All Scouts are invited to a day of Orienteering. It will be a day of outdoor adventure as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts, and Webelos Cub Scouts learn and practice map and compass skills as well as work on orienteering related badge requirements.

When:              Saturday, April 22, 2017

Where:Hale Reservation, Westwood Mass.

Saturday's program will emphasize skill development, training, and practice. Scouts (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills such that they will be able to orienteer through the woods on their own. Ample orienteering courses will be available for scouts to practice their orienteering skills.

Boy Scouts can complete First Class requirement #2 (orienteering) as well as many requirements for the Orienteering" Merit Badge.  Note: for requirement 8, Meet Planning, contact Bruce Wester by April 2, 2017

For first time orienteers, an experienced instructor will be assigned to work with you and your group and help Scouts learn skills and pass requirements.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: All Scout groups must pre-register and pre-pay.

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 2, 2017.  We need the time to print maps and assemble a packet of materials in advance.

Enrollment limited to 400 Scouts. Note: This event may fill to capacity before the registration deadline. Early registration encouraged.

Costs: $7.00 per person (scouts and adults).

REFUNDS: Because the courses are preprinted on your maps, we cannot give refunds after the registration deadline.  

WE GO RAIN OR SHINE.  Maps are in plastic bags.  Scouts should dress for the weather.  Only a severe weather alert may cancel the event.  It’s up to the unit leader’s discretion whether to participate or not when the weather is less than ideal. 

Arrival Times (for program): Boy Scouts and Cadette/Senior Girl Scouts are encouraged to select 9:30 or 10:00 A.M. arrival. Cub Scouts and Junior Girl Scouts are encouraged to select 10:30 A.M. or 11:00.  When time slots become full, your troop will be given a different arrival time.

Departure Times: Depends on your group and the day. Generally, not later than 3:00 P. M.

Waiver of Liability: Make copies of the enclosed Waiver of Liability as needed for your group. Each participant must bring a signed Waiver of Liability. Bring this with you to the meet and hand in at check-in.  Scouts that arrive without a Waiver signed by their parent or guardian may not be allowed to participate. 

In addition, each Scout troop should secure their own customary Boy Scout Tour Permit or Girl Scout Troop Activity Application.

Camping: Contract Hale Reservation directly at (781) 326-1770

Concession: Probably not (Permit required from Board of Health).

Parking: Off-street parking is limited. Car-pooling is encouraged.

Leader Training: Tentative date and location:  10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Hale Reservation.

Prepare yourselves for orienteering, and be better able to help your Scouts. N.E.O.C. will conduct a training clinic for Scout leaders. Free and open to all Scout leaders willing to help guide their group at the Hale Reservation Scout-O. Attendance is not required, but all leaders are invited and encouraged to come. Training lasts about 3 hours, maybe a little longer if weather is favorable, and less if it is not.

Help Out:  We need volunteers to help during the event.  We typically need a few adults to staff start and finish tables for a few hours during the event, and a troop of energetic Scouts to help pick up courses at the end of the day.  We also may need help with parking early in the day.   Troops larger than 10 are expected to provide one adult volunteer.  Assignments to be made with the confirmation. 

Contacts: for questions and additional information: 

Registrar                  Meet Director 
 Bud O'Leary   Sal Spada 
 (978) 886-1371 (cell)    (339) 237-0500
 (978) 470-3630 (home)    
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