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Hidden : Friday, 06 October 2017
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ASSIGNMENT: Receive briefing on Covert Action Training (C.A.T.) Challenge 

LOCATION: Geocaching Protective Service (G.P.S.) Training Facility

GCC Task Force Training Instructor: What's good to the last drop?
Agent: A skinny decaf latte.

BACKGROUND: First things first: Coffee Break! After you are all awake and have socialized for a bit, the GCC Task Force Training Instructor will go over the requirements for the C.A.T. Challenge and hand out the geocache and activity coordinates along with corresponding point values. One C.A.T. Challenge Dossier is included in each paid Registration Package. Dossiers can also be obtained in the Going Caching 2017 online store and are limited to one per person. This year, you choose which geocaches and activities you wish to complete. Each will have a point value associated with its difficulty. Stamp your dossier at a few difficult caches and activities or a whole lot of easier ones to accumulate enough points to earn a C.A.T. Challenge collectable tag. Continue on your training, earn more points and qualify for a trackable C.A.T. Challenge geocoin. You have until Saturday, October 7th 2:30pm to complete your training, present your dossier and receive your geocoin and/or tag. All G.P.S. agents are welcome to find and log the geocaches, but you will need a C.A.T. Challenge dossier to qualify for the collectable tag and trackable geocoin.

Attention agents who plan to participate in the C.A.T. Challenge! You will need access to the following spy tools of the trade:

1) Tweezers
2) Mirror (preferably on a stick although not required)
3) 6-foot pole (a ladder would completely blow your cover. A convenient stick/limb might work)
4) Ultra-violet light
5) Magnifying glass (zooming with your phone camera could possibly work)
6) Strong magnet on a string
7) Jumper cables and 12 volt power source (resourceful agents might use speaker wire and their car battery)
8) Water (if you get thirsty bring extra)
9) FM radio (automobile works fine)
10) Special Item: Free Google Translate app will come in mighty handy

If you are unable to requisition these items, the GCC Task Force recommends you form alliances with other agents who are in possession of these tools of the trade. Cooperation is highly encouraged. Directors and Co-Directors have already requisitioned these items in their field packages (no FM radio).



6:00pm to 8:00pm - Spyware & Gear Requisition (GC77NR1)


11:00am to 11:30am - Save Geocaching! Rally and Flash Mob (GC77NR5)

12:00pm to 1:30pm - Package Pick-up at the Desoto Theatre (N34 15.356 W85 10.160)

7:00pm to 9:30pm - Secret Agent Dead-Drop Swap & Spy Games (GC77NR8)


9:00am to 11:00am - Covert Action Training (C.A.T.) Challenge Coffee Break (GC77NR9)

6:00pm to 9:30pm - The Adventures of Skyler West: A Spy Story (GC77NRA)
(Food trucks and Vendors 6:00pm-7:30pm. Stage Show starts at 8:00pm)


9am to 5pm - Going Caching 2017: Spy Games Mega-Event (GC6VT45)

9:00am to 3:30pm - Vendor Booths open

11:30pm to 1:00pm - Lunch (food trucks in the park)

1:15pm to 2:15pm - Geocaching 411: Top Secret Puzzle Solving Techniques

3:45pm - Mega Group Photo

4:00pm to 5:00pm - Announcements, Awards and Prizes

7:30pm to 10:00pm - Spies Like Us: Block Party (GC77NRB)


9:00am to 10:30am - Spies Go Home! Farewell Debriefing (GC77NRF)


Going Caching 2017 Pre-Event T-Shirt Puzzle with $100 FTF Prize (starts now!)
Get your hands on this year's pre-event t-shirt then get your brains in high gear to solve a puzzle which leads to a loggable geocache hidden somewhere in Rome, Georgia. Only puzzlers who solve the shirt will know what to do and where to look for the final clue during Going Caching 2017. The final clue, the geocache and the $100 FTF prize can be found beginning Saturday, October 7th. Sorry ... early arriving spies have no advantage on this one. NOTE: Pre-Event t-shirts are still available in our online store but they are going fast. No 2XL shirts left.

Mystery Match Button Contest (Friday evening through Saturday)
A Mystery Match Button is included in every paid registration package. Wear your button while keeping an eye out for another one just like it. After meeting up with your match, both of you come to the Going Caching Store Tent to spin the prize wheel and see what you each win!  

Where in the World is Doctor Muggle? Trading Card Adventure (Friday through Saturday)
Assemble puzzle pieces in your trading card packs to obtain the clues you need to track Dr. Muggle back to his secret lair and foil his dastardly plot to destroy geocaching as we know it. You'll need your Going Caching 2017 secret decoder geocoin and a set of collectable tags, a Spy Games Code Book (program) and a full set of trading card puzzle pieces in order to save the geocaching world. Complete your mission by breaking into Dr. Muggle's office and stopping his diabolical device before it is too late.

Covert Action Training (C.A.T.) Challenge (Friday through Saturday)
Obtain your confidential dossier and intel package and embark on the C.A.T. Challenge where you visit brand new geocaches and other secret locations. You choose which geocaches and adventures to find. A secret agent geocacher's Tools of the Trade Bag will come in handy. Stamp your dossier at a few difficult caches or a whole lot of easier ones to accumulate enough points to earn a collectable C.A.T. Challenge tag. Continue on your adventure and qualify for a very special trackable geocoin. Dossiers are included in each paid registration package and are available separately in our Going Caching Store. One dossier per individual.

Lab Caches (Thursday through Sunday)
Enjoy outside-of-the-box geocaching creations by the Going Caching Crew. Visit the Help Center to learn more about lab caches.


● There is no charge to attend any of the Going Caching 2017 events. Some of the activities during these events do require certain items that can be purchased in our online store.

● Parking is free at Ridge Ferry Park. A special parking permit for an up-close and reserved (just for you) parking spot is included in the Patron-level registration package. Adequate parking for those with official disability vehicle tags or placards will also be available. Please obey all city and county parking regulations as you make your way to find the geocaches.

● Pets are welcome at Going Caching 2017 but must be on a 6' leash at all times. Pets are not permitted in any tents, pavilions, buildings, stage, escape rooms or cooking areas at the event venues. Look for the "Paws Permitted" decal to see which shops and restaurants in town are pet friendly. Please be a good pet owner and clean up after your pet.


Log your "will-attend" early to ensure that you do not miss out on announcements, updates, secret messages and other important secret agent briefings. Also, please register each individual in your party on our website. It matters!

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