WE DID IT AGAIN
BY POPULAR DEMAND, WE RETURNED TO THE SHORES OF LAKE ZOAR FOR THIS TWO-DAY EVENT IN WESTERN CONNECTICUT.
OUT OF AREA AND OUT OF STATE CACHERS WERE WELCOMED FROM AS FAR AS MINNISOTA & PAKISTAN !
SHURE IT RAINED A LITTLE, BUT THINK ABOUT IT... WHAT PERFECT TIMING ! Mother Nature was just letting us know who was boss. But she also let us get through the day right up to the last minutes of the raffle, she let us get through most of our meals and the campfire. I think that's a pretty good deal. (No comments on the overnight sprinlkle.)
AS ALWAYS, WE STRIVE TO GET BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER
JUNE 13-14, 2009
Located in Kettletown State Park, this event is sure to be the biggest ever seen in this area. Bring your canoe or kayak and search for water caches or cross the river and search for caches in Paugussett State Park. There are also caches in nearby Southford Falls State Park, just up the road.
Camp Sites were SOLD OUT, But as always we managed to get everyone in by swapping and sharing sites.
Click here to see the map of the sites compiled by Skippermark
Stay the night in any of the wooded campsites and search for special "Night Caches" (flashlight required) These were a great hit in past years and there should be some really good ones this year. Join with other camping geocachers for campfire comradery.
Bring what you can to share, we have grills going for your use.
RAFFLE - GREAT PRIZES
Garmin Colorado - Won by Chief20R2
2 Delorme Earthmate PN-20 GPS's - (1) Won by MixwithH2O (1) Won by ClimberMom
GMRS Radios and more
NEW GAMES, NEW EVENTS, GREAT CAMPING, GREAT LOCATION, CANOEING
AGAIN THIS YEAR !
MASSIVE BREAKFAST was served to all on Sunday morning at Site #22 by CT A-Team with Bright Parot bringing his fantastic gormet coffee machine.
TEAM SIGN CONTEST. Show your team pride. Make a sign for your campsite to let us know who you are, Awards given.
FIRST PLACE - Bright Parrot
SECOND PLACE - JAMM
THIRD PLACE - A group effort from Mt Man Mike, VolleyballGirl, TwistedT and Anti Outdoor Girl
And an HONORABLE MENTION for Aiden, 6 year old son of Sololumus who colored his sign all week.
BIG CAMPFIRE SAT. NIGHT. We started out with a slide presentation by "Leave No Trace" and carried on with toasting marshmallows and songs by our own Geocaching Band "504" Brightly decorated folks in glow sticks added to the festivities.
FEE STRUCTURE: Pay only to help defray the cost of the event (Adults $3, Kids under 12 $1)
Event fee is for TEAMS logging the event - not per person attending.
Coins, patches, ammo boxes, raffle tickets, etc. will be sold at the Jamboree store.
Please visit this link (bottom of page 4) for links to HOTEL RESERVATIONS in the area for those of you who don't want to camp.
NO CACHER LEFT BEHIND
WATER TAXI SERVICE A special thanks to "Son of a Beach" who offered power boat services throughout the weekend making ot possible for ALL of us to get to those water caches.
CANOE/KAYAK INSTRUCTION "Sam the SoccerDog" and others helped out by offering canoe/kayak lessons and loaners again this year for those of you who wanted to search for them yourselves. A great chance to try a new sport.
NEW THIS YEAR
NAME TAG CONTST: Tired of getting those plastic and paper stick-on name tags that fall off half way through the event? Make your own! Make one that shows your team spirit that you can wear to any event. Stand out in the crowd! Awards given.
Rules? We don't need no stinken rules. Be creative!
FIRST PLACE - Lostboy1966 with his official "Bad Critters Hunting Badge"
SECOND PLACE - VASaturn with a flashing light badge that would make it easy to spot in the dark.
The folks from "Leave No Trace" put on several presentations at the Jamboree that we hope you learned from. Although most of us are very conscious of our environment, we occassionally encounter evidence of those who are not. Leave No Trace promotes awareness of our impact on the environment in many areas that we may not have thought of.
Yes, we had WI-FI AVAILABLE ALL DAY SATURDAY
Sme folks were logging their finds the minute they got there. And we have some ingenious ideas for next year (Thanks to RichNsin). How about sending streaming video of the event to a link back home for those who can't make it? We're working on it. Our WI-FI supplier said we should call it "Geo-streaming" I like it.
Sign in: anytime on Saturday, or catch me at my campsite on Friday night
Fri. Night - Night Caching
Sat. AM.: general caching
11:00 A.M. to Noon - Leave No Trace presentation for kids
Noon - 3:00 P.M. Lunch
3:00 P.M Awards, announcements, etc.
3:30 - 4:30 Leave No Trace presentation for all
Sat. Night: 7:30 P.M. Leave No Trace slide presentation at campfie site
8:00 P.M. Campfire and Night caching
Sunday 8:00 - 10:00 A.M. Breakfast (Site no. 22)
Sunday More caching at your leisure
SPECIAL GPS TEST CACHE
A survey monument has been set in the area with GPS accuracy down to 1 inch so you can test your equipment. The cache is called "This is a Test" GCVR12.
A special thanks goes to our committees and all those who helpd out. This event would not be what it is without them
Travel Bug Committee:Mr Echo
Sign Contest Committee:1NatureMom
Kids Games Committee:Climbermom
Canoe/Kayak Committee: Sam The Soccer Dog
Campfire Committee The Ax CT Trampers and Planet
Registration:Barefoot & LisaS
TOTAL TEAMS ATTENDING = 155
TOTAL PEOPLE ATTENDING = 250
Also check our Geo Jamboree Web Site as well as the Groundspeak forum and the CT forum, for discussion about the event.
The Geo Jamboree web site will have the latest information on food and campsite sharing. See "forums", "Geo Jamboree 7".