+Half-Canadian Posted January 22, 2006 Share Posted January 22, 2006 (edited) We just wrapped up a really successful CITO event, Are You On The Winning Team? yesterday, and I thought I'd list a few things that I learned from planning the event. Supplies: A few things can really help keep people motivated. Summer event refreshments would be different, but this will give some ideas about quantities of stuff: Refreshments. I had hot cider, coffee, and donuts set out before people arrived. We went through about 2 gallons of cider, 1 gallon of coffee, and 150 Timbits (donut holes). A case of bottled water from Costco for drinking and rinsing off dirty hands. Garbage bags with built-in drawstrings. Costco also has these, we used up about 2 cases (180 bags) in 2 hours with about 50 people working. Hand sanitizer. People appreciated having something to clean up with. I got a big pump-top jug (about a quart) at Walmart for under $5.00. One would be plenty for a group up to 75 or so. Paper towels. Have a few rolls available for cleaning hands. Gloves. Even though I had suggested in the cache write-up to bring gloves, I had extras on hand for people that forgot. I bought disposable painter's gloves at the dollar store, paks of 10 for $1.00. 30-40 gloves got used during the event. Prizes: It's great to have a few goodies to reward people with if you can. Often, local businesses will give stuff or gift certificates for a community service effort like this. For our event, each participant got an official "Team Bandana". I bought these online and silkscreened the CITO logos myself, cost was about 50 cents each. I wrote to Garmin and Magellan and asked for goodies to reward the winning teams at our CITO event and each company sent a box of stuff -- hats, t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc. Time: About 2 hours was a good amount of time. Everyone, including the little kids, were still having a good time and we really accomplished a lot in that amount of time. Make it fun: Set a goal, make a friendly contest, or something to make it a game. We pitted the Garmin users against the Magellan users to see which team could collect the most trash in 2 hours. That strategy really made it a fun competition! Publicity: Call the local newspapers, TV, etc. to let them know what you're doing. Have a page printed up to give them, explaining what geocaching is, what CITO is, and why all these people are spending their time to clean up other people's garbage. Be sure to give credit to the local agencies if they are picking up the trash afterwards! Involve the local government: I contacted the local county a month ahead of time and negotiated with them until they happily agreed to send a crew to pick up the trash at no charge when we were done, saving us several hundred dollars in dump fees. And the head of the solid waste department is now a new geocacher! New caches: Hide a few new caches around the area to reward the partipants. Enlist others to help with that if you want to -- 2 area cachers assisted by placing 8 easy new caches in areas that also had a trash problem, and as a result, those got cleaned up as well as our target site! Pictures: Be sure to take lots of photos. This was the most rewarding cache event I have been involved with to date, and it was great to see so many people having such a good time collecting trash! Edited January 22, 2006 by Half-Canadian Quote Link to comment
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