Since Leap Day only comes about once every four years, people planning Leap Day geocaching events often find themselves scratching their heads. What to do on a holiday that has no widely-recognized established traditions?
That’s the beauty of Leap Day—you can make your own traditions! You have free reign over how your Leap Day event goes. But with all that power comes responsibility, so check out these five tips for making your Leap Day event spectacular.
1. Pick a color theme
Geocaching HQ picked blue and yellow. Why? We’re not sure. Perhaps it was because these colors spoke to us louder than the other colors were speaking to us. Leap Day is a time for whimsy, a day to do all the things you wouldn’t do on a normal day. Like talking to colors. That’s not normal.
2. Make sure there’s food
We’re not saying the event host should provide all the food for the event. But food does make a lot of events more fun. As the event host, you can use your event page to coordinate the guests who offer to bring food to share. Geocaching HQ decided to have a taco bar—in traditional Leap Day fashion!
3. Games that everyone will enjoy
Having a time and space for people to simply chat with each other around a table of food is great—that should definitely happen at a geocaching event. But sometimes that environment can be intimidating for newbie geocachers. Consider setting up some games or activities that provide a bit of structure for interactions between strangers. Not everyone is a social butterfly. Some of us are shy stick insects and reclusive rice weevils.
4. Make up a Leap Day tradition
We turned a bunch of leftover plastic bowls into “traditional” Leap Day hats, and invited people to decorate them. People were surprisingly willing to walk around with plastic dinnerware on their heads, and it made for great conversation.
5. Photo opportunities
Set aside a spot at your event to make a “photo wall”, where people can pose with geocaching or Leap Day-themed props. Better yet, if one person is a dedicated photographer, the photos can be shared in the cache gallery later.