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Tip of the Day 9/16:Tips for Event Planners

Last Thursday,we published a list of tips for event attendees. Today,we’d like to share some tips for those cachers who plan events. Here are our thoughts:

  • Meet and Greets are easy to plan and usually attract a good number of players. Conversations strengthen bonds and also help educate the group as a whole. These types of events usually run themselves and require little hands-on interaction from the organizer once they begin.
  • However,don’t limit yourself to Meet and Greets. An event cache is defined as any group of cachers who meet at a certain place at a certain time. Like any other kind of cache,let yourself be creative about timing,location,and theme.
  • If you see a park that needs to be cleaned up,why not organize a CITO event,where players come with trash bags and —voila! —clean up a park?
  • If you see something that needs to be celebrated,get people together to do just that. One Pennsylvania group celebrates the first day of school by asking cachers to bring their senior yearbooks or pictures.
  • New to an area or visiting for a few days? Organize your own event to get to know people. Traveling internationally to a place with very few caches? “You’re guaranteed a smiley if you host an event,”says Mrs. Captain Picard.
  • If you’re vising and don’t have the time or local knowledge to take up the task,find a contact in the local organization and ask what local caches shouldn’t be missed. Geocachers love to share their area with visitors and they may just host an event for your visit. Local organizers love any excuse to get their friends together.

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