We Have Some aMAZEing News!

Geocaching Victoria is excited to announce that the GPS Adventure Maze will be returning to Victoria really soon, after recently travelling all the way to Townsville in April.

The GPS Maze will make its third appearance at The Whittlesea Event (GC8EW40) on 19th – 20th November 2022 (GC9N1CX).

For those that don’t know, the GPS Adventure Maze Exhibit is a rare event icon that originally appeared in the USA in 2007. The Exhibit, initially hosted by Geocaching HQ, travelled around the USA and Canada until 2015 before being retired. The Czech Geocaching Association were allowed to create their own maze in 2013 and it first appeared in Prague of that year. The Czech maze travelled to the UK and Germany in 2015, back to the Czech Republic in 2017, to Austria in 2018 and Czech Republic in 2022. The Texas Geocaching Association began their own maze in 2019 and appeared in Fort Worth in that year. It has travelled to Georgia, Ohio and Kansas in 2021. Finally, GeoNord are bringing the maze to France for the first time ever in 2022.

This maze, created by Geocaching Victoria, will be the third maze in the southern hemisphere and will make Australia only the 7th country in the world to host a maze.

Want to Attend?

This Adventure Maze Exhibit will be in the Cattle Shed, which is part of the showgrounds at The Whittlesea Event on the weekend of the 19th to 20th of November, 2022. There is disabled access, plenty of parking and restroom facilities. The Adventure Maze Exhibit is totally free to attend and is open to the general public.

Exhibit Hours:

  • Friday 18th – 5pm – 7pm – Special pre-event opening for Foundation Friends of the Maze and VIPs only.
  • Saturday 19th – 9am – 3pm – Open to the public
  • Sunday 20th – 9am – 12pm – Open to the public

We anticipate the highest crowds to be on Saturday morning, so if you can wait, please consider coming on Sunday.

What should you know?

  • Except for the Friday afternoon pre-event for the Foundation Friends of the Maze, entry to the maze is on a first-come-first serve basis.
  • Only a limited number of people can be admitted into the maze at a time.
  • We anticipate the longest lines to be on the Saturday morning and the shortest to be on the Sunday morning.

Log your “will attend now” (GC9N1CX)

aMAZEing Merchandise

We also have a great selection of merchandise available in the shop, so be sure to have a browse and add to your cart.

SHOP LINK IS HERE

Whittlesea Merchandise

And just in case you missed it – we have a great selection of goodies for the Whittlesea Mega as well! Be sure to check it out!

SHOP LINK IS HERE

The Shop is open!! Check out these great products!

Hey Geocachers,

We just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that the shop is now open!! We are just a little excited about the new MEGA offerings we have available. See flyer below.

To order any of these products, please head over to our GVI shop and place your order.

Also don’t forget that this weekend we have our next Ballarat GeoTour – Saturday 18th June – GC9QJK6. – so let us know if you are able to make it.

We still have some GeoTour coins available in our shop too – so while you are checking out your MEGA merchandise, make sure you look at the GeoTour stuff as well!

SHOP LINK IS HERE

PSSSTTTTTTT!!! Did you hear?

With the Mega only 172 days away, we thought it was time to schedule some more MEGA lead up events!

We have two more events that we have scheduled for Saturday 2nd July…

1 – Another scrumptious BBQ Fundraiser at Mernda Bunnings (GC9VC61) and

2 – A super duper CITO (GC9VC6B) organised for those chasing CITO Challenges

Make sure to check the details on our Mega page and if you haven’t yet registered your interest for the Mega GC8EW40 in November, you can do that too!

MEGA News

We are just a little excited to let you know that the Whittlesea Mega is starting to get some momentum. Andrew Howard aka RoamingHowie has graciously accepted the role as Mega Lead and has recently formed a new committee to assist him. On behalf of GVI we send a big thank you to all those who have put their hand up to help and look forward to our next big event. To meet out the new Mega commitee, please follow this link.

If you have not yet registered your interest, please be sure to log it at GC8EW40

We are hoping in coming weeks, we can share information on:

  • camping options
  • lead up events
  • fundraising activities to get involved in
  • Event Program and more…

Please keep an eye on our website for regularly updates.

Thank you – Gemma

Sadly Gemma Siemensma has decided the time has come for her to step back from the GVI Committee to seek further family/ work life balance. That being said, she will continue to be the Geo-Tour and Maze Lead on behalf of GVI. We thank Gemma for all her hard work over the years, she will definitely be missed.

Don’t for get your Kudos

May is rapidly coming to an end, so dont forget to submit your Kudos to your fellow geocachers.

Remember to enter our monthly competition for the month of May, please tag a fellow geocacher below and share how they have made a difference to your geocaching experiences, provided guidance, helped you when you first started out, or where you have witnessed a generous act within our community that is worth calling out. This month its all about calling our those that make a difference within our community. Let’s celebrate them.

Cache Awards – Voting is now open

Victorian Cache Finalists have now been annouced and its over to you to start voting!

NOW… what we need you to do is….

Votes Close 30th September 2022 and will be announced at the Whittlesea Mega in Novemeber 2022

Come Join The Team – We Need You!!

Are you passionate about geocaching? Do you have a flair for creativity and an eye for detail? Perhaps you have a strength in logistics and organising events or a gift in fundraising? Do you want to become part of the best geocaching team ever to deliver great experiences for our community?

If this sounds like you….. please keep reading!!

We curently have a few vacancies available, which we are keen to fill with the right people. Please note – all roles listed below are voluntary.

Committee Vacancies

We currently have two roles vacant on the Geocaching Victoria Committee which we would love to fill. We are looking for team members that are willing to jump in and help with the following;

  • GVI Event organising
  • Facilitate fundraising activities
  • Support annual megas and their planning
  • Contribute to stories, website content and online collateral
  • Happy to join our monthly meetings and brainstorm together on creative activities for our community
  • Undertake support admin tasks as needed (we share these)
  • Be a team player and support the objectives of GVI
  • Be supportive of any Covid Safe Plans that are active
  • Be a representative of our wider Geocaching Community

If you are interested in applying for a committee role, please email Jo Cox at president@geocachingvictoria.com.au and provide an overview of what strengths you can bring to the team. Please feel free to share any past experiences that may support your application. Applications close Friday 25th March 2022.

Whittesea Mega Lead Vacancy

Sadly Karen (carkisser) has had to step back from both her GVI Committee Membership, but also as Lead of Whittlesea Mega due to heath reasons. Firstly, we thank Karen for her support and hard work til now, but also wish her well in the months ahead. Secondly, this leaves us with a vacancy for a new Mega Lead and so a new position has also become available.

We are looking for someone with experience and skills in event organisation (large scale). This doesn’t necessarily have to be geocaching events, it can be in other large corporate, workplace, planning conferences or other volunteer events. Mega’s usually attract in excess of 400 geocachers across the country. Other key skills we are looking for is as follows:

  • Experience in leading a team or committee
  • Event planning, logistics or coordination experience
  • Budget and forecasting experience (not mandatory as support will be given)
  • Great communicator and stakeholder management (Sponsors and Councils play a bit part in Mega Planning)
  • A can do, fun attitude to ensure we create the best Mega ever for our community.
  • Willingness to see the Mega Event through (scheduled Nov 2022)

We certainly don’t want to scare you off, so if you are committeed and passionate to giving it a go – please do reach out. It’s okay if you haven’t run a Mega before, you will have a Mega committee to support you but also the Geocaching Victoria Committte to also provide support and advice. We are all one big team.

If you are interested in applying for a Mega Lead role, please email Jo Cox at president@geocachingvictoria.com.au and provide an overview of what strengths you can bring to the team. Please feel free to share any past experiences that may support your application. Applications close Friday 25th March 2022.