NoVAGO Officer Nominations OPEN NOW!

6306132745_ef51f4a395_qAttention all NoVAGO members! NoVAGO’s Officer Elections are fast approaching. Nominations are open now in the forums!

NoVAGO’s Officer Corps consists of these five positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Public Relations

You can find the details about these positions in the NoVAGO By-laws. Nominations will close on November 30, 2015, at which point a ballot will be assembled and posted here.

Head on over to the forums to make your voice heard!

This Weekend: Three NoVAGO Activities

Looking for something to do this weekend? NoVAGO is supporting three events on Saturday, November 14 going on around the Northern Virginia and Maryland area. In no particular order, they are:

  • The 2nd Annual Occoquan Bay Refuge CITO hosted by DePhogration
    Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 10 am to 12 pm
    This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and the parks our Geocaches call home. DePhogration has organized many successful NoVAGO CITO events in the past, and this one should be no exception.
  • Geocaching Symposium 2015 hosted by APLCachers
    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, 8 am to 1:30 pm
    NoVAGO has been asked to support the APL Geocaching Symposium, a day of education and community-building at APL. We’ll staff an informational table and be on hand to answer questions about Geocaching in Northern Virginia, and in general.
  • “The Great Outdoors” Expo hosted by the Boy Scouts of America
    Haymarket, VA, 12 pm to 5 pm
    NoVAGO has worked with the Boy Scouts on a number of occasions this year, and we were recently contacted to help at their Great Outdoors Expo. Nothereeither has graciously volunteered to lead our participation. Contact him for more details.

If you’re looking to join your fellow NoVAGO cachers, consider meeting up with us at one of these events! See you there!

This Sunday: Fantastic Fall Fun!

BOO!This weekend, join us at Providence Park in Fairfax for NoVAGO’s Fall Event: Hauntingly Familiar! Sunday, October 25, 2015, 11 am – 3pm.

We’ll start the day off with casual Halloween-themed games and a brand new icebreaker. While you enjoy a picnic lunch, browse the items available in our Silent Auction and Pick-a-Prize. Then, try your luck at Mischievous Ducks or the Cache Packing Challenge.

And for those truly brave souls, wear your best costume to the event and be judged by your fellow NoVAGO cachers. Costumes will be judged in three categories: Best Adult Costume, Best Kids Costume, and Best Geocaching-Themed Costume. Winners will each receive a Halloween caching prize.

Winners of all prizes and auction items will be announced at the end of the event.

Please consider bringing a dish, dessert, or drinks to share at the picnic lunch. NoVAGO will provide the usual hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as plasticware and other such items. Any additional food is welcome!

The day’s schedule is:

11:00 – 12:00: Arrive and Socialize
11:00 – 2:15: Costume Contest
11:00 – 2:30: Silent Auction and Pick-a-Prize
11:30 – 12:00: Mischievous Mallards
12:00 – 2:00: Lunch!
1:00 – 2:00: Ghoulish games
2:30 – 3:00: Announcements and Drawings
3:00 – ?: Go Cache!

We’ll see you on Sunday! It’s sure to be a scary good time.

Hauntingly Familiar: the NoVAGO Fall Event!


We’re excited to announce the NoVAGO Fall Picnic for 2015: Hauntingly Familiar! Put on your scariest, craziest, weirdest, or just plain costumest costume (or maybe your normal look is scary enough) and bring your fall cheer for a day of Geocaching fun.

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2015 Fall Picnic: Hauntingly Familiar

Providence Park, Fairfax, VA
Sunday, October 25, 2015
11 am – 3 pm

Take a look at the spooktacular activities we’ve got brewing:

  • A potluck lunch: As usual, NoVAGO will supply the meat and flatware. Don’t forget to mention in your Will Attend what you plan to bring!
  • The annual Silent Auction: We’re looking for your help! See this forum post for more.
  • A costume contest: A simple contest with three categories – Best Adult Costume, Best Kids Costume, and Best Geocaching Costume
  • Fall-themed games: Some with prizes, some just for fun
  • New caches: Around the City of Fairfax. If you’re interested in helping to place some caches in that area, please let us know!
  • A NoVAGO surprise!

So come on! Bring out yer dead! Er, and yer living dead! GeoWerewolves are okay too. And don’t forget to log your Will Attend!

Summer in the Blue Ridge

Looking for a fun way to spend this weekend? Join us for a summer weekend in the mountains! NoVAGO is returning to the beautiful Blue Ridge Environmental Center. Trails, lakes, mountains, food, friends, and goats. What else does your summer need?

The weekend kicks off with our annual Picnic: GC5Y257. Come, meet caching friends old and new, and enjoy a delicious potluck lunch. There are almost 30 caches hidden within BREC’s nearly 900 acres, so after lunch you can enjoy time relaxing in Demory Field with friends or go caching while exploring the hiking trails though the woods, babbling streams, wildflower meadows and historic farmsteads.

We will have our pavilion the entire afternoon as the fun doesn’t end at the conclusion of the picnic. BREC has been gracious enough to grant us exclusive use of their facilities through Sunday evening!

Therefore, do stick around and join us for camping and night caching: GC5Z365. Set up a tent and enjoy the unique opportunity of doing a bit of after-dark caching at BREC. As we wait for dark, we’ll have a campfire going, perhaps some s’mores, and we will share stories and tips for caching by flashlight.

Come Sunday, we’ll help give back by hosting a CITO: GC5YN2F. Blue Ridge Center has asked for assistance with some trail maintenance, weeding, and trash pick-up, so we’ll likely divide into several crews and say thank you by lending a hand.

Whether from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia or beyond, we hope you’ll make plans to come out and join us! It should be a terrific weekend!