Guide to the annual "Fear Factor Live" geocaching event in Pennsylvania

AbbyMac By AbbyMac, 27th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Combining a love of geocaching and the thrill of Fear Factor creates one fun day worth remembering!

Fear Factor Live

Geocaching and the Fear Factor-- what could they possibly have in common? How about a group of people who are all crazy about caching, a little fear, a lot of gross, and a great day of food and fun for the whole family!

Fear Factor Live is a geocaching event held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in South Central Pennsylvania. The event includes a picnic lunch, games, contests, crafts, raffles and prizes. People are welcome to be involved in as much as they want, or to stand back and enjoy the show. This is one of those events that will have numerous “Kodak moments”.

Activities (of the non-fear variety)

There will be a discovery table for Geocoins and travel bugs. Write down the numbers of these trackables and record them as being discovered on Also there will be a pathtag trading table manned by an official pathtag designer.

Create your own geocaches. Supplies will be provided like camo paint, camo tape, peanut butter and mayo jars, pill bottles and log sheets to create your own caches.

There will be 50/50 raffle with a money prize and a chinese auction: numerous sponsors have donated various geocaching items for this.

An on-site geocaching store will have geocaching containers available along with swag and Fear Factor Live gear: T-shirts, water bottles, wrist bands, buttons and pathtags. Orders will be taken for a video of the event filmed by a professional videographer.

Games: Let the Fear begin

The games begin with an icebreaker, fairly tame to include everybody: Geobingo Raffle. The bingo card is filled in with different categories like: find a geocacher who “has cached in 10 different states,” “has cached by boat,” or “has more than 1,000 finds,” that type of thing. People must mill around asking others if they can sign off on any of the categories on the card-- a great introduction technique. When a person has “bingo” (5 signatures in a row) they drop the card in a bag for the raffle. After all the cards are in, winners are chosen. They must claim their prize by drawing it from the bottom of the Fear Factor tank. These prizes include geocoins and other geocaching items being closely guarded by snakes and scorpions!

Then the games really begin. They have been created to instill fear and disgust in the contestants. With names like Egg Slap, Fear Factor Milkshakes, Dirty Diaper Bubbles and Meal Time (think meal worms) the imagination will run wild! A perennial favorite is Poo Happens. Contestants must find their hidden geocache amidst a bucket of fresh horse manure, sign the log and run across the finish line: three decoys in each bucket increase the challenge!

The most talked about event is Bobbing for Body Parts. Forget the apples, you are bobbing for animal livers, kidneys, stomachs, tongues, and hearts—as many parts as you can remove with your face from the ice cold water in 30 seconds, only using your teeth. Some extra gross-out factors are promised to be added this year!

The grand finale really separates the brave souls from the fraidy cats. The Fear Factor winner is the one who consumes his share of Rocky Mountain Oysters (sheep testicles) the quickest.

This year a new dimension has been added calling all area geocaching groups (from surrounding counties and states) to send teams for a special Fear Factor team event.

Kid's Games

A toned down version of the games is available for the younger cachers. They can participate in Feel Factor, Dirty Diaper Bubbles, Egg Slap, Mommy I Swallowed a Bug and the Water Balloon War; all participants are winners.


If swallowing the gross stuff isn't your cup o' tea, plenty of free hamburgers and hotdogs are available for the choosing. People are asked to bring a side dish to share.

For the 2010 event:
Location: John Rudy County Park, York, PA
Date: September 5, 9am-6pm
There is no charge to enter the park or participate in any of the games (excluding the raffles).

More information and lots of lovely pictures of previous years can be found at:
Fear Factor Live


Fear Factor, Geocache, Geocaching

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I am a mother of two teenage girls, living on a farm where we raise award-winning Corriedale Sheep. I have homeschooled for 11 years and currently own a homeschool curriculum store. I enjoy writing about homeschooling, animals and mysteries of the ...(more)

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author avatar Retired
28th Jul 2010 (#)

It sounds like fun, but is the child in the picture grabbing raw meat from the water? Good article:)

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author avatar AbbyMac
28th Jul 2010 (#)

The photo is of a USDA inspected sheep liver in ice water. It's a quick grab and a fling--only a moment on the tongue!

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