Whether you’ve been part of the geocaching community for a long time or just recently found your first geocache, May 22 (and everyday!) is a great day to thank a volunteer. If you’ve found a cache, hidden a cache, used the forums, or used the Geocaching website or app in a language other than English, you’ve benefited from the amazing efforts of the community volunteers.
There are 400+ passionate and dedicated geocaching community members who volunteer behind the scenes. These include reviewers, EarthCache reviewers, translators, and moderators who keep the game in motion all over the world!
Volunteers are often amazing cache owners and Event hosts. They create incredible gadget caches, host regular local gatherings, join Mega-Event planning committees, promote Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) events, or make Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) their life philosophy.
So many geocaching volunteers give to the game every day. Let’s celebrate them, as May 22nd marks the second annual Thank a Volunteer Day in the geocaching world! Here are some ways to show your support every day of the year:
- Send a note to your local reviewers to show your appreciation.
- Contact your regional geocaching organization to thank them for their work.
- Get in touch with cachers who regularly host CITOs and say “Thanks!”
- Thank your favorite cache hider. They are volunteers too!
- If you live in a non-English speaking country, post a thank you note in your local geocaching Facebook page.
- Visit the Geocaching Forums and give a shout out to the forum moderators.
Here is a little more about the different types of Community Volunteers:
Reviewers (including EarthCache reviewers) support cache owners to ensure every geocache follows geocaching and local guidelines. Each geocache you find or hide has received the guidance and support of a community volunteer. EarthCache reviewers also use their expertise in geology to ensure a quality geological learning experience comes with every EarthCache.
Translators translate the website, apps, and other resources into local languages all over the world. If you’re reading this in another language that’s due to the efforts of a translator!
Moderators keep a pulse on the Geocaching Forums by ensuring conversations are helpful, positive, and on-topic.
How have volunteers elevated your geocaching? Let us know in the comments below!