Want to have more events, but need ideas? Here is a week by week list of ideas for the next three months. I hope this helps spark your imagination or provides a list of themes to use from January to March.
January Monthly Theme – Resolutions Kept, Resolutions Forgotten
January 6-12, 2019
New Year, New You – Plan a group hike in the snow to start the year off on a healthy note. Hiking in the cold burns extra calories.
January 13-19, 2019
Local CITO and Craft – Plan a hike or group meet up at a place that can use a good trash pick up; even in the snow it is surprising how much can be picked up. Kids and adults can pick up pine cones (or buy them), cover with peanut butter and roll in bird seed. Hang them in each cacher’s yard or in the wild.
January 20-26, 2019
Rights and Responsibilities – Flash Mob at a location with civil rights ties, or a local community event.
January 27- Feb 2, 2019
Groundhog Prediction Social – Early in the week have a fun vote on shadow or no shadow. If you do your event on the weekend, have a “Watch Party” with a super fun reenactment of Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction. Costumes get a bonus.
February Monthly Theme – Keep Warm, Keep Caching
Feb 3-9, 2019
Resolutions? Did we do those? – Plan a food based meet up at a restaurant of your choice – healthly or otherwise….
Feb 10-16, 2019
Caching Love is in the Air – Let’s Talk About Our Cache Valentines. Have participants bring their top five GCcode caches. Share stories and adventures. After the event, post a note on the cache page with all the GC Codes.
Feb 17-23, 2019
Winter’s Last Hurray (We Hope) – Chili Cook Off. Contestants bring their crock pot of chili. Non-chili makers get X number of votes. Extra votes can be earned for 1) making chili 2)making cornbread 3)bringing plates/spoons/taster size cups.
Winner gets a fun prize like a warm fuzzy feeling or fart-proof underwear.
Feb 24- March 2, 2019
Only 52 weeks until Leap Day – Just a social to talk about how participants got their geocache on Leap Day to fill in their calendar (the thrill of victory) or how they missed the day (the agony of defeat).
March Monthly Theme – Get Ready for Caching Season!
March 3-9, 2019
Donut Date! It’s time to meet up for coffee and donuts! Not just a dozen plain, but to try that house specialty. It is a great time to trade stories about the best donut you ever ate. How you earned the Donut Trail starting at 3 AM. What is better filled – jelly or custard? Maple or vanilla? A silly vote would be fun to do with an announcement of the poll winners at the end. Bonus if the event is at a non-chain shop.
March 10-16, 2019
Spring Forward Flash Mob – Gather in a place to be seen Springing Forward. Pogo sticks, and other jumping implements get a bonus. Mostly jump a lot.
March 17-23, 2019
Leaping Leprechauns! – Plan a meal gathering at a place having traditional foods and a bonus if you can have green beer too.
March 24- 30, 2019
Make-it March! All those water bottles and caps are going to be put to use. Best case: You pick up plenty of bottles and caps from a CITO. Participants bring rinsed and cleaned bottle caps to your events, and you use the tutorial below to reuse them to create simple cache containers.
Here is a Tutorial on how to make the caches : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP_gMl5pW1Y
Cheap superglue can be purchased at Dollar Tree by the case. Ship-to-store is free also.
Be sure to have participants bring the supplies you’re not providing, like maybe glue or a hack saw etc. Let them know what you’re bringing, like the hacksaw etc.
March 30 – April 6, 2019
Cacher Fool’s Day Flash Mob – Wear your clothes backward, ponytails in the front, make signs with obviously wrong facts. Have fun and bee silly.
What events do you have planned for 2019? Do you prefer to host or attend? Share your event pictures with @GeocacheTalk and @AprilHollySmith on Instagram, so we can enjoy your get togethers from afar!
April Holly Smith (aka AHollyS) has been a registered member of Geocaching.com since 09/08/2001, although not finding her first geocache until December 2007. Her geocaching accomplishments include attending a GeoCoinFest , 6 ASP GeoBashes, 7 Midwest GeoBashes, 2 Mogas, and 7 Geowoodstocks (including the Giga), and the launch of the first E.T. Trail. Her, now deceased, husband is originally from Cache, Oklahoma. She is currently a stay-at-home mom with her 2 girls, 5 and under. In addition, she enjoys hosting geo-events and volunteers as the Geocaching Coordinator for Stan Hywet Hall and Garden in Akron, Ohio. April can be contacted on Instagram @AprilHollySmith .
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