|Our second Fleet Challenge of the year runs from May 30th, 2017 to August 30th, 2017. Each chapter or unit selects one representative of their crew to send progress reports of their ship’s efforts at their own discretion (ie: it’s up to the representative and the unit’s CO if they wish to submit their progress reports weekly, monthly or all at once before the final date). Progress reports must be sent to Intel [at] talbottfleet [dot] org with “10th Fleet Recon Challenge” and the chapter or unit name in the subject line. They must be submitted as a spreadsheet (attachment or link). Progress spreadsheets must include the CO name and contact information, Chapter Liaison name and contact information, and last date updated. The content must include:
- Numbered rows
- One instance of geocaching per row
- Date of the instance
- Member name, rank, branch, RMN ID number of the participant (or lead member if it was a group)
- Type of geocaching instance (‘find’ or ‘hide’)
- URL link to the found log (if a ‘find’, mark N/A if a ‘hide’) on Geocaching.com
- URL link to the geocache’s listing on Geocaching.com
- The total number of hides, finds, and points at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
Points are determined by the total number of find or hide instances, whether performed by a single member or a group. One member completing a find with an official log entry and Geocaching.com listing will count as one point. Three members together completing a find with an official log entry and Geocaching.com listing will also only count as one point. The chapter or unit with the most points and submitted in a progress report before midnight on August 30th, 2017 wins the challenge. The winning chapter or unit will be announced and presented with the 10th Fleet Cup at a following event (TBD).
Rules and Regulations:
- The CO, XO, and Bosun of a participating chapter must have met their rank testing requirements. Any chapter with a member of the Command Triad not tested to their rank shall be disqualified.
- Only the Recon (Geocaching) activities or contributions of an officially listed member of a specific chapter (shown in the MEDUSA database) are eligible to participate on behalf of said chapter.
- If a member moves from one chapter to another in the middle of the challenge period, all contributions by said member must be removed from the departing chapter and added to the arriving chapter. The member’s contributions move with them from chapter to chapter.
- A FREE account is required on Geocaching.com for each participating member. Premium accounts are allowed but not required.
- For this challenge an “officially logged find” instance is defined as a participant, or team of participants acting as a group, signing the geocache’s log, signing in to the Geocaching.com website, and logging their visit on the specific geocache’s page.
- For this challenge an “officially logged hide” instance is defined as a geocache that has been created and hidden by a participating member, or team of participants acting as a group, then submitted for and cleared by Geocaching.com volunteer review, and be listed as a discoverable geocache on the Geocaching.com website.
- All Geocaches that are created by participants must fully follow the Geocache Listing Requirements / Guidelines as found here: https://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx
- A geocaching instance can be achieved by an individual or a group, but are worth the same single point. The number of individuals involved in a find or a hide is not relevant to this challenge, only the total number of instances of hides and finds correctly reported by the chapter. Example: Spacer Bill finds a geocache, signs its log, takes a photo for evidence, and then officially logs the find on Geocaching.com. This is a single officially logged find instance, worth a single point. Spacer Jane, Spacer Dave, and Ensign Fuzzy find a geocache together, all sign the log, take a photo for evidence, and each officially log the find on Geocaching.com. Despite the fact that three individuals have each logged the find on Geocaching.com, for the purpose of the Challenge this will only count as one single officially logged find instance, worth one point, not three. The instance should be recorded as only a single instance for the Challenge, with the lead member of the group listed. The same applies for instances of officially logged hides.
- While group and individual instances are worth equal points, the same geocache can be found as a separate instance by a member of the same crew, so long as it occurred on a different date. Example: Spacer Bill finds geocache “alpha” on Tuesday and records an instance of an officially logged find. Spacer Jane, from the same chapter, later also finds geocache “alpha” on Wednesday, and is permitted to also record an instance of an officially logged find because the instances occurred separately.
- While the same geocaches can be found and recorded as instances multiple times within the same Chapter, each geocache can only be found and recorded as an instance once per Chapter member during the Challenge Period. Example: Spacer Bill finds geocache “alpha” on Friday and records it as an instance. He can not personally find and record geocache “alpha” as an instance again during the challenge, though any of his Chapter-mates who have not already recorded geocache “alpha” may.
- When possible and appropriate, it is suggested that members photograph or video themselves wearing TRMN related attire, such as con minimum uniform, while performing their geocaching activities. This is not a rule, just a recommendation that could further bolster their portfolio for the Black Sphinx Cup.
- The Reconnaissance Challenge will be scored based on the total number of officially logged and created geocaches per chapter as listed above.