SUMMER TRAINING: Do you want to join some summer training in the Boston area on Thursday evenings? Check out the details (with contact info for organizer Nils P.). Training will be low-key (meaning: no controls but streamers; streamers will be placed by the first starter or in tandem; ...). Each session will have a specific focus (contours, route choice, control picking, compass work, ...). We will try to offer a long and short option wherever it makes sense. (If there's interest in a kid's course, please reach out to the course setter of the specific date and we'll work something out.) Information of the upcoming training will be shared one week in advance via e-mail or WhatsApp. Weekly sign-up is mandatory so we can be sure to comply with landowner rules and have enough maps printed!
What: Technical orienteering training
When: Thursday evenings, 6pm
Where: in the parks and forests in the Boston area
Who: Orienteers with a basic or advanced skill set (it's technical training, not a race!)
FALL NRE - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED This coming October 7-8, NEOC hosts the New England Championships at Wells State Park in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. It is a two-day "classic distance" NRE, with both days at the same venue. It's a great opportunity for us to connect with the wider orienteering community, run on some high-quality maps in challenging terrain, and to come together as a club. Why not make a weekend of it and camp at the park? You can book your own site through Reserve America, or if you would like to stay in the group camping site (space for 15 people), email Kristin Hall. Putting on an event of this size requires a lot of volunteers. "Many hands make light work!" is definitely the case here! We'll need lots of folks to help out during the two days of the event (more on that in the next Update), but we also need a few people to take on various jobs in preparation. Most of these roles don't require previous experience with National Ranking Events—just folks with good organizational skills, or event planning experience, or artistic talent! If you are interested and able to take on any of the following roles, please email event director, Kristin Hall.
Refreshments lead (purchase and manage post-race refreshments)
Parking lead (work with the meet director to create a parking plan, and implement)
Graphic Design (for simple awards and perhaps publicity)
Awards (coordinate with the event director to purchase small mementos and local food awards)
"Comfort" lead (research porta-potty options and book, work with event director to arrange receiving)
Group Camping "Hospitality" (stay at the group camping, arrive early, check in fellow group-campers)
Many hands make light work — Volunteer!
Contact a Meet Director or Board member. NEOC is an all-volunteer organization.