Geocaching is a deceptively easy, hi-tech game of hide and seek. in the GeoCache Dash! the University of Maine Hutchinson Center is the hider! We scout out the best places to show off Belfast and Waldo County and hide a cache (a container with a log book and stamp) in order to entice cachers to return again in the future.
Our caches will join other 300 active caches in Waldo County for people to find. The seekers in the Maine Hutchinson Center CeoCache Dash! are the attendees. Seekers load the coordinates of the caches onto their GPS at noon on July 27th, then try to find 20 specific cache containers, set out exclusively for this event. Once they have found all 20 of the hidden caches or as many as they can find by 4 p.m., seekers are eligible to win other prizes, including a custom FHC “travel bug”. It sounds easy, but caches can take anywhere from 30 seconds to an hour to find, and the hides can be pretty tricky! In addition, there will be drawings based upon the caches found. Some caches have unique drawings just for those that find them. However, all caches found get you into the overall drawing and prizes.
The object of geocaching is to find as many caches as possible. Some geocachers have found over 10,000 caches. That’s a lot of gas, snacks and miles on those hiking boots!
The GeoCache Dash! Conference schedule is: July 27, 2013: Registration from 8:30 to 9 am; Session I, II and III from 9 am to 11:45 am. At noon there is a brown bag lunch for purchase and the Cache Coordinates are Revealed. From Noon to 4 pm will be the Cache Hunting. From 4 to 5 pm will be Passport Verification and at 5 pm Prizes will be Awarded.
Registration: Adults for the Conference and Lunch if $50; Children age 5 and under are Free; Youth Age 6 to 18 Conference and Lunch is $10. Just want to Cache Hunt? That’s free.
For more information, including a copy of the Conference brochure, visit the Hutchinson Center website at www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu where you can find the Registration link (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H28VPZJ )
All proceeds to benefit Hutchinson Center Student Scholarships