer's GPSr, or better yet, by a high-end surveying system) wins a prize.
  • Crosswords and Word Hunts — Create a crossword or word hunt puzzle using geocaching-related words. Offer prizes for the first few people who correctly solve the puzzle.
  • Cache Decorating/Camouflaging Contest — Invite attendees to bring decorated/camouflaged ammo cans, or have them decorate/camouflage cache containers at the event. (A separate contest for kids can help keep them from getting bored at the event.) The winner gets a prize. Everyone can take home their containers, or they can be auctioned off.
  • The Swag Game — Display a dozen or more assorted trade items (ranging in value from a few cents to a few dollars) on a table, each identified by a different letter. Attendees must list the trade items in order of value. A good prize for the winner is a ready-to-hide cache container, complete with a log and all the trade items from the game.
  • Bobbing for Film Canisters — Fill a tub with water, then toss in film canisters with various prizes in them. As with bobbing for apples, attendees try to retrieve film canisters with their mouths (no hands allowed). They get to keep the prizes in the retrieved film canisters.
  • Potluck Meals.
  • Temporary caches.

See also

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