What is the Blitz?
The BCGA Cache Blitz is a way to dust off the winter cobwebs and get out caching. Between May 15th and August 6th, the BCGA is encouraging people to hide and seek and vote on their favourite Blitz caches. The Blitz will culminate with several events scheduled across the province in mid-August where you can meet local cachers and discuss some of those great new caches you visited.
Prizes Prizes Prizes!!!
Certificates and prizes will be awarded at the wrap-up events for the best cache placements. Like previous years the BCGA is stressing quality over quantity. This is your chance to showcase your best, cleverest, devious, ingenious . . . you get it. There is no prize for most cache placements. You will have a better chance of winning by placing one great cache rather than several mediocre ones. Finders should walk away with only one impression - WOW!
Although the BCGA will be supplying several prizes, we depend heavily on the support of the geocaching public. Prize donations are greatly appreciated. Please contact your local representative if you plan on bringing a prize to your local event.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories which may
Camouflage / Disguise -- These caches are basically out in the open but so well camouflaged they are virtually indistinguishable from their surroundings. Whether placed in the forest, a city park or on a park bench, a cache that blends in well with its environment is always a challenge and the most fun to find.
Innovation -- This category pertains to interesting ideas. People who placed the winning cache in this category truly thought outside the box when placing the cache. This category may include recent innovations in geocaching such as fire tack night caches or any new idea that makes the caching experience unique and enjoyable.
Hike / View / Scenery -- Was there an adventure in store on the way to the cache? A pleasant walk or a fulfilling hike is big part of the outdoor experience. Sometimes we stumble upon that perfect spot. A waterfall, a garden, a mountain top view, or an area so pleasant it beckons us to stay. Show us your spots.
Educational Spot / Environmental Awareness -- British Columbia is rich with history, both natural and human. This category is dedicated to telling the story behind the area where the cache is placed. Earthcaches belong in this category. Geocachers can play a positive role by being more environmentally aware. Taking a bus, teaching people how to reduce carbon emissions, creating a puzzle that explains some of the lesser-known ways to reduce greenhouse gasses, teaching people about the flowers in a park... these are all ways that we can increase environmental awareness among geocachers. This category is dedicated to making geocachers more aware of the world around them and their role in protecting our planet.
Cache Page Creativity -- Finding a puzzle geocache takes just as much time at the computer as out in the field. A creative web page adds to the overall experience.
Puzzle Cache -- It's never easy to come up with a perfect cache puzzle. Some puzzles can be done at home while others have to be solved in the field. The best puzzles offer a challenge while still allowing the "average" cacher the opportunity to solve it.
Night Cache -- A good night cache takes careful planning. Strategically placed reflectors and a fun adventure can turn the woods into a wonderful night time playground. Rate your evening's adventure here.
Series -- A single cache is great, but sometimes a series of related caches take the experience to the next level.
Overall -- This category goes to your top pick for best cache.
Prizes for Voting - - This year a cacher will receive an entry into a random prize draw for each cache they have voted for. The more caches you vote for, the better your chances of winning.
Certificates will be awarded at the events to the winners of each category, with an award to the overall winner in the province. Each winner will then pick a prize from the prize table. Anyone with two or more categories won will have the first pick (however only one pick) from the selection of prizes with the remaining items becoming door prizes for event attendees.
How do I enter my cache in the Blitz?
The BCGA Cache Blitz is open to all cachers across the province. Simply place "B12:" at the beginning of your cache name for automatic inclusion. Detailed instructions can be found HERE. Please read the instructions carefully. Voting procedures can also be found on the instructions page.
Random Blitz Rules worth posting:
- You can not vote for your own cache
- You must have visited and logged a cache in order to vote for it. Blitz organizers reserve the right to remove votes that are made by people that have not visited a cache.
- Micros are not allowed, unless they are a stage of a multi cache, or if they are part of a much larger cache "container".
- BCGA Directors can participate in the Blitz but will not collect prizes... instead, if a director's cache is selected as a prize winner, the runner up will be awarded the prize.
- Earth Caches are permitted.
- Whereigo caches are permitted as long as they finish with a real cache... (this is normal for a Whereigo cache anyways)
- With respect to rules and judging, all decisions made by the Blitz organizers will be final.
- All Blitz caches must be published between noon on May 15th and midnight on July 2nd. Caches published outside of those dates will not be included. Make sure you submit your cache for publication as soon as possible to give the reviewer enough time to publish your cache
- The voting period will run until midnight on August 6th.
It is our hope that this will be the most successful Blitz to
date. We encourage geocachers across British Columbia to think outside the box when planning their cache hides. Think creatively, respect the environment, and play safe. Good luck to everyone... Start hiding and HAVE FUN!