Posted by: Griff Grof on 8th Aug 2017
GAGB SWAG Weekend 2017: August 25-28 (Bank Holiday Weekend).
The cache box is large enough, but there’s nothing in it! Or your kids open the box all eager, and all they find is a used train ticket. Or the only swaps are faded lumps of plastic from a happy meal, and a bent 2p coin. Sound familiar...?
Who’s to blame for the poor state of the swag in many of our caches? Not the CO – we often see that the cache was launched with fantastic prizes, but by the time we get to the cache it’s just a stick and a dodgy-looking lollipop!
At the end of summer (or in Scotland, the start of Autumn!) let’s all gather up some cool stuff we don’t really use and distribute some good swag around the country!
#GAGBSWAG Weekend is Aug 25-28. It’s all about removing the tat and putting in stuff we would like to find. The usual rules apply – don’t leave money, food, or perishables. Family-friendly, please. Ensure the lid is on properly when you are done!
How do I find caches that can take swag?
Using most geocaching apps or the website you can filter your search based on cache size. Look for caches that are ‘regular’ or ‘large’ for the best chance of fitting stuff inside. You can often fit smaller items inside 'small' caches as well. Feel encouraged to take away anything that’s just plain rubbish. We’re pretty sure that Cache Owners will appreciate the efforts you go to, but do check whether any of the items in the cache need to stay in the cache before you do any major purging. For example, letterbox caches need to have their stamp – don’t mistake it for swag!
Some cachers leave behind little signature items wherever they cache. Feel free to take them or leave them – they are not intended to litter a cache forever, they are just a cute connection with the cacher. Don’t throw them away – treasure them, or take them to an event.
Spread the word
If you find a cache that really needs better swag, please use our hashtag and post something on social media – it’ll build interest and awareness ahead of the Aug 25th weekend. Like “Here’s a cache that is really in need of #GAGBSWAG weekend”, or “started #GAGBSWAG weekend early” or similar. Together we can do something here!
Based on an article written by committee member Ant Reid, published in Seeker Mega '17