Come join us for the WGA's 9th annual Geo-Campout at Richard
Bong State Recreation Area. There are already over 40 permanent
caches placed in the park, and rumor has it more will appear by
Campout weekend. Register now to join in the fun and
While daytrippers and Trudy campers are always welcome, to get
the full Geo-Campout experience you need to sleep outdoors in the
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 14th
3:00 pm - Group campers can register and start to set up
6:00 pm - Night cache info / downloads available at the Beach
Shelter East #3
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 15th
8:30 am - Registration open at Beach Shelter East #3
11:00 am - Family arts and crafts project
12:00 pm - Grills ready for cooking
1:00 pm - Registration closed
4:30 pm - Family nature scavenger hunt deadline
4:30 pm - Family arts and crafts project
5:00 pm - Group photo at 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
11:00 pm - Park quiet time, all non-campers must leave park
Sunday, May 18th
8:00 am - Pancake breakfast at begins Beach Shelter East #3
10:30 am - End of pancake breakfast
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. If you wish to camp in the WGA reserved group
campsites, you must preregister and pay camping fees. See the
"Camping Information" section below for details.
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 -cheeto- if you are interested in hiding a night
Night caching will begin Friday at 8:00 PM (dusk) starting from
the Beach Shelter East #3 (N42° 37.692' W088° 07.919').
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 Beach
Shelter East #3 (N42° 37.692' W088° 07.919'). Registration
for Saturday activities will be available from 8:30 AM until 1:00
PM. All participants must register at the shelter before seeking
caches. At that time you will receive a booklet with event
information, a map of all geocaches in the park, and the
coordinates of newly published geocaches. We will have cables and
laptops for downloading cache waypoints to your GPSr.
Family nature scavenger hunt activity and collection bag will be handed out at registration. Kids and their families can try to find the items throughout the day on Saturday and turn in their sheets at 4:30 at the pavilion. All participants who turn in a sheet will win a prize.
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.
There will be 2 family arts and crafts projects. One at 11am and the other at 4:30pm. Kids bring your parents along for the fun!
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 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).
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 Beach Shelter
East #3 (N42° 37.692' W088° 07.919') Sunday morning from
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM. The menu will include pancakes, sausage,
coffee, juice, and milk. Cost is $5 for adults (13 years and
older), $3 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6.
Breakfast fees will be collected on Sunday morning (no advance
Guess how many candies are in the jars for a chance to win the jar. Winners announced at 10am during the pancake breakfast. Must be present to win.
The WGA has reserved two large group campsites at the park,
sites D and F. We can accommodate approximately 80 to 100 people or
30 tents on these sites. These are open, grassy sites for tent
camping only. Toilets and water are nearby; there is no
electricity. The WGA will provide wood for campfires at both sites
during the weekend.
If you wish to camp in the group campsites, you need to
preregister on the WGA website. Space is limited and the sites
expected to fill up quickly, so register early. To help defray the
WGA's costs, you must also prepay camping fees of $4 per adult
(over 18) per night. These fees are not refundable. (Visit the
WGA Store to
pay camping fees.)
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.