Formally known as Challenger’s Geocache Rally for 7 years, The Amazing Geo-Challenge On the Kenai, is the same exciting fundraiser back by popular demand by Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, with even more community involvement and massive challenges bringing you all around Alaska’s playground!  
Thank you Premium Sponsors!
     

September 18, 2021

All Day Event

Event Check-in 8:15 am

Including After Hours Banquet

Silent Auction & Prizes

Food & Drinks

WHAT

The Amazing Geo-Challenge On the Kenai

 is an exciting way to get out and about with coworkers, employees, or friends and family- get a team together and join a day of adventure!  It is an all hands-on, real-world treasure hunt, geocache meets The Great Amazing Race, devised by Challenger Learning Center of Alaska’s Flight Directors. Teams travel up and down the great Kenai Peninsula, locating caches via GPS, and solving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenges in a fun and friendly competition.  Great for beginners or experienced cachers. 

WHY

Challenger’s annual action-packed geo event is a fun and casual way to support a serious and important mission, educating our youth. CLCA serves communities, homeschoolers, and schools statewide with onsite, virtual, traveling, and outreach educational opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.  Their vision is to strengthen workforce development by delivering stimulating, hands-on, relevant programs to Alaskans and inspire students to pursue higher education and careers within STEM fields. Education in this manner is exceptionally important with an increase in online learning, causing a disconnect between students and the standardized curriculum. At the same time, career fields are getting more competitive and STEM-based jobs are on the rise, as technology quickly advances. Teachers express their continued support in Challenger’s educational services, as a needed supplement in their classroom curriculum, that brings topics to life and gives students real-life confidence to pursue S.T.E.M. subjects in correlating careers. 

Community is important to Challenger, as it is the core part of our mission and how they can continue to deliver education through sponsorships. Throughout the Amazing Geo-Challenge, teams will visit a variety of local shops around the Kenai to find their cache and complete STEM challenges. On your journey please take note of what these local businesses offer, feel free to pause and buy something small and revisit them again.

Proceeds

Money raised through the Amazing Geo-Challenge, will go directly toward Challenger’s education programs, as well as a percentage of funds raised will go directly to The Kenai Chamber’s youth scholarship program. Every year the Kenai Chamber of Commerce selects four students from the Kenai Central High School and 4 students from Nikiski High School to receive the scholarship. This opportunity gives eight students the chance to higher education, uplifting Alaska’s college community and career prospects, keeping growing industries local. The total amounts of the scholarships rely on funds raised by various events put on by the Kenai Chamber.

As a stand-alone facility, CLCA relies on fundraisers, earned revenue, grants, and generous supporters to continue launching its mission throughout the state.  Your contributions will allow Challenger’s influential youth programs to continue. 

Partners

Event Partner: Kenai Chamber of Commerce
Thank you to our Wonderful Sponsors who make it possible for us to do this event!
Galactic Gold Sponsor: ConocoPhillips
Community Sponsors: Northrim Bank
Peninsula Community Health Services
Heather and Heather Screen Printing
                                 
 
Detailed information is below. If you have additional questions please contact
colette.gilmour@akchallenger.org (907)283-2000
  • Event Day
  • Become A Sponsor
  • Register A Team
  • Host A Location

Challenger's 8th Annual Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai Event Day Details

Timeline

Check-in: Starts at 8:15 am at Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai AK 99611

Coffee and light breakfast treats

Pick up Team T-Shirts & Provided To-Go Lunch

Rules Briefing

Race starts: 9:00 am

4:00 pm Deadline for teams to arrive back at Challenger Center, to turn in worksheets. Check-in with Colette Gilmour

Banquet Doors Open: 6:00 pm

Race Rules:

There will be a total of 12 caches, a mixture of traditional caches, and caches with challenges to solve along the way. You may even run into a roadblock or detour challenge! Follow the applicable challenge directions; we ask you to bring something back or take video/photo as proof your team has completed the challenge. For the banquet slide show please send any pictures and/or videos you take along the way to, colette.gilmour@akchallenger.org or message/tag on Facebook @CLCAlaksa, Instagram @akclca 

  1. Leave cache exactly as you found it for the next cachers
  2. If you take something from the cache, you must replace it with something of equal or greater value.
  3. All local laws apply
  4. Geocaches are never buried
  5. Obtain the landowner's permission before hiding/finding caches
  6. Geocaches are not placed in restricted, prohibited, or otherwise inappropriate locations
  7. Physical elements of different caches should be at least .10 mile apart
  8. Geocaches are allowed in space, other planets, and spacecrafts

 

Mad Science Banquet

September 18, 2021 at 6pm 

Open to the public, tickets are now available for purchase.

You do not have to participate in the GeoChallenge to come to the Banquet!
It will be a  "Scientifically Mad" time!

Who said adults can't play?! Join Challenger Learning Center of Alaska for an evening to celebrate youth education. This fundraiser supports STEM education, inspiring our next generation to pursue a highly competitive career in an ever-changing industry.

There will be chances to win prizes, a silent auction, dinner, drinks, science demonstrations, experiments, and table games! Proceeds go directly to Challenger Learning Center's education programs and The Kenai Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund.

 

To purchase your tickets call Challenger (907) 283-2000 or The Kenai Chamber (907) 283-1991

Ticket Price $50   Must buy tickets in advance. (If your team participated in the geo-challenge event during the day, you receive free admission to the evening banquet!)

Doors Open at 6 pm for a cocktail hour

Dinner and activities Start at 7 pm 

Be a Sponsor for the most educational and interactive event on the Kenai!

An Amazing Geo-Challenge sponsor means supporting youth education from the central peninsula area to all communities around Alaska. This two event fundraiser (geocache race and banquet) raises money and awareness for S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through Challenger Learning Center of Alaska's hands-on learning programs and the Kenai Chamber's scholarship fund.

The Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai is also about community and partnership. Challenger, as a non-profit, values the importance of community support. We recognize many businesses are struggling during these trying times which is why we want to foster positive relations and provide initiatives to promote our sponsors and local businesses. Besides providing the marketing benefits, a geo-challenge team, and tickets to the banquet mentioned at each sponsorship level, we want to ask how else we can help you. What can we do to most benefit you in being a sponsor?

If you can't be a sponsor this year, there are other ways to participate. Signing your employees up as a team is a great way for team building and comic relief! We are also looking for in-kind donations as prizes and silent auction items at the evening banquet. This would be perfect to showcase your products and services!

Sponsorship Levels

Pulsar Platinum Sponsor – $10,000      

  • Company distinguished as Event Sponsor on all forms of publicity including adv. materialssocial media, and website. 
  • Banner on Challenger website linking to your company website. 
  • Company provided banner placed in predominate location during event. 
  • Company name printed on Geocache T-shirts. 
  • Geocache and banquet team entry for up to four. 

Galactic Gold Sponsors – $5,000 

  • Company distinguished as Sponsor on all forms of publicity including adv. materials, social media, and website. 
  • Logo on Challenger website linking to your company website. 
  • Company name printed on Geocache T-shirts. 
  • Geocache and banquet team entry for up to four. 

Solar Silver Sponsor – $3,000 

  • Company distinguished as Sponsor on all forms of publicity includingadv. materials, social media, and website. 
  • Company name printed on Geocache T-shirts.
  • Geocache and banquet team entry for up to four. 

Borealis Bronze Sponsor – $2,500                

  • Company distinguished as Sponsor on all forms of publicity including, adv. materials, social media, and website. 
  • Geocache and banquet team entry for up to four. 

Quasar Quartz Sponsors – $1,000 

  • Company distinguished as Sponsor on all printed forms of publicity. 
  • Geocache and banquet team entry for up to four. 

 Community Sponsor- $500 

  • I’d like to donate to NOT attend the event, just because we support CLCA! 
  • Company distinguished as a sponsor on all forms of media including social media and website. 
We appreciate your support and contribution! 

Team Registration Now Open!

Compete against other businesses, multiple teams within your business, or with your friends and family! It's a race to find all the geocaches and complete all the STEM Challenges and win prizes!

$400/Team

As a team (up to 4 people) in the Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai, You get:

  • A full day of geocaching and challenge activities
  • Event T-shirts
  • Lunch
  • Entry into the evening Banquet
  • Dinner
  • Prizes and silent auction
  • Science demonstrations and games

For business advertising opportunities and event perks sign up to be a Sponsor!

We will call you after you register for payment information and confirmation.

Local Businesses YOU can host as a cache & challenge site!

Local support, community, and partnership are important to Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. For our education fundraiser this year, The Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai, we want to incorporate more local aspects into the race. We are looking for local businesses to host a location, which will bring people to your door and give your valued service extra exposure. If you do not have a customer-friendly building, we can also assign you a park location to set up!

The Amazing Geo-Challenge is to raise awareness and money for educational S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs Challenger provides for students, teachers, and homeschoolers across the state, as well as raise money for the Kenai Chamber’s scholarship program. Our vision is to strengthen workforce development by delivering stimulating, real-world activities to Alaskans and inspire students to pursue higher education and careers within a growing and competitive S.T.E.M. fields.

Challenger, as a non-profit, recognizes many businesses are struggling during these trying times and we want to foster positive relations and provide initiatives to promote our sponsors and local businesses. We want to ask how else we can help you. What can we do to most benefit you in being a geo-challenge location host? There are a limited number of designated sites to be assigned and selected sites need to be appropriately spaced out along the race area with enough space at the location for multiple people, cache hiding, and activities. All you need to do is fill out the form below, place a bid amount of how much you'd like to donate for this event opportunity, and we will call to let you know if you have one of the top 8 location bids.

Besides bringing the event participants to your business and taking part in an exciting day, as a thank you, you and a plus one will receive entry to the Mad Science Banquet in the evening. It will be a “scientifically mad” good time, with dinner, science demonstrations, games, science experiments, silent auction, drinks, and prizes!

We hope you can join us! Your contributions will allow Challenger to continue delivering affordable, innovative programs and inspire the workforce of tomorrow. If you can't be a host this year, there are other ways to participate. Signing your employees up as a team is a great way for team building and comic relief! We are also looking for in-kind donations as prizes and silent auction items. This would be perfect to showcase your products and services!

Regular admission for the Geo-Challenge is $400 for a team of 4, includes a full day of geo activities, lunch, t-shirt, prizes, entry into the banquet, and dinner. Separate tickets for just the banquet fundraiser are $50/each.

(Shhh) Remember...If you are requesting to become a designated location make sure to keep it secret!

What is S.T.E.M?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM curriculum blends these subjects in order to teach 21st-century skills or tools students need to have to succeed in the workplace of the “future.” This can include being able to solve problems, find and use evidence, collaborate on projects, and think critically.
Learn more at http://www.ed.gov/stem

What is a Geocache?

A geocache is an item, typically a container holding a number of other items, that has been hidden at a location whose coordinates have been posted on the internet. This is a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of the cache which they search for with a GPS device.
Learn more at http://www.geocaching.com