Operation Clear Field combines a service-themed scavenger hunt with competitive Ingress gameplay at hundreds of landmarks and parks nationwide.
If you haven't already, learn more about Operation Clear Field here: https://www.goruck.com/ingress-operation-clear-field/
What is special about the Operation Clear Field events held in national parks?
Niantic, the makers of Ingress and Pokémon GO, have partnered with the National Park Foundation and GORUCK to bring special Operation Clear Field events. All registration fees will be donated to the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.
What makes these events “Ingress” related?
You will form teams with your fellow Resistance or Enlightened or XFAC friends for some good old-fashioned competition, exercise, and fun. You will have Ingress-themed objectives to complete and you will try to earn 1st or 2nd place.
How long do the Operation Clear Field events last?
Usually 4 to 5 hours
What is the service component, or charity component, to these events?
Each event will have at least one team objective to complete that involves a service action to a park or public space in the city/town where the event will take place.
Are Ingress missions included?
Completing a mission or series of missions MAY be a part of your “Task List” (you receive your Task List at the Start Point), be prepared with your Scanner, just in case.
What level do I need to be to participate?
Any level of Ingress can participate.
Are children or minors allowed to participate?
Yes, minors are permitted if accompanied by an adult. Specific to the Niantic OCF events held at national parks, children under 10 can participate free of admission. To earn the scanner badge, registration (which includes a donation to the National Park Foundation) is required.
How does my team “score points” and win?
You'll create an Instagram account for your team, with your team name. Only one person needs to run it per team and we suggest that the person running it has an unlimited data plan.
You will use your team’s Instagram account and photograph/video your team accomplishing different tasks, which you will tag with the GORUCK/Ingress account (@goruckingress).
GORUCK will score your submissions, and at the end, the team with the highest points total wins the coveted Gold Patch. 2nd place wins Silver.
Is there any weight requirement or special training required?
There is no ruck or team weight requirement for this event.
How will the teams be split up for the OCF Scavenger events?
Teams are made by the players, beforehand or on site, in groups of 5 to 10. You don't need to pre-register your team, that will all be taken care of at the event. However, you will need to register as an individual, and more information on that is below.
If you attend without a team, no worries, as the Cadre will work you into one of the already formed teams. We just require a minimum of three teams for each Operation Clear Field event.
Larger events connected with XM Anomalies and Mission Days will have additional instructions.
What will the gameplay be like?
You and your small team (RES, ENL, or XFAC) get an old school paper task list from an on-the-ground GORUCK rep. Your team then strategically plans to earn the most points and explore the best spots around, Ingressing and Instagramming and earning "Cool Points" as you go. The task list could include Ingress portals, points of interest, historic sites and trails, other teams, and much more, including quick impact service actions -- the more creative, the better!
Is there walking involved? Do I need to wear a ruck + weight plate? Can anyone do this?
Yes, there is walking involved, but you can anticipate it will be less walking than an Anomaly. Your play box is as big or as small as you want to make it, with respect to local laws and park rules. Everyone is encouraged to play at their own pace and join the fun. No weight, plate, or bricks are required, but rucks/backpacks are encouraged.
What do I get for completing this? Is there a patch or scanner badge involved?
First and Second place winning teams will earn a gold or silver Operation Clear Field patch. Niantic will also be awarding all registered participants with a shiny Operation Clear Field scanner badge. The scanner badge will be pushed out after the event.
This sounds like fun. How do I find out where and when this is happening? Do I need to register?
Yes, you need to register to play and to receive the scanner badge. There is a fee of $25 + $5 insurance fee to register, with all proceeds going to the National Parks Foundation.
To find the event and registration page nearest you, go here: https://www.goruck.com/find-an-event?etid=6#gr-eventMapTitle
Registration for Operation Clear Field events held during anomalies or Mission Days will be available on Niantic’s events site.
Since all registration fees will be donated to the National Parks Foundation, Operation Clear Field event registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.