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.

CAM – Week III Update

CAM - Week III Update

We’re about 40% of the way through CAM, and it’s time for a few updates. Thanks to everyone who supported the MGS by purchasing CAM 2017 pathtags! All 1000 pathtags sold out earlier today. We will not be reordering, so if you missed the boat, you can visit the pathtag page and add it to your wishlist. The CAM picnic is less than a month away, so if you haven’t signed up on the Food & Volunteers list, please do. The Favorite CAM Cache poll and the CAM Photo Contest page have also posted.

Happy CAM Day!

Happy CAM Day!

The waiting is over…CAM 2017 is finally here! If you’re new to CAM, you can find out all about it in the CAM 2017 FAQ. You might also consider attending one of our five CAM Kickoff Events from 7.30–8.30am (West, Central, North, South, East) where MGS officers and other experienced CAMers will help you get started. The full CAM Teaser Map published at midnight (all the counties are now filled in!), and at 8am the links to the CAM .gpx and other related files will go live on the CAM 2017 Info Thread. Be sure to read the ‘Updates’ pdf which contains useful info about tolls, admission fees, scheduled tours, and a last-minute tweak to one of the CAM cache pages. And, of course, one more reminder: Please obey all park hours! Enjoy the travel, the scenery, the history, and especially the time spent with friends and family. On behalf of the MGS officers and all the CAM hiders, may I wish you all a fun, safe, and memorable CAM!

Southern CAM Kickoff Event has moved

Southern CAM Kickoff Event has moved

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society! Happy Pi Day! We are 11 days away from CAM, the teaser maps are dropping like snowflakes, and the CAM hides are all safely covered in a blanket of snow and ice. The final teaser map will be revealed at WVTim’s Geocaching Seminar this Saturday and will appear on the forum shortly thereafter.

If you will-attended the Southern MD CAM Kickoff Event, you should already have received a notification that the location has changed. In order to avoid potential access and parking issues due to a 5k charity race being run near the original location, we decided to move the event to a different Panera in Bowie. Check the cache page for the updated coordinates and address.

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Red Hat Promos, the online storefront through which you can now purchase MGS and CAM merchandise. The items are of high quality, and the customer service is first-rate. Check out this thread for more information.

We recently announced a pre-order-only sale of Limited Edition CAM 2017 Geocoins. These coins will only be available during this presale, and they will not be reordered at any time. The window of opportunity will only be open for a few more days, so act now! Visit this thread for more information.
UPDATE: The CAM coin sale ends on Sunday, March 19th

Spring and Summer Events

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society! Several new MGS events have posted since our last update. CAM season is just around the corner – only 5 weeks away! (For the uninitiated, Cache Across Maryland is an annual geocaching tour of the state of Maryland. See the CAM 2017 event page for more information.) CAM 2017 launches on Saturday, March 25th, and the five regional CAM Kickoff events being held from 7.30–8.30 that morning have published: West, Central, North, South, and East. The CAM Picnic will be held on Saturday, May 6th, at Red Herring Park in Obfuscation, Maryland. If you intend to participate in CAM this year, posting your will-attend now will help us ensure we have enough geocoins for everyone who completes CAM.

Also recently published is the 2017 MGS Summer Picnic event to be held on Saturday, July 8th, at Carderock Recreation Area of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. This is a first-time venue for the MGS, and we’re all very excited about enjoying a summer afternoon of geocaching in this terrific park. Please visit the Summer Picnic Food List to post which potluck items you’re planning to bring. More information about the annual MGS Silent Auction will be forthcoming.

And finally, we’re considering hosting a Geocaching Trivia event later this year, probably in August.  The trivia contest at last year’s CAM Afterparty proved very popular with attendees, so we’d like to try it again, only this time not on the same day as CAM. We’ll keep you posted as plans develop, and we would welcome any feedback you might have as to how we might improve upon last year’s trivia event.

Hope to see you on the trails!