This past Saturday, I participated in WWFM 2011.
WWFM – World Wide Flash Mobs – A fun and friendly way to promote geocaching around the world. Thousands of geocachers at dozens of coordinated events spanning the globe, gathering at the same time.
Sonny and Sandy of the PodCacher podcast came up with the WWFM idea in 2007 after attending a mega-event. It was meant to be a fun “opposite” of a mega-event: all the cool aspects of a geocaching event, crammed into 15 minutes of excitement. An added dimension is represented by the letters “WW” – World Wide – these events occur across the planet on the same day at (mostly) the same time! These caching events are intended to bring geocachers together in a creative way, as well as introduce others (newbies) to the hobby.
- Hold the event on the official, announced day, preferably at the official time
- The event should last only 15 minutes (some locations hold separate “after” events for more fun)
- Take a group picture
- Collect the number of people attended for statistical purposes
- Be creative and Have fun!
There were about 40 people at the mob here in Prescott, Arizona. We gathered at the southwest corner of the Courthouse Plaza at 9:45. At 10:00, we took off for a walk around the square and then met at the south side steps for a group photo. There was a doggie event going on so I know we attracted a lot of attention. I told a BUNCH of people all about geocaching and EatStayPlay.com too!
Unlike the Tucson WWFM event, for our flash mob, we all wore red.
The best part of these geocaching events is that you get to meet all the “famous” cachers in your area. Like JeanAnJoe who are prolific cachers having found nearly almost 5,000 caches and have hidden over 700.
Here’s some more information about geocaching events.
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- Have you ever been to an event? What did you think?
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