By: The Podcachers
Your geocaching schedule should be packed as we enter the busy season, but everyone has 15 minutes to create an amazing Geocaching memory. The WWFM X (World Wide Flash Mob #10) is coming to a location near you. Nearly 400 events in more than 30 countries will take place on May 4, 2013.
Thousands of geocachers are anticipating the 15 minutes of fun from this global event. It’s coming up quick, but there’s still time for you to plan your own WWFM event. The WWFM events are 15 minutes of fun and excitement, packed with “typical” geocaching event activities like group photos, tiny event meals, prize giveaways and trackable trading.
The World Wide Flash Mob was born back in May 2007 when Sonny and Sandy of the PodCacher podcast hosted the PodCacher Flash Mob Cache Event, coordinated with 20 other events on the same day and time. From that small beginning, the WWFM has grown astronomically spreading around the globe to include more geocachers and more events every year. The previous WWFM IX held in June, 2012 brought together 15,487 geocachers at 312 events in 31 countries. This year is the milestone 10th WWFM and it is expected to be even bigger. With about three weeks left to go before May 4th, there are already 396 events posted in 31 countries.
WWFM events have come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny to enormous. And they’ve been held in all sorts of locations, from the cold of Alaska to the desert of Iraq and from downtown Zürich, Switzerland to a small town in Peru. WWFM events have been held in 50 countries and almost every single US state and Canadian province. It’s hard to say what is so appealing about a worldwide geocaching flash mob. Maybe its the sense of community and knowing that geocachers all around the world are having the same fun and hilarity at the same time. Maybe it’s having a lightning fast, organized-chaos event that happens in public and shows the muggle bystanders the fun and creative people who count themselves as geocachers.
The unique and creative twists that WWFM event hosts have added are endless. There have been water gun fights, bubble blowing, kazoo bands, banana-phones, a prom theme, chicken dances, umbrellas, frozen-turkey bowling and more!
This year for WWFM X, many events are planning Star Wars themed activities, based on the date of May 4th (“May the Fourth be with you!”). It’s a good fit, since many geocachers know that using their Geo-Jedi sense is the best way to find those tricky geocaches!
WWFM events are a fun, friendly and creative way to promote geocaching around the world. If you want to attend a WWFM X event near you, you can browse the bookmark list or check out the Geocaching.com event calendar for the date of May 4th.
If you would like to host a WWFM X event, you can find all the information you need at the Official WWFM Website. But you’ll need to hurry! Events must be published 2 weeks prior to the event date and you’ll need to make sure your local geocaching community volunteer reviewer has enough time to review and publish your event.
Come and FLASH (mob) with us—and May the Fourth be with you in all your geocaching endeavors.