I've got 5 simple tips that will get you your 10 souvenirs, or my name isn't Buck Rogers!*
#1 - Build Your Crew!First things first - if you're going shoot for the stars (or the souvenirs) you'll need to build your team. Remember the Mary Hyde events and activities from last year? Well it's the very same system for the Friend League support to get you ship-shape and on your way.
Make sure you check in on your own Friend League page to ensure that your crew is set up by going to:
Dashboard > View Friends > Get motivated with your friend league!
(pro-tip - just click the last "your friend league" link, and then bookmark it so you have a quick way to get there in the future!)
Do you already have a great crew amassing huge points? Awesome! If not, just click the "Add Friends" green button and send some friend requests to your geocaching buddies.
For more tips on great Geocaching Friends etiquette, check this post from last summer!
#2 - Know the Score!Next important thing to know is HOW to get those valuable points! This simple table from Geocaching.com explains what you most need to know.
|Log a Found it on any geocache (Traditional, Virtual, Webcam, Wherigo)||5|
|Log a Found it on a Multi-Cache or Letterbox Hybrid||10|
|Log a Found it on a Mystery Cache or EarthCache||15|
|Attend any event||15|
|Drop off trackable||4|
#3 - Start the Countdown!T minus 19... 18... OK, you get it. Take a look at your calendar, and message some of your friend league - see if you can't pick a time to get out caching together between March 19 and April 8.
You can send messages individually on the My Friends page using the "Send Message" link on each friend's "card" on the page.
But it might be even easier, if you are already all on Facebook or Twitter, to start a group chat for planning purposes.
#4 - Find Unexplored Space with Your Crew!You've got the team, you've got the dates, but where to go? Make sure the adventure gets max points for everyone by using the Geocaching.com Search page.
Enter an area to start your search from and you'll get the initial list. But now click on the Filters green button, and make sure to click the radio buttons for "I Haven't Found" and "I Don't Own."
That done, next thing to do is enter in the names of your space crew in the "Not Found By" box.
Now click the Search button again and you'll see the caches that will maximize your teams points!
#5 - Earn Nine for Ten!So you know how to get points, but what are your targets? Why the planets of course! OK, the souvenirs named after planets! And to help you out here's the next great table Geocaching.com provided so we can all know the score(ing system).
|Souvenirs||Points needed on the Friend League (individual)|
|Planetary Pursuit: Earth||5 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Venus||10 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Mercury||20 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Mars||40 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Jupiter||65 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Saturn||100 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Uranus||200 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Neptune||300 points|
|Planetary Pursuit: Pluto||500 points|
|Official Space Explorer||Collect all planet souvenirs (500 points) and earn this meta souvenir.|
Note that as like other souvenir events in the past, the tenth souvenir is "automatically" earned by achieving the prior 9.
Pay attention that these are individual points in Friend League, so you'll have to earn those points yourself to get the souvenirs, not total points in your League.
*full disclosure - my name isn't Buck Rogers, but these are still great tips!
Most importantly - get out there and cache safely, and cache often!
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