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Camping and Caching for 2020 has been postponed until June 2021 due to COVID-19.
Watch the this website and the Facebook group for updates next spring as the C&C planning committee ramps up for the event.

The CITO event (GC8TNT4) that was planned for Sunday, June 28, 2020 has been published for those geocachers that are keeping their camping spots for the weekend.

2021 North Dakota Geocaching Association
11th Annual Camping and Caching Event
June 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2021
Minot, North Dakota

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual NDGCA Camping and Caching event June 25th through June 27th, 2021 in Minot, North Dakota.

Hands Across the Border Event
June 20, 2020 11:00AM-1:00PM
Maple Picnic Area
Manitoba Women’s Institute Picnic Shelter
International Peace Gardens

The Manitoba Geocaching Association (MBGA), the North Dakota Geocaching Association (NDGCA), and The International Peace Garden invite you to join us in "Hands Across the Border" - a geocaching event linking caching friends in two countries inspired by a challenge issued by the "Hands Across the Border" event between BC and Washington state held earlier this year.

WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 11:00AM to 1:00PM

WHERE: Maple Picnic Area, Manitoba Women’s Institute Picnic Shelter, International Peace Gardens (#14 on the map)

11:00AM - Meet and greet at GZ with activities planned by MBGA and NDGCA

12:00 PM - Lunch - MBGA and NDGCA will supply and bbq hot dogs on a grill, and will provide condiments. Geocachers: please bring a side, a salad or a dessert for a potluck to be shared with the group. (Group photo before lunch?)

Geocachers… please bring: A side/salad/dessert for the PotLuck lunch; your own beverages (There are hand pumps in some picnic areas, and a water refill station at the Interpretive Centre), chairs and/or a blanket to sit on.

In order to make this event as green as possible, we are planning a zero-waste lunch. All participants who are coming for lunch are asked to bring their own re-usable plates and cutlery. Please also bring your beverages and any additional food products in reusable containers as much as possible. Paper napkins (100% recycled content) will be provided, but bringing your own reusable napkins would be preferred. The goal will be to have little or no waste left after lunch is done. Thank you for helping making this an earth-friendly event.

We are hoping to place some international caches for release on the day of the event to enable people to find caches in two countries on the same day without leaving the country… pretty cool! The IPG are also hoping to release some new caches for the summer so there will be caching fun available in The Gardens.

Entry and Return Requirements/Procedures at the United States and Canadian Border Crossings:

Entry fee: $20 per vehicle. (Per vehicle whether there is one person, or six, still $20 so please car pool, if you can. It will save you money!)

Prior to arriving at the gate entrance to the International Peace Garden, visitors will drive past the USA Port of Entry or the Canadian Port of Entry. You are no longer in either of these two countries. Departing the International Peace Garden, a stop is required at the Port of Entry, of the country you wish to enter. Border Services requires and records identification on all vehicle passengers. A passport (or Nexus card) is the preferred document and expedites the process however, a birth certificate and government issued ID can be used instead of a passport. The International Peace Garden does not mandate the identification requirements. View a map of the entry location.

Camping is available in the Gardens Campground, and also in nearby campgrounds (eg Adam’s, Max and Williams Lakes)

There are picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, and bike paths to explore the 2,339 acres that encompass the IPG.

See GC894X7 for complete information, updates, and to log your "Will Attend".

2019 North Dakota Geocaching Association
10th Anniversary Camping and Caching
June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2019

Load up your GPS and camping gear, invite your friends and family to join us for the 10th Anniversary of the North Dakota state wide camping and caching event located in Dickinson, North Dakota. Come for the day or camp for the weekend. This will be an event you don't want to miss.

Friday night starts with a meet and greet, and a campfire (weather permitting). Food to be provided by the NDGCA host group.

Saturday will be filled with games, caching, and prizes. Join us Saturday night for a potluck supper (bring a dish to pass and your own refreshments). Plates, plasticware, and napkins will be provided by NDGCA host group.

Sunday will conclude the weekend fun with a breakfast.

Please post a will attend

The Dickenson Convention and Vistors Bureau has generously agreed to create name tags for our event. The CVB will need your real name, caching name, and hometown for everyone in your group so the tags can be printed and ready to go when you get here. Please include that information in your will attend log or message/email i.Findit with it.

T-Shirts Available

Caching and Camping T-Shirts are available from Logo Magic Inc. in Dickenson via their online store. T-Shirts and hooded sweatshirts available in both adult and youth sizes. Orders can either be mailed (additional fee applies) or picked at the event when you register. Payment with a credit or debit card is required at the time the order is placed.

Orders must be placed by June 2, 2019.

Event Venue and Camping/Lodging Information

The event will be held at the Patterson Lake Recreation Area.

A block of campsites has been reserved at a discounted rate for NDGCA Camping and Caching attendees starting March 1st. Each person/family camping will need to call to make reservations (no discount is available if reservations are made online) and mention that you are part of the geocaching group. Campers age 60 and older will receive a 50% discount on their camping reservation.

How to access the discounted camping rate:
Call 701-456-2074 during normal business hours and tell them you are part of the geocaching group and request the discounted rate for Patterson Lake Recreation Area.
The rate for water and electricity is $13 per night.
Additional nights (besides Friday and Saturday) will also be at the lower rate.

For non-campers, there is a daily entrance fee of $2.00 per vehicle.
2019/04/12 - Updated Information: For the non-campers who wish to attend the event, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Microtel by Wyndham under the ND Geocaching Association. The rooms are $75 per night for a double/queen room. To reserve your room(s), please call the hotel directly at 701-456-2000 and state that you want a room from the ND Geocaching Association block. The rates will be honored where possible for your entire stay if you staying longer than just June 21 and 22. The block of rooms will be available until May 21 when any unreserved rooms will be returned to the hotel for use by other guests.

You can check out other nearby hotels and motels on the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Nearby Attractions and Things To Do

There are many opportunities for new and exciting adventures in and around the Dickinson area. One of them is the Medora Musical held each summer in historic Medora about 30 miles west of Dickinson off of I-94.

Another attraction in Medora is the pitchfork fondue. YES!, they actually cook steaks on pitchforks in huge pots of boiling oil!

A fun attraction near Dickinson is the Enchanted Highway. A 32 miles stretch of highway located just south of I-94 at Gladstone, ND. An added bonus to geocachers, there are caches hidden at the sculptures along the way.

Schedule of Events
All times listed are in the Mountain Timezone (UTC -7:00)

2019 NDGCA Camping and Caching Meet and Greet on Friday, June 21st.
Location: Patterson Lake Recreation Area
Coordinates: N46° 51.947 W102° 51.197
5:00PM or earlier- The fun begins. Come on in and find your campsite and set up for the weekend
6:00PM - BBQ served by host cachers
9:30PM - 11:00PM Campfire

2019 NDGCA Camping and Caching X Games on Saturday, June 22nd.
Location: Pioneer Park
Coordinates: N46° 53.686 W102° 46.850
Partial agenda:
8:00AM - Registration and Instructions for the event
8:00AM - 6:00PM Caching and games agenda to be announced
6:00PM - 8:30PM Potluck at Pioneer Park

2019 NDGCA Camping and Caching Goodbye Breakfast on Sunday, June 23rd.
Location: Pioneer Park
Coordinates: N46° 53.686 W102° 46.850
8:00AM - Breakfast at Pioneer Park
11:00AM - Event Ends