The Keepers of the Order of the BFL have returned for our eight annual night caching event, held near Toronto.
This year, we are holding the event on Saturday, November 9.
As usual, we have an evening full of mischief planned, and we're sure you'll enjoy it.
About the Keepers of the Order of the BFL
The Keepers of the Order of the BFL, or "BFL Crew", are a group of geocachers who head out geocaching every Friday night - year round. We specialize in caching after dark, and we don't let the longer nights of winter slow down our caching adventures one bit. As winter gets near, we get together and host our annual night caching event - usually timed around the end of Daylight Savings Time.
About the Event
Join us for an evening of mayhem as the BFL Crew prepares another round of fun after the sun goes down.
After the launch kits are handed out, the BFL Crew will move to the Command Centre - which is at the posted co-ordinates for this event cache listing. We will have people here throughout the night and we plan to have hot chocolate to serve up. This is a location where you will be able to stop and chat, hang out, get help for the event caches or drop in. The event logbook will be located here, and this is where your "smiley" is earned. We will have a campfire going from 9pm to 4am at the command centre and camping is available this year as well. Watch for additional activities during the night.
During the weeks leading up to the event, the BFL Crew will be setting up various creative night themed caches, in cooperation with Toronto Region Conservation Authority. These will be available for you to visit, starting on the event night. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to night caching if you have not cached after dark before; hook up with a group and head out into the dark. Group caching at night is far less intimidating than caching solo at night.
The schedule for the command centre will be posted on our Facebook page for the event.
Where is the event?
We are excited this year to announce a new location for the event. We have partnered with Toronto Region Conservation Authority and are pleased to be holding the core event activities at Albion Hills Conservation Area. Please note there is an admission fee for this park. The command centre will have a campfire going during the night and camping is available if you want to call it an early night or get some sleep before driving home.
Additional details about admission fees, camping and the dinner get together will be available on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bflbootcamp) once we've hammered out those details.
Who is involved?
This year's BFL is being hosted by
What should I bring?
First and foremost: Be prepared for the weather. We have had nice calm, cool, clear nights for the event. We've also had major winter storms with sleet, freezing rain and tree-toppling winds. You must dress warm enough for a early November night and YOU are responsible for choosing what conditions you are comfortable caching in.
Bring a flashlight, and extra batteries. An LED headlamp is recommended, and a BFL is a good second light
Bring your GPS
A good pen or two
Bring your cellular phone. Coverage is generally good around this year's event location
If you are camping, please note:
We do not have electrical sites.
Where do I get a Launch Kit? GPX File?
The BFL Boot Camp Illumin8 caches follow our annual tradition - None of the event cache details are revealed before the start of the event.
We will have "launch kits" available at the Command Centre - after 9:00 pm (posted co-ordinates for this event cache).
We will not be offering a GPX file for the event caches.
The caches should be published shortly after the event starts, so those of you bringing mobile devices (iPhone, Internet key) should be able to access the cache information via normal methods - you'll just have to wait until these caches are published.
The launch kit will also be available in PDF form at our website http://www.torontogeocaching.com/bfl-boot-camp/ starting at 8:30pm on the event night.
Remember, hunting the event caches is optional (but fun!).
Mother nature is well known for changing her mind about the weather in Autumn. We have experienced pleasant cool autumn nights, and we've also had full on winter storm conditions - snow, sleet, rain, wind. It is up to you to be prepared for the weather conditions.
You should check the link below for planning your outing.
We recommend a layered approach to dressing for the event. Remember, you will get warm while hiking and cool off when standing still.
Environment Canada Weather
Please contact me (northernpenguin) through my user profile, or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bflbootcamp if you have more questions.