View Poll Results: Would you like to see an Arkansas Geocacher Awards event?

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Thread: Gauging interest in a possible event. Please vote!

  1. #11
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    Oh, by the way, I'm all for this and have voted as such! Just not as a ArkGeo event. Wanted that to be noted.

  2. #12
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    Our peers in Houston have done awards for a while. When dcwalker30 brought it up to me, I remembered running across the award banner on a couple of caches. I actually used their awards to help me plan a caching day. It was pretty awesome as a visitor to the area to have some local advice available through their awards.

    I would suggest this info as a starting place for a how-to:

    http://hgcs.org/index.php?/topic/711...d-information/

    Also, I had suggested to dcwalker30 that maybe we should also have a Cache Hall of Fame to go along with the yearly awards. We could even use the favorite points as criteria, e.g. if a cache has at least X favorite points, or has at least 5 premium member finds and a favorite point ratio of XX%, it is entered in the HOF.

  3. #13
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    This used to be done in San Antonio too. The problem with trying to do it statewide is that not many people from Little Rock are familiar with the caches that have been placed in Rogers and vice versa. I would suggest you do it on your own area and see how that goes.

  4. #14
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    TnT, I think I agree. I'm not sure how you could expect the average cacher to know all the caches in the state. It's just too large an area. That brings it to the question of whether the smaller areas have enough caches and active cachers to justify the concept. An area like Houston or San Antonio has a lot more resources to draw on than Little Rock.

  5. #15
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    if you look at the link silverjedi provided the Houston area did a county list that would apply. we could do regional. like cage could have a nomination then swag and so on.....
    I use multi-billion dollar military satellites to find Tupperware in the woods, what your hobby?

  6. #16
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    Yes, Houston did a list of counties, which are the counties surrounding Houston. Again, making it a regional award. While I do think awards for this are great, they should be area specific. Yes, CAGE could do some, SWAG could do some, etc. But, other than your peers recognizing you in a formal setting, I think that making good use of your favorite points will achieve the same purpose. Personally, We don't give a favorite point unless a cache is very much above average. Probably why we still have well over 300 favorite points un-awarded, LOL.

    Don't give up on your idea, but I think you should try to sell it to your local cachers. I just don't think it would work on a statewide basis.

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by paris1time View Post
    I think this could be done in conjunction with the "Annual Meeting" event. I think the hard part would be working out the rules and details. ArkGeo members only eligible?? I think only ArkGeo members should be allowed to vote. I think that the voting system used to hold the elections could be used to allow ArkGeo members to vote on the different categories.
    I like the idea of having it during/part of the festivities of the annual meeting, but I don't know about isolating it to members only. I like the idea of having "everyone" involved. Thought would need to be given to the process of nomination of the logs/caches.

    I think the voting would be good to do at the meeting.

    But the prizes... They need to be some cool stuff. Ideas to that... um.... nope!!!! I'll work on it...

    But I love this idea!

    Morgan
    "drmo913"

  8. #18
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    If I'm hosting (read: funding) the event, it would NOT be members only. ArkGeo is a fun group to bounce ideas off of and share stories with, but there's no way I'd limit a Geocaching Awards event to ArkGeo members only. As it stands. 16 Yeas and 5 Nays means this event probably won't happen. If the voting on the poll (Facebook was even fewer with some assumed doubles) is any indication as to how many nominations and votes we'd get, that's not a very large pool of contributors to make an award feel special. You could essentially win an award with 5 votes. That wouldn't be much fun. I'll keep putting the bug in everyone's ear though Maybe eventually we could spark enough interest in it to get something like 50 voters.
    title=The Daily Cacher:  Awarded for having 7 or more consecutive days with finds  |  dcwalker30 has 366 and needs 0 to go up a leveltitle=The Calendar Cacher:  Awarded for having found a cache on 100 or more different dates  |  dcwalker30 has 366 and needs 0 to go up a leveltitle=The Author:  Awarded for having an average log length of 30 words  |  dcwalker30 has approximately 150 words/log and needs 0 to go up a leveltitle=The Busy Cacher:  Awarded for finding 20 or more caches in a single day  |  dcwalker30 has 124 and needs 180 to go up a leveltitle=The Brainiac:  Awarded for finding 2 or more Difficulty 5 caches  |  dcwalker30 has 12 and needs 3 to go up a leveltitle=The Long-Distance Cacher:  Awarded for finding a cache at least 1000 km from home  |  dcwalker30 has geocached 2089km from home and needs to geocache 2900km to go up a leveltitle=The Matrix Cacher:  Awarded for finding 20 caches with unique Difficulty/Terrain ratings  |  dcwalker30 has 49 and needs 1 to go up a leveltitle=The United States Cacher:  Awarded for finding caches in a percentage of states in United States  |  dcwalker30 has 20% (10 of 50 states) and needs 10% more to go up a leveltitle=The Micro Cacher:  Awarded for finding 200 or more micro sized cache containers  |  dcwalker30 has 497 and needs 3 to go up a leveltitle=The Geocacher:  Awarded for finding 500 or more geocaches (any type)  |  dcwalker30 has 735 and needs 265 to go up a leveltitle=The Traditional Cacher:  Awarded for finding 400 or more Traditional type caches  |  dcwalker30 has 683 and needs 317 to go up a leveltitle=The Large Cacher:  Awarded for finding 3 or more large sized cache containers  |  dcwalker30 has 4 and needs 6 to go up a leveltitle=The Caching Veteran:  Awarded for finding a cache in 3 different years  |  dcwalker30 has 3 and needs 1 to go up a leveltitle=The Shutterbug:  Awarded for a photo gallery count of 50 or more photos  |  dcwalker30 has 56 and needs 19 to go up a leveltitle=The Travel Bug:  Awarded for moving/discovering 50 Travel Bugs  |  dcwalker30 has 77 and needs 23 to go up a level

  9. #19
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    There are some caches or cachers that went above and beyond or who have an epic tale of getting there that should be mentioned somewhere and somehow. Even though, if it was statewide, the population around caching centers would be where the votes would come from. But it would also help those who are father away to put a "hot" cache on their radar before something happens to it. I have "saved" caches for another time when I had more time to do them or something only to find that they would be gone next time I came through. A couple examples was the Tool Man cache Series in Glenwood, EVERYONE that done that cache said it was great and fun and now my kiddos are old enough to enjoy it. Another one was the Infamous Travel Bug Prison that was hidden in a cave. We have not had alot of "caching adventures" lately because of our little one, but we used to always get ourselves into a pickle finding a cache or two.

    For the persistent cacher type award, there are so many tales that we hear around meet-n-eats and on the logs that I'm surprised some cachers don't take out extra insurance for their hobby. We have also came across some great accidental find logs that completely make you laugh! These types of logs will never be on the website as the person just stumbled upon it and actually wrote in the log book. Which is another thing we miss reading actual logs that people write in a cache but then again it has been awhile since we were somewhere for a cacher to have something noteworthy to write. Our first caches as new cachers, our first "race" to get First to finds (beating out ORR and RKLMBL and someone else too), and still remain some of our favorite to venture out and find are Saddlebags up in the Ozark National Forests. I'm not sure if she has been recognized as placing quality caches away from the city in areas where there is no cell phone signal...I always think those are the types of caches geocaching was created for. The caches that take you to a pristine overlook, a hidden waterfall, a long windy dirt road, a forgotten grave yard, etc. Her caches capture the adventure for geocaching for us and she had to put up with the NFS to do it all.

    I think on a state wide level, we could find some common ground to have easy votes for like "most awesome cache", "most difficult", "best puzzle", "best log", etc...basically we nominate caches. Then those who have not found it can go and find it, read it, review it, etc and either vote or award those points that we never do anything with. In the course of 6mo or a year I think we would have enough info to tally up what was a clear winner.

    Sorry for the long post.


    Crow Mountain Crafts FB Page

  10. #20
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    what if smaller groups that are underling support for ARKGEO had a nomination process for the finals then there could be a voting for the nominations.
    I use multi-billion dollar military satellites to find Tupperware in the woods, what your hobby?

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