Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 18, 2012

Geocaching at the 2012 Olympic Games

The world’s attention turns to London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and geocaching will be there. Geocaches within one mile of the Olympic venues have been temporarily disabled out of an abundance of caution. However, geocaching will still help guide tourists and locals to reveal the rich history of the Olympics in London. New geocaches have been hidden at five key locations, outside the current Olympic venue zones. The locations are related to the 1908, 1948, and 2012 Olympic Games.

These geocaches are part of the Discovering Places “Culture Caching” project. Discovering Places is the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire the UK to discover their locally built, historic and natural environments. It is delivered on behalf of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by The Heritage Alliance.

Geocachers headed to London for the Olympics can also select great caches from this bookmark list, which features 40 geocaches located at heritage sites around the UK.

You Refer a Friend, Groundspeak Donates $1 to Charity


July is the perfect month to introduce a friend to geocaching. You can open a world of adventure to a new geocacher and help raise money for two worthy causes. Through July 30, 2012, for each new member that you refer to, we’ll donate $1 to charity. Take your friends out on the trail with you, send them the “tell a friend” email, share geocaching on your social network or shout about it from rooftops. The more people you refer, the more those in need receive, up to a total of $10,000 USD!

Please note that your friend needs to create an account (Basic or Premium), fill in the “referred by” field on the account creation page, and log at least one cache between July 1 and July 30 to count as a referral! Check out our blog for more details. So far this month, you’ve raised more than $3,500. This year, the money will be split evenly between and the Special Olympics.