ECRDA Club Hunts:

The Big One - May 15 & 16, 2021 - Ocean City, NJ

The ECRDA's 11th annual open-to-the-public beach hunt will welcome hundreds of detectorists to the clean, family-friendly beaches of Ocean City NJ. Your registration includes two adult hunts each day and lunch both days.

Here's the hunt flyer & registration form. Grab it now, fill it out, and mail it in. Don't miss the early-bird discounted registration. Attendance is limited to 180 detectorists.

❉ Hunts

We'll host two adult hunts each day, as well as a Kids Hunt on Saturday. We'll also hold an optional "Big Silver" hunt on Saturday, and an optional "Big Gold" hunt on Sunday. And our returning "Skill Hunt" will award a gold coin to the detectorist that correctly identifies the most targets.

❉ Prizes

As always, we'll be awarding lots of great prizes including top-of-the-line metal detectors, additional detectors, silver and gold coins (including Reales!), and much more. And there are several additional contests throughout each day.

❉ Lunch

As always, lunch is on us: pizza and sausage & peppers. We'll also supply soda and water. When you register at the Music Pier each morning, coffee & snack cakes are on us, too.

❉ Saturday: optional "Big Silver" Hunt

Our special "Big Silver" Hunt takes place on Saturday. You can register at our table that day.

❉ Sunday: optional "Big Gold" Hunt

You may also want to opt in to 0ur Gold Hunt on Sunday. You can register at our table that day.

❉Kids Hunt

As we do every year, our very popular Kids Hunt will be held on Saturday for budding treasure hunters ages 2 to 13 -- and we have plenty of helpful members who are ready to assist your kids.

While an adult must accompany their charges, only the kids need to register.

Some kids can wield a metal detector, but if they can't, our members will show the kids how it works, and then the adult will use the detector and guide the kids to find the treasures.

Every child will have his own square on the beach where he/she will find several buried treasures. (They are in sand, and are easily scooped up.) These are typically interesting-looking foreign coins which they can keep. Every child will also find a raffle ticket guaranteed to win a larger prize including toys, coins, fossils, and such... even bicycles and a detector.

Parents can register their kid(s) on Saturday morning from 9 am right up until 10:45 am (the hunt starts at 11), but you'll want to get there an hour or more earlier; every year we get more & more children. It's a very popular event!

We invite and encourage everyone to spread the word to kids' clubs and associations; it's a great way to introduce them to our fascinating hobby. As always, we will need volunteers to assist with the Kids Hunt on Saturday. If you're interested in assisting them in the hunt, you can mark the appropriate box on your registration form, or you can sign up at the event -- and you'll be entered in an exclusive contest for a gold coin for your efforts. We anticipate a great turnout, and we look forward to having you join us.

❉ Stuff You Should Know

  • The Hunts go on, rain or shine. You might want to bring rain gear for your machine, and (optionally) for yourself.
  • As always, we'll need volunteers to help out with the Kids Hunt.
  • Seating might be an issue; we have to share the available chairs. Be prepared.

❉ The Schedule

Saturday, May 15, 2021

8:00 am - Registration (1 hour)

9:15 am - Instructions for Hunt #1
9:30 am - Hunt #1 begins

10:45 - Instructions for Kids Hunt
(Our members will help kids who do not have a detector)
11:00 am - Kids Hunt begins

12:00 pm - Lunch - provided by ECRDA

1:15 pm - Instructions for Adult Hunt #2
1:30 pm - Hunt #2 begins

2:45 pm - Instructions for optional 'Big Silver' Hunt
3:00 pm - Big Silver Hunt begins

Sunday, May 16, 2021

8:30 am - Registration (1 hour)

9:45 am - Instructions for Hunt #1
10:00 am - Hunt #1 begins

11:00 am - Instructions for Optional Gold Hunt
11:15 am - Optional Gold Hunt begins

12:00 pm - Lunch - provided by ECRDA

1:15 pm - Instructions for Hunt #2
1:30 pm - Hunt #2 begins

✓ Token/prize redemption immediately following each hunt ✓ Detectors will be available for those in the Kids Hunt who do not have one ✓ Signups for the optional Hunts at the registration table

See you at the Music Pier! Set your GPS to this address:

Ocean City Music Pier
825 Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ 08226