You'll find lots of information on the Orienteering USA website.
NEOC's Bring-your-own-map (BYOM) courses allow "punching" by smartphone. This article explains how to use it.
QR-code orienteering (a.k.a. QRienteering) lets you use your smartphone to record your visit to each orienteering control on a course. If you are experienced with e-punching, you will find QRienteering very similar to use.
COVID caution: Please do not touch the control flags or QR codes. They are not sanitized.
Your phone will need an internet connection while orienteering. Go to the Start location with your course map, compass, and phone. There you will find QR codes labeled Registration, Start, and Finish. (Note that Finish may be at a remote location, shown on your map.)
Want to run another course? Repeat from step 1 above.
You will need a smartphone that can access the internet while you're in the woods. Also, you may need to install an app to read QR codes.
A QR code is a way of entering a web address into your phone's browser. Reading a QR code is generally as simple as pointing your phone's camera at the "mottled square" symbol (and maybe clicking a prompt to visit the encoded website).
Test your phone on this QR code, which will load the NEOC homepage in your phone's browser:
by Lydia O’Connell, age 10
I sprinted to the first control/flag and stuck my finger thing in it. Yes! One down, 10 to go. I really got the hang of it after the first control. I was orienteering with my family and I was on a Yellow. I got the time of 68 minutes and something seconds. After that I challenged my brother to a White. And he accepted. He won by a measly 1 minute and 30 seconds. Life is unfair.
Haven't used e-punch before? This photo guide will show you what to expect. Click a photo to read the details.
If you have a NEOC "loaner" finger-stick, be sure to return it before you leave.