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Geocaching General

The holidays are coming (and winter too!)

Along with the hectic holidays and a few opportunities to get in some more geocaching comes one of MGS’ most popular events: The Holiday Swap! So come out and join us for food, fun, and a lively gift exchange. We will be at VFW Post 160 again this year. The event page is here along with the rules for the optional but extremely entertaining gift exchange. And of course you can register your potluck contributions here.

2018 MGS Fall Picnic and Campout

The 2018 MGS Fall Picnic and Campout is only a weekend away! Come out and join us for a whole series of events from Friday to Sunday. There is something for everyone and a weekend of fun for the hardy geocachers who attend every event. Here is a list of the events:

GC7XGX0 – Friday Evening Welcome Social On The Deck (Fri 6pm)
GC7VE4E2018 MGS Fall Picnic and Campout (Sat 10am)
Here is the potluck food list!
GC7XGXM – 2018 MGS Fall Picnic – Friends ‘Round The Campfire (Sat 8pm)
GC7XGYG – MGS Fall Picnic – The Breakfast Club @ Hancock, MD (Sun 7am)
GC7XGZ1 – 2018 MGS Fall Picnic – WMRT & C&O Canal CITO (Sun 8:30am)
GC7VQMDHCWHA @ Newcomer House – Geocaching 101 (Sun 11am)

There will be free camping in Widmyer Park too! On Sunday we will host an “intro to geocaching” event with the Newcomer House at the Antietam National Battlefield. At the end of the event you can work on the Antietam Adventure Lab Caches! Hope to see everyone there!

Come on a cachetur with us…

What is a cachetur?  Cachetur is the Norwegian word for a geocaching trip. is a user supported geocaching trip planning tool.  Using you can do all of this and more:

  • Plan geocaching trips both near and far
  • Quickly and easily see which caches you have planned as either you or any of the trips participants, own or have found before
  • Receive an automated email if changes are made to caches in your trips
  • Add comments and discuss with other participants
  • Keep track of tasks and answers to earthcaches and virtuals in trips you have planned
  • Get automatic tips and recommendations on your trips
  • Get automatic routes generated on your trips
  • Download GPX files with all caches in a trip
  • Add other waypoints, such as parking lots, sights, etc.
  • See statistics for the caches you plan to find
  • Print lists and maps
  • Import from and export to bookmarks on
  • Share information with GSAK through a macro package
  • Select caches directly from the map on via a user script
    • And much much more …

So come out and join us at NOVAGO cacheturs to Maryland hear a presentation all about by cachetur Ambassador, Instructor and NoVaGo President platoaddict.

Antietam Adventure Lab Cache

We wanted to remind you that the Lab Cache Adventure from CAM 2016 is still active. One of our esteemed former officers and current Director, deepdish23, has been working to make sure the Antietam Adventure will be available for at least the foreseeable future. So if you didn’t get a chance to complete it after the 2016 picnic or you are new to caching, be sure to check this cache out. Imagine, your own Lab Cache practically right in your backyard! This Lab Cache is one of only 6 adventures worldwide, one of four in the US and the only non Mega Event Lab Cache not in Seattle, Washington, home of Groundspeak HQ. Also, stay tuned, deepdish23 is working with NPS to possibly hold an event around this cache in the Fall. In the meantime, you can head out to Antietam and relive a little of the glory of CAM 2016 while you wait for the CAM 2018 Kick-off!

P.S. Thanks to the following who had a role in bringing this idea to the geocaching community:
Hixon, Calvertcachers, deepdish23, Bryan Roth, Phil Brommal, HoneyBadger34, Adric, tazscouter, lpyankeefan, and GR8Caches

Maryland Geocaching Society Summer Picnic 2012

One month now until the MGS Summer Picnic 2012. The picnic will be Saturday August 4th 2012 at 10 o’clock, RAIN or SHINE! We’ll be meeting in the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park for fun and food.

The Annual MGS Awards will be presented, and we’ll be hosting a large Silent Auction! If you would like to donate any items for the auction to help support the MGS and its mission, please contact the MGS PR Officer Spikep (Mike) at The MGS does not collect any dues or fees for the events it hosts and as such depends on the generous donations of it’s members to help defray the costs of pavilions, hall rentals…etc. Please do consider donating to help out. Geocoins, cache containers, private cache tours or anything related to geocaching or the outdoors would be accepted to help out.

The MGS Awards are also being awarded. Please do take a moment or two to send in your nominations for 2012. More information can be found in the forums.

If you have any questions please do feel free to contact me at “” Hope to see everyone there!