This post includes some more information and hints and tips about geocaching that I didn’t have time to include in my presentation at Information Online in Brisbane.
Firstly, some hint and tips for hiding a cache. If you are thinking of listing a geocache on geocaching.com, you MUST read the guidelines for placing a cache first. Then read them again. And then once more. Once you have a good understanding of what is allowed, make sure that your cache meets the guidelines. Each cache submission is reviewed by a volunteer reviewer, and if they feel that your cache breaches the guidelines, it won’t be published until it complies.
One of the most important guidelines concerns getting adequate permission from the landowner before placing a cache. If you are hiding a cache in your library, put a note on the cache page indicating that the cache was placed with the library’s permission. Even some public land, e.g. National Parks in NSW, require formal written permission to be obtained prior to placing the cache.
Another point to keep in mind is to make your cache container as large as possible. If you’re setting up a multi- or puzzle cache which requires cachers to gather information from several locations, it’s nice to reward them with a reasonably-sized container. Families with kids are particularly attracted to larger caches as there is usually some “swag” in there for the kids to look at and swap.
A recent development on the geocaching.com website has been the introduction of Favorite points. Under this system, cachers can assign Favorite points to caches that they loved finding. These points act as a way of encouraging visits to your cache, because caches with lots of Favorite points are obviously seen as something special by cachers. Hiding a creative cache is a good way to attract Favorite points, either by using a creatively designed container, or by taking the finders on an interesting journey as part of the cache experience. Check out the Creative Cache Containers Flickr group for some inspiration when designing a container.
If you wanted to find out more about geocaching in your local area, there are several geocaching organisations around Australia, such as those listed below:
- Geocaching NSW http://www.geocachingnsw.asn.au/
- Geocaching Brisbane (closed Facebook group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/122436932974/
- Ballarat Geocachers http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ballaratgeocachers/
- Hunter Area Victims Of Caching (HAVOC) Geocaching (Hunter Valley, NSW) http://www.geohavoc.org/
- North Coast Geocaching Group http://ncgg.forumup.com.au/
- Illawarra Caching Community http://groups.yahoo.com/group/illawarracachingcommunity/
- Riverina Caching http://rivcache.com/
- Geocaching Melbourne (closed Facebook group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/342508982428332/
- Geocaching East Gippsland Australia https://www.facebook.com/GeocachingEastGippslandAustralia
I hope that this post has given you a bit more of an idea of how to go about hiding a cache in your library. If you have any questions or want more information, feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org – remove the “nospam”) or Twitter.