Introducing Signal’s Labyrinth

Here at Geocaching HQ, it’s not uncommon to hear the question “where in the world is Signal the Frog®?” The only trouble this time is, we don’t know. Last we heard, Signal was seen headed toward a magical and mysterious land in search of inspiration for a new geocache. What our favorite mascot didn’t realize is the secrets of this place are hidden in a series of labyrinths that are way too easy to get lost in! Can you help Signal evade danger and navigate the mazes? Starting April 4, 2022, find geocaches, Adventures, and mysterious bonus items to earn new souvenirs and help Signal make it back to HQ.

Over the next 12 months, geocachers have the chance to earn 2 souvenirs every 2 months for Signal’s Labyrinth as they help Signal escape from 6 different labyrinths. Players who earn all 12 souvenirs for the different labyrinths will earn an additional meta souvenir. The challenge begins with the first labyrinth, the enchanted forest.

How to play

From Monday April 4, 2022 at noon UTC until April 3, 2023 at noon UTC, collect leaderboard points by geocaching and finding special bonus items that are revealed when you log geocaches. Every two months of the challenge, Signal must escape a different labyrinth to get closer back to headquarters. The leaderboard will reset on the first Monday of the month every two months when we move on to the next maze. You must reach 50 points on your leaderboard to earn the first souvenir for every labyrinth and 500 points for the second souvenir.

How can I earn points?

Every two months we change the point values for different types of finds when Signal starts to enter a new labyrinth. We will share the new set of values the Tuesday before the leaderboard resets.

Here are the point values for the labyrinth in the enchanted forest:

Found an Adventure Lab Cache (Adventure Location) 10
Found a cache with 10+ Favorite points 20
Found a Multi-Cache 25
Found a Mystery Cache 25
Found a Signal’s Labyrinth item 60
Found it* 15

*Log a Found it on any other cache type

The maximum number of points you can earn for any cache log is 85 points.

What are the souvenirs I can earn?

There will be 2 available souvenirs for each of the 6 labyrinths. Players who earn all 12 souvenirs for the different labyrinths will earn an additional meta souvenir.*

The first two souvenirs are:
Signal’s Labyrinth: The forest
Signal’s Labyrinth: You escaped the forest

*You have to earn all previous souvenirs in order to collect the bonus souvenir.

Where can I see my souvenirs?

As soon as you collect the minimum number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile on Geocaching.com and in the Geocaching® app under the souvenir tab.

How often will the leaderboard reset for this challenge?

The Signal’s Labyrinth leaderboard will reset every two months at noon UTC on the first Monday of the month. Signal’s Labyrinth will end at noon UTC on April 3, 2023. This means that the leaderboard will reset to zero on the following dates for Signal’s Labyrinth:

  • June 6, 2022 at noon UTC
  • August 1, 2022 at noon UTC
  • October 3, 2022 at noon UTC
  • December 5, 2022 at noon UTC
  • February 6, 2023 at noon UTC

Can I still earn the bonus souvenir if I start after the first labyrinth resets?

No. To earn the bonus souvenir, you must earn all 12 labyrinth souvenirs. It is not possible to complete past labyrinths after the leaderboard resets.

Can I join the challenge at any time?

Yes! The challenge is ongoing from April 4, 2022 at noon UTC until April 3, 2023 at noon UTC. Cachers who join in the challenge after it begins will only be able to earn souvenirs for active labyrinths and not those that Signal has already escaped.

What are the special bonus items that are revealed by logging geocaches, and how can I find them?

Each of the six labyrinths has a special bonus item associated with it that will help Signal move through that maze. For example, the item for the first labyrinth, the enchanted forest, is a glowing firefly that helps brighten the path for Signal to escape. There is no way to specifically search for these hidden items, but every time you log a geocache, you will have a chance of finding one. When you do find one and you log your find in the app, you will see a banner message in the app, similar to the message that appears when you earn a souvenir. These items award bonus leaderboard points that add on to the points you earn for logging the geocache.

Where can I see the different labyrinths?

You can see the active labyrinth in the app and on the website. You can watch Signal move through the labyrinth as you earn more points on your leaderboard. In the Geocaching® mobile app, go to your profile and tap on Signal’s Labyrinth to see Signal’s progress moving through each labyrinth. To see Signal’s progress on the website, go to your dashboard and click on “Signal’s Labyrinth” on the section between the “View profile” button and “Your lists”.

How do I find Adventures?

Download the Adventure Lab® app for Android or iOS and start playing!

  • Open the app, go to your profile, and log in with your Geocaching account.
  • Select a nearby Adventure from the map or the directory list. Read the description to learn more.
  • Tap Start and navigate to the nearest available Location.
  • Follow the instructions in the description. Find and enter the Location answer.
  • After submitting the correct answer, you earn an Adventure Lab Cache find for your geocaching statistics and points on your leaderboard.
  • Visit and enter the solution for each Location to complete the Adventure. Be sure to rate it and share your experience!

Are Adventure Labs in the Geocaching® app?

Yes! Premium members can see Adventure Lab pins on the Geocaching® app map.

Is this leaderboard challenge in the Geocaching® app and the Adventure Lab® app?

Geocaching® app: Signal’s Labyrinth will be in the Geocaching® app at the beginning of the challenge on April 4, and will be accessible until April 3, 2023 at noon UTC. Go to your profile and tap on Signal’s Labyrinth to see your progress in the Geocaching® app.

Adventure Lab® app: The challenge and your souvenirs are not accessible in the Adventure Lab app at this time, however the Geocaching Leaderboard will still reflect points for completed Adventure Locations.

My points aren’t adding up correctly, help!

  • If you change a Write Note, DNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized for Signal’s Labyrinth.
  • You may have logged on before the challenge started at noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC—which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight. Otherwise, the points will not count for the first week.
  • You saved a Draft on the Monday before the challenge for that labyrinth began at noon UTC.

If you have already posted your logs, you can delete your log and then post a new one to have your points count towards Signal’s Labyrinth. To delete your log follow these steps:

  • Go to Your Geocaching Logs on Geocaching.com.
  • Select “View Log” or “View / Edit Log / Images.” On the log page, select the “Delete Log” trashcan. Select “Yes” to confirm.

*At this time, you can only edit or delete your logs on Geocaching.com, not in the Geocaching® app.

What does UTC stand for?

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.

Genevieve is a Marketing Associate at Geocaching HQ.