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You have reached the homepage of the Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO). The purpose of our organization is to promote the sport of Geocaching in Michigan via improved communications and to provide information to the public about our activities and the sport of geocaching. Please spend some time on our site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or visit www.geocaching.com for more details.

Join MiGO Today! Membership gives you many benefits. MiGO is one of the oldest and most respected Geocaching organizations in the country. Since our inception in April, 2002 we have grown both in size and stature. In 2007 we were granted an organizational land use permit by the Michigan DNR. This permit is paid annually by MiGO and enables all our members to place caches on permitted DNR lands, with the appropriate permit where required, at no fee. This is just one of the many benefits of your membership. You'll also become part of a local and tight-knit Geocaching community with an active interest in caching in our state. Our forums are very active and are a great place to meet cachers and learn.

To Join, renew or upgrade your membership, pull down the Membership Menu.


December 2020 Photo Contest Entries
Winner Selected by EC  Members using a Blind Ballot


January-February contest announcement is below.

Slideshow
Photo Contest December 2020

Announcements

The January-February  Photo Contest OPEN! 
 Scroll down to January/February Promotions to enter your photos.

Time remaining to submit your photo(s) for this contest:




A New Twist to the Photo Contest!
On March 1st-2nd, the EC and Board will select their top 5 entries for this photo contest.  
March 3rd-5th, you members get to pick your favorite from that top 5.

Please watch for a button here to vote for your favorite...

Winter's Grip Contest Announcement:
 Scroll down to January-February promotions. 


MiGO Signature Jacket Preorder, Round 2


MiGO Jacket Sample
Wouldn't you like to look as good as the crew shown above at your next event?
The feedback regarding these jackets has been so good, we had to offer them again.  

As of 2/17, we have two new preorders for solid and none for heather. 
As of 2/26, we have four new preorders for solid and none for heather. 

 

 

 

GeocacheTalk Podcast,

in conjunction with Geocaching HQ,

held the the first

World Wide Geocaching Conference!  

 

View Recorded Conference

 

MiGO Store News

 

 

Get your 2021 MiGO Calendar from the MiGO Store while supplies last!

2021 MiGO Calendar is in stock, ready to ship from the ...


MiGO Store

 


Congratulations to the following MiGO members were drawn for a prize.  Watch your mailbox.  Be sure and send a thank you for this generous offer from our caching friends from the Ohio Geocaching Organization: 

DirtBikeGranny, afishoutawater, epoch13, GeoNiffs, llski, periwinkle128, N8theGR8, DanTMan&Co, grizz-rider, JHBDFamily.

February 13th update:  The winners will be mailed their coins when they are available from the mint.  

 

January-February Promotions

Zoom... Focus... Click!


We are continuing  a regular feature on the MiGO Website, a Photo Contest.  We are our giving our members a chance to provide some new photos for the website and have a chance at winning a "fabulous prize" in the process.   Dust off your Nikon, wind your Pentax, Charge your Lumix, or just point your phone at something interesting on your geocaching adventures and related to the theme below.


This contest runs from the new year through through the heart of winter, terminating on  February 28th.

The THEME for this this contest period is:


Winter's Grip


Click the button above to submit a photo. You may submit 1, 2 or 3 photos per contest period.   Please submit only current photos.

* * MiGO Winter's Grip 2021 Contest * *

 

The perfect companion to the January-February Photo Contest...

What are we all doing since the holidays have come and gone? Well, finding geocaches that are "
Available in Winter". Some of us are hiding them. We thought it would be a good idea to have the first contest of the new year using just that attribute.

 

This contest is open to Lake Huron and Lake Superior members and Trial members who upgrade to Lake Huron or Lake Superior level prior to the end of the contest.

 

The contest runs from January 18th through March 14th, which covers most of Winter's Grip. Entry and completion instructions can be found on the Winter's Grip page by clicking this button:

 

Winters Grip 2021 Caching Contest

 

The Latest from the GeoTour

January 3rd, 2021.
It has been nineteen months since the kickoff of the Michigan State Parks Centennial GeoTour, Memorial Day weekend, 2019.  A lot has happened since then.  During 2019, cachers went crazy to qualify for one, two, three or all four regional pathtags and one or two of the DNR's GeoCoins.  2020, for unfortunate reasons, got off to a much slower start. Over the summer, the search for these quality hides is definitely back on.  As of December data from Project-GC and Geocaching.com and from our own tracking of coins earned, here are the latest stats:
Logged
 Finds: 
35,726
Individual
Cachers:
4,871
Favorite
 Points:
6036
Geocoins
Earned:
Silver: 138
Gold: 107 
News from the DNR:  With a Covid-19 induced furloughs and a spending freeze, the annual renewal of the GeoTour was in some doubt, but Groundspeak worked with its GeoTour partners and gave a four month extension, pushing the renewal into the next fiscal year. Also, the DNR members of the GeoTour team have been furloughed part time, working from home, and do not have access to their offices or accounting systems to send out official mail. Earned geocoins will be mailed eventually, but not until the crew is allowed back in their offices.

As many of you know, our own "Kneel More" is an avid and prolific filmmaker with regards to the game of Geocaching.  Kneel and his friend Bob Billy have dozens of informative and often hilarious videos in his YouTube collection. Kneel has created a series of videos while caching the MSPC GeoTour.  To view the videos, click on the images below.



A humble beginning
Part 2
Waterfalls
History Preserved
Cold Hard Cache


December 7th, 2020:  Eight Months in to the new Membership Tiers


Trial...    Lake St. Clair...    Lake Huron...    Lake Superior...   

We are pleased to report that 113 members have upgraded to the Lake Superior level and many Lake St. Clair members have upgraded to Lake Huron level as well. Thank you all for your help. We have attracted new Trial members several of whom have signed on as Lake Huron and Lake Superior members after seeing what we have to offer. Take a look at the "scoreboard" below to see who is helping. We still have work to do. More members than we thought would are still renewing at the Lake St. Clair level. Perhaps they have not gotten the word as I can't imagine many members would not want to support the organization. MiGO is asking all free members to help support the organization and is asking members already supporting to up their game. No active membership is free to MiGO. We pay our web service by the number of active members we have. A membership that is free to one member is being paid by other members. In order to increase our funding level to bring you many more fun things to do, we need to maximize the number of paying members at the highest level. Membership has its privilege. Paid membership has its rewards. We are hard at work coming up with some fun new things to do.

 

The new member tiers are named for the Great Lakes that we know and love. We are (almost) all Michiganders, so we used three three lakes on our international border to name the regular member levels.

 

The Trial member is a new level available for new members to try out the organization for thirty days. It is open to anyone who is not currently a member and has not been a member since January 1, 2017. Any time during your trial, we hope you take the option to renew as one of the following three levels:

The Lake St. Clair (formerly Member) membership level is the free membership. It is only available as a three month renewal and has a limited view of the website. It is intended for those that simply cannot support the organization financially, but still want to be associated with the us.

The Lake Huron (formerly Supporting Member) is $10 per year, renewed annually. This fee covers just a little more than the cost of your membership on our web service. Lake Huron members have access to and eligibility for many things not available to Lake St. Clair members. Lake Huron members that upgrade to the Lake Superior level before they are up for renewal level will have their remaining membership prorated at the new level.

The Lake Superior level is a new, premium level. It is $30 per year, renewed annually. Renewing or upgrading your membership to this level demonstrates your commitment to the organization. Your contribution allows MiGO to expand the promotional activities we offer our members and our caching community. Lake Superior members are recognized and rewarded at the highest level.

Refer to the Member Levels page found on the Membership Menu for details of the various levels.

Refer to the Renewal page in the Membership Menu for instructions on renewing and upgrading when your membership is within the 30 day renewal window.

Refer to the Upgrade page in the Membership Menu for instructions on upgrading when your membership is not due for renewal.

MiGO is a 501(c)(7) organization and 100% funded by our members! Thank you for your help and support. We want to see your name on the Lake Superior Member Honor Roll.


Notable Membership Activity over the Last Two Months

Trial Members

  • sneekybee (welcome)
  • BigBucknasty (from FB Group, thank you for upgrading to Lake Superior)
  • GeoNiffs (welcome)
  • jribbentrop (welcome)
  • Travelbird48 (welcome)
  • hgb927 (welcome)
  • SkyWalker (welcome)
  • D_Ann_y (welcome, from Belgium)
  • Schrutefarms1979 (welcome)

Lake Huron

  • kirtlandii (renew)
  • Ranger4+1 (ren&upg)
  • Geo Acer's (new)
  • Roland Kent (ren&upg)
  • candzsloot (renew)
  • bostonamboy (renew)
  • Andyodie (ren&upg)
  • Geognarles (renew)
  • TJPost (renew)
  • 00_DoubleZero (ren&upg)
  • StepsideWally (renew)
  • MichiSeekers (renew)
  • AggieTeam (ren&upg)
  • TTFNCachn (renew)
  • SP500 (ren&upg)
  • Team Lerman (renew)
  • Gsecret (ren&upg)
  • sci_bugs (renew)
  • KWGT (renew)
  • Paddling Pirates (renew)
  • Ypsimom (renew)

Lake Superior

  • ScouterSteve (ren&upg)
  • periwinlke128 (upgrade)
  • 4KClub (ren&upg)
  • candzsloot (upgrade)
  • Kneel More (ren&upg)
  • usyoopers (ren&upg)
  • Rj_toot (ren&upg)
  • RedhedMary (upgrade)
  • Mermaidish (upgrade)
  • N8theGR8 (upgrade)
  • GEO-BUM (renew)
  • TeamGMMP (new)
  • Grand7lealajm (ren&upg)
  • Equine1030 (ren&upg)
  • PirateSunflower (ren&upg)
  • AC/DCfamily (ren&upg)
  • afishoutawater (upgrade)
  • kzoootters (ren&upg)
  • Ranger4+1 (upgrade)
  • Jellyfish (ren&upg)
  • TheMarbler (ren&upg)
  • jbowden412 (ren&upg)
  • Griffin49424 (ren&upg)
  • mmc881 (ren&upg)
  • Hip Hiker (ren&upg)
  • Hiken (ren&upg)
  • Lodidodger (ren&upg)
  • *WoodBadger (ren&upg)
  • TSR_TeamStellaRick (ren&upg)
  • Holmer4Manistee (ren&upg)
  • ken and emily (new *)
  • betts613 (ren&upg)
  • Team Peterson (ren&upg)
  • Bapman Crew (ren&upg)
  • Moldslug (ren&upg)
  • Leaving Footprints (ren&upg)
  • xpird (ren&upg)
  • FarkleTime (ren&upg)
  • beenherealso (ren&upg)
  • rough_n_it (gfours) (upgrade)
  • Bigedyben (new *)
  • MoDaRiMa (upgrade)
  • New Market Mallers (new)
  • CitoCacher (upgrade)
  • TPM2013 (ren&upg)
  • GeoNiffs (ren&upg)
  • RomanTwins (ren&upg)
  • ScoutMom5 (ren&upg)
  • Wanjolan (new)
  • BigBucknasty (ren&upg)
  • liskiss17 (new)
  • musical note (ren&upg)
  • happilycaching (ren&upg)
  • Nurse Nanna (ren&upg)
  • bekkastarstruck (ren&upg)
  • Adventuregirl2021 (new)
  • Gdpunkgirl73 (upgrade)
  • Mudlark9 (ren&upg)
  • dpbotkin (new)

Promote MiGO on your Geocache Page


MiGO members are encouraged to identify geocaches as being owned by a MiGO Member. We have had a page containing sample logos and other graphics for MiGO Cache Owners to include on their own cache pages. Recently, HQ tightened their security, breaking many COs links to graphics and other pages. Neither our old host or our new one were included in the acceptable list.


The good news is, we have placed the graphics on our own Google Drive space and updated the page with the logos and code to go with them.


The bad news is, we would like all of our members to update all geocache pages that used our older host with code for the new location of the graphics.


Click the link below to see what is available and copy the new code to your cache pages.


Add a MiGO Logo to your cache page


MiGO Store

Big News in the Store:

MiGO is now an official distributor of Shop Geocaching (geocaching.com) and now has select items available in the MiGO store.  Also, we are adding our own new items to the store soon including a trackable MiGO walking stick medallion pictured above (coming November '19), a MiGO Name Badge available for pre-order and a new transparent window sticker.



MiGO Store



We are looking at new items to put in the store and are always interested in your feedback.  Is there something you think that the store should have for sale?  Please let us know.


The funding to support our organization is derived through member contributions via donations, purchases in our store, and supporting memberships. We appreciate your interest in our organization and our store and invite you to look around. If you have any questions, you can email us at store@mi-geocaching.org

MiGO and You


This is the home of the Michigan Geocaching Organization or MiGO. Geocaching is closing in on 20 years of existence and MiGO has been a part of most of that. Our goal is to promote the activity of geocaching by helping geocachers and those looking to get into geocaching. What can we do to help you? Take a look around and let us know what you think. Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions. Happy caching!

MiGO Leadership Update 2/2020

Welcome the following:

Executive Committee
At Large member:
Jodi Spalding (LiteOnCache)


MiGO Member

BIG things are going on at MiGO, and I just wanted to take a minute to let you know what some of them are:

New Membership Tiers were announced April 1st. in an effort to expand MiGO's budget so we may bring you more fun and interesting things to dol

The Executive Committee and a new MiGO Challenges Work Group is working on new basic and premium challenges for our community and membership.

  

August 2020

Come to Camp MiGO the weekend of August 22nd.  Watch the panel on  the home page for more information.

MSPC GeoTour
The Spring of 2019 put Michigan on the world geocaching map with our first official GeoTour!  MiGO and the Michigan Department of Resources continue working together on this GeoTour celebrating the 100th anniversary of Michigan's State Parks.
The GeoTour has been an amazing success and is already one of the most popular GeoTours in the world.  Thank you to the entire team for a job well done.

There are more things to announce, but they're not quite ready yet.  The Executive Committee is working hard to keep bringing you fun things to do.  Your support is much appreciated.  We can't do it without you. 

We have new merchandise in the pipeline for the store.  We have unique and exclusive path tags for you to acquire, we will have a bigger presence at events around the state and be making donations in cash and in-kind for events of all types and sizes.  Let your RVP know if you have an event coming up that you would like MiGO to help with.

We have made big strides in the number of people supporting the organization, but we still have a long way to go.
 
Susan Kay Schug Educational Scholarship 

2021 applicantions for this scholarship will be available in the fall.  Applications will be due January 1st, 2021, with a recipient announced at the 2021 Winter Social.  Any active MiGO member, their spouse or their child or grandchild, who will be attending a college or university, is eligible to apply for this scholarship by filling out the form, and submitting it per the instructions outlined in the application form.
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