Souvenirs, badges, and icons
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Geocaching souvenirs, badges, and trackable icons

Souvenirs, badges, and icons
Souvenirs, badges, and icons

Do you know the difference between geocaching souvenirs, badges, and icons? They’re all virtual pieces of art for geocachers to earn, collect, and show off. However, each serves a different purpose in different parts of your Geocaching profile.

  • Souvenirs — where or when you cache
  • Badges — what you accomplish
  • Icons — trackables you move or discover

Let’s break it down.

Souvenirs — where or when you cache

Geocaching souvenirs on a profile
Geocaching souvenirs on a profile

Souvenirs are similar to stickers on a suitcase when traveling around the world. They’re generally awarded for caching in a particular location or on a particular date.

Location: If you find a geocache or attend an event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, you will receive the Alberta province and Canada country souvenir.

Alberta province souvenir and Canada souvenir
Alberta province souvenir and Canada souvenir

Date: If you log a geocache or attend an event on a special day, such as International Geocaching Day, you will receive the International Geocaching Day souvenir.

International Geocaching Day 2017 souvenir
International Geocaching Day 2017 souvenir

Some souvenirs are awarded for logging a particular cache type during a specific time period. For example, you may earn a souvenir for attending or hosting a Geocaching International Film Festival event during GIFF week. However, if you log a Mystery Cache during that time, you will increase your find count, but you will not earn a GIFF souvenir.

Geocaching International Film Festival 2017 souvenir
Geocaching International Film Festival 2017 souvenir


Badges — what you accomplish

Geocaching badges on a profile
Geocaching badges on a profile

Badges are associated with statistics or completing specific tasks such as:

  • Number of consecutive finds (365 in one year)
  • Milestones (finding 500 geocaches)
  • Number of caches owned (10 caches)
  • Number of trackables moved/discovered

Badges are manually added to a geocacher’s profile page with HTML code provided by third-party sites such as Project-GC.com or BadgeGen.com. Occasionally, badges are awarded by Geocaching.com, such as the case of the Haunted Hides badge.

Here are examples of badges from BadgeGen:

Geocaching badge from BadgeGen
Geocaching badge from BadgeGen

 

Icons — trackables you move or discover

Icons on a profile
Icons on a profile

Icons are associated with trackable items.

Icons
Icons

Whatever your geocaching style, earning and displaying souvenirs, badges, and icons adds an additional layer of fun and motivation for geocaches. How do you show off your geo-accomplishments?

 

Janelle
Kind to animals. Loved by children. Excels at DNFs.