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

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.

Cache Across Maryland 2016

Cache Across Maryland 2016

Cache Across Maryland or “CAM” is the Maryland Geocaching Society’s biggest event of the year. It entails highlighting the beauty of the “Free State” or “Old Line State” by placing Geocaches at spectacular areas in Maryland. Usually these include local and regional parks, state parks or private entities that agree to participate. This year marks a breakthrough with CAM and all of the caches are placed on National Park Land in conjunction with the NPS 100 Year Centennial Celebration.

Two years ago the core of 2014 began working on relations with the National Park Service. Hours of meetings and tireless effort went into accessing permission for the cache placements. Once the NPS agreed it came time to present to each park “What is Geocaching?”. Once onboard the MGS had began a new relation with the National Park Service that once banned physical cache placement completely. This is the groundwork needed to began relations in other states and involve the Federal Government in the activities we love, Geocaching!

If you are deciding on whether or not to do CAM this year you should consider this the year! It is all new locations and will give you a brand new experience with the same quality you have had before. We are excited as you are and cannot wait till the picnic! If you have any questions please click the forums tab above and go to Cache Across Maryland thread to answer most of your questions.

Finally I want to personally thank the previous core of last year and the year before for the spectacular work they did getting this done. It was a lot of work and it is paying off!

See you on the trails!

MGS President

CAM 2016 & WVTim’s 8th Annual Geocaching Seminar

CAM 2016 & WVTim's 8th Annual Geocaching Seminar

We hope you are as excited for CAM as we are! In just a few short weeks geocachers from all over the region and especially Maryland will be scrambling out their doors to find these caches. If you have never done CAM before you should consider this the year to do it. At 8 AM all the cache information will be posted on the forums and facebook. We also have the email option and more information can be found on the forums.

Before we make it to CAM I also want to invite you to WVTim’s 8th Annual Geocaching Seminar taking place March 19th at 8 AM. This event had a huge turnout last year with over 250 attendees from all over. The MGS and members are heavily involved with the event and support the activities for the day. It includes information for hiding caches, puzzle cache solving, 3rd party statistic programs, and many more. On this day the complete CAM teaser map will be made available to attendees then posted online later that day. Several of the upcoming and amazing “Smart Caches of Berkeley County” will be published as well totaling to 4. I personally had a tour and you don’t want to miss these! The event page can found here .