MGS Holiday Swap

MGS Holiday Swap

On Saturday, December 3rd, we return to the JHU Applied Physics Lab for the ninth annual MGS Holiday Swap from 1 to 5pm. This is one of the most enjoyable MGS events of the year, and if you’ve never been, you really should give it a try! Please visit the cache page for details and to post your will-attend, and then check out the Holiday Swap Food List to post the prepared dish you intent to bring. The APLCachers are graciously providing the use of their space to us free of charge. In return we have agreed not to sell any wares or collect donations. Any items which are ordered and paid for via PayPal ahead of time can be picked up at the event, however the MGS will not be bringing any additional merchandise to sell and will not be accepting payments of any kind.

As a reminder, the prices on our inventory of geocoins have dropped:
 GeoWoodstock XIII geocoin (antique silver) — $5
 CAM 2015 geocoin — $5
 CAM 2016 geocoins (silver and gold) – $10

Yes, that’s right, now you can grab GW13 and CAM15 geocoins for the same price as travel bug dog tags! To place an order, contact us at sales@mdgps.org. We hope to see you at the Swap!

2017 Core Officer Nominations

2017 Core Officer Nominations

This is your opportunity to give back and have a rewarding experience. The 2017 Core Nominations are now open. You can nominate a person with their permission if you think they would make a great officer. Head over to this thread for nomination rules and officer duty information. The MGS is one of the best organizations that represents Geocaching. We have some of the best ties with federal, state and local government that allows us to host some of the best events in the country. The past few years we have stride forward with the National Parks allowing us to have geocaches in them.

If you or someone you know wants to be a part of the magic that makes this happen cast your nomination!

MGS News and Upcoming Events

MGS News and Upcoming Events

Thanks to all who braved the gloomy forecast to join us for the 2016 MGS Fall Picnic! We had great autumn weather for camping, and the rain wasn’t too much of a disruption of Saturday’s events due to everyone’s good spirits. We’re very grateful to the Town of Hancock for their hospitality, and I hope we have an opportunity to return for future events. To those who couldn’t join us, we missed you, and it’s still worth a visit for the more than 30 new caches that published during that weekend.

On Saturday, November 12th, from 8am to 1.30pm, the APLCachers will present their second annual Geocaching Symposium at the JHU Applied Physics Lab, the birthplace of satellite navigation. This is a terrific event for geocachers of all levels of experience. Seminar topics include ‘Geocaching 101’ for beginners and ‘Geocaching 201’ for intermediate level cachers, ‘The History of Geocaching in Maryland’ presented by deepdish23, ‘Genesis of the Antietam Adventure Lab Cache’ by Hixon, and ‘The Future of Gadget Caches’ by WVTim. There will also be tutorials on using Geosphere (iPhone), c:geo (Android) and Project-GC. These presentations will provide valuable additions to your geo-arsenal, and we hope you’ll consider attending!

We experienced several setbacks scheduling an MGS CITO event this year, however we are pleased to announce that we have finally managed to secure a location. The 2016 MGS CITO Event and Picnic will occur on Sunday, November 20th from 1.30 to 4.30pm at the Hollofield Area of Patapsco Valley State Park. (Where’s the Hollofield Area, you ask? If you’ve found Jusef’s Cache, Maryland’s oldest active geocache, you’ve been there.) After posting your will-attend, please post your food items to the CITO Food List thread.

On Saturday, December 3rd, we return to the JHU Applied Physics Lab for the ninth annual MGS Holiday Swap from 1 to 5pm. This is one of the most enjoyable MGS events of the year, and if you’ve never been, you really should give it a try! Please visit the cache page for details and to post your will-attend, and then check out the Holiday Swap Food List to post the prepared dish you intent to bring. The APLCachers are graciously providing the use of their space to us free of charge. In return we have agreed not to sell any wares or collect donations. Any items which are ordered and paid for via PayPal ahead of time can be picked up at the event, however the MGS will not be bringing any additional merchandise to sell and will not be accepting payments of any kind.

As a reminder, the prices on our inventory of geocoins have dropped:
 GeoWoodstock XIII geocoin (antique silver) — $5
 CAM 2015 geocoin — $5
CAM 2016 geocoins (silver and gold) – $10

Yes, that’s right, now you can grab GW13 and CAM15 geocoins for the same price as travel bug dog tags! To place an order, contact us at sales@mdgps.org.

We hope you’re having a wonderful autumn of caching and look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

MGS Fall Picnic 2016

MGS Fall Picnic 2016

Come join us this Saturday 10/8/2016 for our annual Fall Picnic. We will be meeting at Widmeyer Park in Hancock, MD. There are several events in conjuction to the picnic throughout the weekend. Camping is available with showers and restrooms at the park all free of charge! Firewood has been provided for the fire pit on site.

During the picnic we will have our annual Corn-hole tournament with two sets of boards this year. Several raffles and our drawing for the PathTag starter set. There will be a sale for our remaining inventory of CAM 2015 coins and GeoWoodstock XIII coins at a price of $5 each. We can accept credit cards if needed but cash is always preferred. The sale will only be during the picnic so buy while you can!

We hope to see everyone there and if you have not logged your “Will Attend” please head over to the page.

MGS Summer Picnic & Other News

MGS Summer Picnic & Other News

I want to thank everyone who was able participate in Cache Across Maryland 2016. We had a fantastic turnout and built some great relationships with the National Park Service! I want to also thank the National Park Service for allowing the Maryland Geocaching Society to have CAM hides and the picnic in their parks.

Our next scheduled event is the MGS Summer Picnic hosted at North Point State Park, Saturday July 30th at 10AM. The event page information can be found here. This event is key to the MGS raising funds through a silent auction and other various raffles for funding of our yearly events such as CAM, geocoins, operations, and events. The auction is donations by you, cachers and partners. Donations can be sent to our PR by messaging him through the forums or email. We hope to see you there and if you have any questions please post them on the forums.

On Saturday, June 4th, Piscataway Park will celebrate National Trails Day with a Paddle and Hike event from 9am–1pm. The Piscataway rangers asked whether the MGS might present an ‘Intro to Geocaching’ session during the event, and our own lpyankeefan has graciously offered to provide his time and expertise. He even agreed to deplete his weekly event allowance in order to host one of his Geocaching 101 events at the park from 10.30am–12.30pm (GC6JAXN). More information can be found here on the forums!
Lastly, if you have not heard the news of this forum topic please head over and give your vote. It is key to the future of Cache Across Maryland.