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News, Updates, and More MGS Events!

News, Updates, and More MGS Events!

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society.

It was great seeing so many of you at this year’s Summer Picnic in Carderock Park! We lucked out with some great weather, and it proved to be an enjoyable location. Once again the MGS showed it knows how to throw down an impressive spread of food, and kudos to our master grillers who had all the food cooked in record time. No long food queues at this event! Thank you to those who donated all the wonderful items for the auction and to everyone who bid so generously. Red Hat Promos deserves a mention for their considerable donation of merchandise for the auction. If you saw something you liked but weren’t lucky enough to win the item in the auction, you can probably find it on their website. They are very accommodating with special requests, so if you’d like a design tweaked a bit, just mention it in the comment box at checkout. Many items are made-to-order, so there’s a good chance they’ll be able to make it the way you want it. If you do order from them, be sure to thank them for their donations to the Summer Auction!

Voting for the CAM 2018 Logo Contest has ended and the winner has been announced: congratulations drumbum14! A big thank you to those who submitted designs and to everyone who turned up to vote! To stay up-to-date with CAM 2018 info and announcements, be sure to subscribe to the CAM 2018 Information Thread.

Speaking of CAM, the 2017 CAM Geocoin Production Timeline has been updated with a few more nuggets of dismay. I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that the mint now refers to our coin as ‘The Haunted Project’. (Yeah, I didn’t laugh either.) Once again, thank you for being so patient with this mess.

We’ll soon be ready to reveal our plans for the MGS 15th Anniversary geocoin and begin taking orders (no egg-throwing, please). We’re taking bets on whether this new order arrives before the six-month-old CAM coin order.

Nominations are open for the 2017 MGS Awards which you can read all about in the 2017 MGS Awards Nominations thread. The awards are great way to showcase the creativity on display across the state and to recognize members who have helped raise the bar for geocaching in Maryland. Visit the MGS Awards thread to find out how to nominate your favorite hiders, caches, logs, and photos. Nominations are open through the end of 2017, and voting will begin on January 1st, 2018.

We haven’t forgotten about the MGS license plates! Many of you have expressed interest, and we are in the process of getting the artwork updated. If you are thinking about getting a set of MGS plates for your geomobile, visit this thread to sign up.

UPCOMING MGS EVENTS:

The 2017 MGS CITO and Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, in the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park from 10am to 1pm. Since this falls on the first day of Groundspeak’s second CITO Week of 2017, you will earn a souvenir by attending this CITO event! We hope you’ll join us in showing how much Maryland geocachers love and appreciate our state parks.

We return to Hancock for the 2017 MGS Fall Picnic and Campout on the weekend of October 14th. Saturday’s picnic will be held in Kirkwood Park, and we’ll be back at Widmyer Park for the campout on Friday and Saturday nights. The park supervisors have promised to have the bears well fed before our arrival. Mid-October is a wonderful time of year to visit Western Maryland, and I hope you’ll join us for one of the most enjoyable MGS events of the year.

The 2017 MGS Geocaching Trivia Party is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th from 1–4pm at the Williamsport Moose Lodge. Some of you may recall that we hosted a Trivia Event the same day as the 2016 CAM Picnic. That event was planned out of logistical necessity, but it proved so popular that we’ve decided to stage another one this year as a standalone event. Who knows, it might be a CAM coin distribution event this year as well. (Seriously, stop with the eggs!)

And finally, the 2017 MGS Holiday Swap will take place on Saturday, December 2nd from Noon to 3pm at the Glen Burnie VFW Post 160. Last year’s updated rules were well-received, so we’re using them again this year. This one is always a fun time, so we hope you’ll take a break from your busy December schedules to join us in cranking up the festive spirit!

Summer Picnic, CAM Coin Update, and Other News

Summer Picnic, CAM Coin Update, and Other News

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society. The 2017 MGS Summer Picnic in Carderock Park is just around the corner, so if you haven’t yet posted your will-attend or signed up on the Volunteer and Food List, hurry up and do so! We hope you’ll enjoy us for a fun day in a great location. And if you’re looking to boost your “cache types in a day” stats, you might want to consider attending the CITO hosted by our friends in NoVAGO earlier that morning. It’s only about a 10-minute drive from the CITO to the Picnic.

Nominations are open for the 2017 MGS Awards! The dates and rules have changed this year, so be sure to read all about it in the 2017 MGS Awards Nominations thread. The awards are great way to showcase the creativity on display across the state and to recognize members who have helped raise the bar for geocaching in Maryland. In previous years, very few people have participated in the nominations and voting, but we’re hoping to stir up a lot more interest this time round. The awards have traditionally been presented at the Summer Picnic, but this year we’ve moved them back to January to give people more time to visit the nominated caches and to contemplate their Favorites lists. Visit the MGS Awards thread to find out how to nominate your favorite hiders, caches, logs, and photos.

An update on the CAM geocoin saga has been posted here. It includes a timeline of our geocoin production thus far to give everyone an idea of what sort of Keystone Cops movie this has been. Again, a tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who has been so gracious and patient with this ridiculous situation.

In an effort to ensure we don’t find ourselves in a similar predicament next year, we’ve already opened up the CAM 2018 Logo Contest. This is the first step in designing the logo which will appear on next year’s CAM geocoin and related merchandise. Design submissions are open through July 24th, and the voting will run from July 25th, with the winner being announced on August 1st. Visit the Logo Contest page to submit your design. To keep abreast of CAM 2018 info and announcements, be sure to subscribe to the CAM 2018 Information Thread.

The 2017 MGS CITO and Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, in the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park from 10am to 1pm. Since this falls on the first day of Groundspeak’s second CITO Week of 2017, you will earn a souvenir by attending this CITO event! If that doesn’t boost attendance, nothing will. We hope you’ll be willing to give back to Mother Earth by picking up trash and helping with trail maintenance at this great Maryland park.

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be returning to Hancock, Maryland, for the 2017 MGS Fall Picnic on the weekend of October 14th. The picnic will be held in a different park this year, but we’ll be back at Widmyer Park for the campout on Friday and Saturday nights. Mid-October is the perfect time of year to behold Western Maryland’s beautiful fall colors, and I hope you’ll join us for one of the most enjoyable MGS events of the year.

More MGS events will be publishing soon; meanwhile, please save the dates:
2017 MGS Geocaching Trivia Party – Saturday, November 4th (1–4pm)
2017 MGS Holiday Swap – Saturday, December 2nd (Noon–3pm)

Here’s wishing you all a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

Hiker Pathtags

Hiker Pathtags

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society. Thank you again to all those who completed CAM for their ongoing patience with the coin delay. We’ve still not been given an estimated completion date from the mint, but the moment we get word from them we will post announcements here on the forum, on Bookface, and, if possible, through the archived cache page.

Meanwhile, to satisfy your cravings for shiny metal disks, there are still a few bags of MGS ‘Hiker’ pathtags in stock on the GeocoinStore site. This was a reorder of a popular design from 2011. In order to purchase these tags, you’ll need to enter a password: mgs2011 (lowercase). Each bag of 20 costs $20 plus shipping, and the MGS receives a kickback donation from each purchase.

The 2017 MGS Summer Picnic in Carderock Park is only a month-and-a-day away! If you haven’t yet posted a will-attend, please visit the cache page to do so. You can sign up to volunteer and list your potluck food items in this thread. Aside from enjoying the company of fellow cachers, there’s plenty to do and see in the area. The Carderock virtual cache is a ¾-mile hike from the Picnic Area along the Billy Goat Trail, and Aquarius – another of Maryland’s virtuals – is only a 2-mile drive to parking and a 0.6-mile hike. We hope to see you there!

2017 Summer Picnic

2017 Summer Picnic

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society. CAM 2017 has come and gone, and I extend my gratitude to everyone for being so kind and understanding about the delayed coins. We have been informed that the factory in China has been having ‘computer problems’. As soon as we have a projected delivery date from the mint, we will post announcements here on the forum and, if possible, through the cache page. Thank you again for your continued patience.

We are now looking forward to the MGS Summer Picnic on July 8th at Carderock Park. If you have not yet posted a will-attend, you can do so on the Summer Picnic cache page. The food and volunteer sign-up list can be found here. More information regarding the annual Summer Auction will follow.

And finally, safe travels to all those journeying to North Carolina for GeoWoodstock XV. Have a great time!

Maryland Historical Trust presents award to MGS

Maryland Historical Trust presents award to MGS

Congratulations to all those involved with the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Geotrail for receiving a 2017 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Public Programming from the Maryland Historical Trust. Certificates were presented to the MGS and the cache hiders at an award ceremony in Annapolis yesterday. Thanks to Mark ‘deepdish23’ Neuberger and his team for bringing statewide recognition to our organization. Read more and post comments in this thread.