Saturday, September 9, 2017
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WA Goes BIG in 2017
Gary Holland Community Centre
19 Kent St, Rockingham WA
9 - 10 September 2017
The aim of this weekend is to socialise with like-minded geocachers, sharing all of our tips, tricks and stories.
Over the course of the weekend, we will all be able to meet up with old friends and make lots of new friends too.
The weather can be a bit fickle at this time of year, but just to be sure, the main hall and meeting rooms have been booked for some of the games and information sessions that are being scheduled over the weekend.
What to expect??
It's all about fun and socialising, so come along and enjoy:
- FUN/ FUN/ FUN
- Geocaching Games
- Geocaching Information Sessions
- Beginner FAQ’s and Question Sessions
- Time to chat and catch up with Geo Friends
- Puzzle solving Techniques/ Tips
This is a FREE event although you will be REQUIRED to wear your team’s NAME TAG to access the event. Hint: Don't leave it until the last moment to make your name tag as there will be prizes awarded for the most creative name tags. (Your team name is is your geocaching username, and your team is the people that use the login, including the geo-kids!)
Where to stay??
You are obviously free to stay anywhere you choose and a variety of accommodation is available around the Rockingham/Kwinana area.
We highly recommend that you do try and stay somewhere local overnight and enjoy the social scene after hours. There are many food outlets close by too, so you should not have to venture too far from the festivities to feed your hungry hordes.
What do you do from here?
Well, you need to plan to be there for starters.
Start talking to family and friends - spread the word.
We had 125 teams attend WA Goes BIG in 2013, followed by 128 teams at WA Goes BIG in 2015 (BUT a lot more people!), and then a whopping 183 teams at WA Goes BIG in 2016. So of course we are planning on it being as BIG, if not BIGGER. Click on the links below to view the 2013 and 2015 listings and check out the logs and photos. That should definitely inspire you to get your act together and start making plans.
WA Goes BIG in 2013
WA Goes BIG in 2015
WA Goes BIG in 2016
FYI: Having to work is not an acceptable reason for not coming. You just have to plan some leave time OR swap days off if you work weekends or shiftwork. So once you have minor detail organized, you then need to do a couple more things.
What to do next:
Your “Will Attend” log should include and the total number of people from each team attending. THE MORE, THE MERRIER!! Truth be told, by hosting the event so close to Perth, we are hoping to at least double (triple??) the number of teams attending.
Also, it would be most helpful to us if you could let us know how many Geo-Juniors will be coming as we are trying to plan lots of activities to keep them entertained, apart from all the attractions and activities that are available nearby.
When you log "Will Attend" you will automatically get any updates from us on the cache page. You don’t need to "watch" the listing unless you want to see who else is planning to come to the event.
Between now and the event, the West Oz Geocaching committee will be working feverishly, trying to fit all our ideas into a timetable of the weekend's activities. The link below will take you to the West Oz Geocaching website and a preliminary timetable of events to help you plan your activities over the weekend.
WAGB 2017 Timetable of Activities
We are organizing a number of presentations, and "power classes", that will be beneficial to new cachers and old cachers alike. Come and have a listen as fellow cachers give you some insights and tips and you can ask some of those difficult questions.
This event page will be kept up-to-date with the latest and greatest details but if you have any questions then let us know.
For more helpful information about this event, including the Travel Bug Race, or any other geocaching related information, just go to our website. Clicking on the image below will take you directly to the Travel Bug Race page where you can track yours and your competitions progress.
If you'd like to be part of the team that plans WA Goes Big 2017, if you've got a great idea to share or if you'd like to volunteer your time or experience, we'd love to hear from you!
You can get in touch the the West Oz Geocaching Committee by sending us an email, or in person at any of our West Oz geocaching events.
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