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Events

Alternate CAM dates/seasons

In it's 10 years of history CAM has invariably been in spring. Unfortunately, spring is an invariably *extremely* busy time of year for me and I would venture to guess, some other folks as well.

The proposal would be to allow CAM (or an alternate event) to run at alternate times of the year. This would allow seekers the opportunity to not only see different parts of Maryland at different times of the year (which I... more »

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Events

Poker Run

Borrowing an idea from Chicago. A number of new caches were pre-setup for this event, with each containing a playing card/stamp in them. Each person was given a couple of hours with a goal to build the best 5 card hand for a showdown. They did this as part of a bigger event.

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Events

CAM Picnic activities

At large events there's usually some time when many attendees are sitting around waiting for things to happen: for example, raffles to be drawn, group photos and at the CAM picnic the coins and certificates to be handed out.

To streamline the 'official' parts of the CAM picnic a little and give more time for people to be caching nearby without missing out on important things, instead of calling out geo-names to the... more »
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Fundraising

MGS Endowment

With a vision to the long term, create an MGS endowment investment fund whose purpose is to provide annual income to support recurring MGS yearly expenses. This can start small and be scaled up over time, for example, it could start as a fund to support the expense of running the summer and fall picnic each year, and once that goal was achieved, grow again to support a new routine expense.

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Miscellaneous

Night Caches

We are night shifters and often are up and around when others are asleep, lol. It would be awesome if an "available 24/7, or night" option was available to slim down the cache list on our after hours hunting. Now we go through each listing 1 by 1 which takes a lot of time and less smiley's for the day. Just a thought....

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Miscellaneous

CAM Caches in Annual Awards

Whether or not to include the CAM caches in the annual awards is an issue that has many supporters on either side.

Instead of the core deciding whether or not to include CAM caches in the annual awards or not, we think it should go up to a vote of the membership.

This could be either done through the forums(announcement with instructions to email vote or poll) or to get a larger percentage of votes have a poll... more »

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Miscellaneous

Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA Geotrail

Since the MML, CJS, and SSB trails were such a big hits -- I was wondering if there are plans for another multi-state geotrail. The National Park service recently just made a new Heritage Area with locations in PA, MD, VA, WV -- includes 9 presidential homes, civil war battle fields, museums, historical sites and towns. And with the 150 anniversary of the civil war it would be good timing for a new historic themed geo-... more »

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Organization

Cache hunts

It would be nice to have a section of the forums devoted to organizing cache hunts. Several caching organizations have weekly group cache hunts where a time and place is posted and then anyone can come and join in. It would be great to see Maryland embrace the concept too.

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Organization

MDGPS "business" cards or pathtag

Whenever I meet a beginning geocacher while out in the field I ask them if they are aware of MGS and I described the many great things our group does. I suggest that they check out our website. It occurred to me today after one of several such encounters that it would be really great to have some sort of flashy, official promotional item to steer people to our website. Perhaps it could be a business card with the URL... more »
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Align officers term with CAM

CAM is such a major force within the MGS and I have noticed that there are conflicts with leaving officers verses new officers. At times there has been criticism by the community during the CAM picnic directed at the current officers and they might have had nothing to do with those issues. I think it would be good to line up the officers term so the officers own CAM from start to finish. The term could run July 1 to June... more »