Come join us for the WGA's 8th annual Geo-Campout at High Cliff State Park near Appleton.
This will be our second trip to this great park, and we think it will be the perfect location for what should
be our largest Geo-Campout to date. Register now to join in the fun and camaraderie!
While daytrippers and Trudy campers are always welcome, to get the full Geo-Campout experience you need to sleep outdoors in the park. The WGA has reserved two
group campsites for tent campers that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis (100 campers max). The WGA is charging $8 per group per night
to recoup the costs associated with reserving these sites. For those with wheeled campers (pop-ups and travel trailers) or who
don't want to stay in the group sites, a limited number of sites are still available in the park's
family campground. Family campsites can be reserved through the
Registration Form On WGA Website (Click Here)
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 15th
3:00 pm - Group campers can register and start to set up tents
6:00 pm - Night cache info / downloads available at the Pavilion enclosed shelter
8:00 pm - Friday night caching starting at dusk
10:30 pm - End of night geocaching
11:00 pm - Park quiet time, all non-campers must leave park and campers must be on their site
Saturday, May 16th
8:30 am - Registration open at Pavilion shelter
12:00 pm - Grills ready for cooking
1:00 pm - Registration closed
5:00 pm - Group photo at Pavilion shelter
5:15 pm - Announcements
5:30 pm - Grills ready for cooking (round 2)
7:00 pm - WGA general membership meeting
8:30 pm - WGA sponsored bonfire in the quarry area
11:00 pm - Park quiet time, all non-campers must leave park
Sunday, May 17th
8:00 am - Pancake breakfast at begins Pavilion shelter
11:00 am - End of pancake breakfast
Morning - Temp cache retrieval – See Jeremy or Justin to sign up
3:00 pm - Group camper checkout time
Friday Night Activities
Group campers may sign-in and start setting up their tents at 3:00 PM.
Friday night the WGA will sponsor a night geocaching contest. We are looking for individuals (maximum of 10) to hide night caches for this contest. Prizes will be awarded based on a "survey" those participating in the night caching will be asked to fill out. (Prizes and prize criteria to be determined by the Campout Committee.) Contact info wi-geocaching com if you are interested in hiding a night cache.
Night caching will begin Friday at 8:00 PM (dusk) starting from the Pavilion shelter (N44 09.899' W88 17.158'). Night caching must be completed by 10:30 PM to ensure that everyone abides by the park's established quiet time.
Saturday Day Activities
Saturday daytime activities will begin at 8:30 AM at the Pavilion shelter (N44 09.899' W88 17.158'). Registration for Saturday activities will be available from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM.
Approximately 40 temporary caches are expected to be hidden in the park along with the other permanent caches already placed. All participants must register at the shelter before seeking these caches. At that time you will receive your packet of information, including the coordinates to the temporary caches. We will have cables and laptops for downloading temporary and permanent cache waypoints to your GPSr.
We will also start passing out the geocacher "social" bingo cards on Saturday morning. If you did not play this game at past WGA events, here's the scoop. Printed in the squares of each geocacher bingo card are various attributes that might apply to a particular geocacher or geocaching team, such as "Owns A Garmin" or "Caches With A Dog". Your goal is to find people at the event who have these attributes and can sign the squares on your card. Getting five signed squares in a row gives you a bingo. Bingos and blackouts are good discounts at Sunday's pancake breakfast.
If you would like to grill your lunch or dinner on Saturday, we will provide hot charcoal grills ready at noon and 5:30 PM.
Please make your way back to the Pavilion shelter no later than 5:00 PM Saturday. A group photo will be taken promptly at 5:00 PM, immediately followed by some brief announcements.
Saturday Night Activities
At 7:00 PM, the WGA will conduct a general membership meeting. Any WGA member is allowed to ask questions or bring up concerns during this meeting, and the WGA Board members present will do their best to answer or address them. This meeting will have a hard stop time of 8:30pm (no official discussions or decisions will be made, and no minutes will be taken after this time).
Immediately following the meeting, the WGA will have a bonfire going in the quarry area until the park's quiet time.
Quiet time is 11:00 PM. The DNR requires campers to be on their sites by this time, and that campers are quiet. Non-campers must be out of the park by 11:00 PM.
Sunday Pancake Breakfast
The WGA is sponsoring a pancake breakfast at the Pavilion shelter (N44 09.899' W88 17.158') Sunday morning from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk. Cost is $4 for adults (13 years and older), $2 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. Social bingo cards with a bingo will good for $1 off the cost of breakfast, cards will a blackout will get a $2 discount. Breakfast fees will be collected on Sunday morning (no advance payment required).
Sunday we will ask for volunteers to help pick up the temporary caches. Cache retrieval will be organized during breakfast.
Camper checkout time is 3:00 PM Sunday.
Pre-registration is required for all group site campers.
Group sites: Sites 204 & 205
Coordinates: N44 09.421' W88 17.456'
Arrival time: Friday 3:00 PM or later. Anytime on Saturday. Campers must register at the park office and with the WGA when they arrive.
The WGA will again be selling shirts (t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies) with a Geo-Campout logo on them. Click here to visit the WGA store to order yours!
Wanted: Shirt Logo Ideas! The WGA is currently asking members to submit ideas for a Geo-Campout related logo to print on the front of the shirts. View this forum topic for the details.
Registration Form On WGA Website (Click Here)
Do NOT post a "Will Attend" log here
(The WGA requests that you use the special registration form so we can get an accurate count of expected attendees for each activity. Thanks!)