All Scouts are invited to a weekend of Orienteering. It will be a weekend of outdoor adventure as Scouts BSA, Venture Scouts, and Girl Scouts learn and practice map and compass skills as well as work on orienteering related badge requirements. This event is organized by the all-volunteer, non-profit New England Orienteering Club (NEOC) to introduce youth to map and compass skills and the sport of Orienteering.
|When:||Saturday, October 26, 2019 and Sunday, October 27, 2019.|
|Where:||Nobscot Scout Reservation
1 Nobscot Rd, Sudbury, MA
|Cost:||$12 per person per day|
Registration deadline:October 6, 2019, but often fills to capacity weeks earlier
Saturday Morning: Youth groups (must have at least two adults) will arrive Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11 AM, pick up their packets, and go out on their 1st course (with an instructor, if requested at registration). Youth (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills such that they will be able to orienteer through the woods on their own. Additional orienteering courses at 3 different levels will be available to practice orienteering skills, with the last groups going out at 2 PM. You may do as many courses as you wish prior to the courses closing at 3 PM.
Saturday Night: Night-O (approximately 6:30-8:30 pm) is our night orienteering challenge. Take your orienteering skills to a new level when the landscape is dark!
Sunday: Annual New England Scout Orienteering Championship competition. Arrive starting around 8:30 am to register for a start time between 9 and 11 am. Scout groups from the same troop will be given start times roughly 10 mins apart. Scouts (as well as adults) will compete for trophies with other scouts of same gender and same rank or age level. First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded to the best in each class.
New to Orienteering? First time at Scout-O? Leaders/other adults are highly encouraged to attend Leader Training before the event to learn how to orienteer and ask any questions.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: All scout groups must pre-register and pre-pay.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 6, 2019 or 400 Scouts, whichever comes first. We need the time to print maps and assemble a packet of materials in advance.
Note: This event usually fills to capacity before the deadline. Early registration encouraged. Registrations received after the event is filled will be returned.
COSTS: $12.00 per person (Scouts and adults) per person per day. Only adults who want a map and patch on Saturday, or who are competing in the Leader Class on Sunday, need register and pay.
PATCHES: Free custom designed event patches will be given to the first 400 registered and paid.
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. It’s up to the unit leader’s discretion whether to participate or not when the weather is less than ideal.
RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Make copies of the waiver as needed for your group. Each participant must have their own signed Release and Waiver of Liability. Bring with you to the meet and hand in at check-in.
CONCESSION: Drinks (hot and cold), hot dogs and snacks (candy, etc.) will be available both days.
PARKING: Off street parking is limited. Car-pooling is encouraged.
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.
LEADER TRAINING: Learn about orienteering and how to teach orienteering skills to Scouts. Open to all Scout leaders willing to help guide their group at the Nobscot Reservation Scout-O. Attendance not mandatory, but all leaders and adults are encouraged to attend.
Date/Location: Wells State Park, Sturbridge, MA. 9:30-11:30 AM, Sunday September 29, 2019.
CONTACTS for questions and additional information:
|Karen Yeowell||Pete Lane|
|(508) 395-9473 (cell)||(774) 249-9649|
Scout Orienteering Training, and Skill Building on Saturday October 26, 2019
- Start Program Times: Webelos and Junior Girl Scouts are encouraged to select 10:30 AM. or 11:00 AM start program times. Venture Scouts, Scouts BSA and Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts are encouraged to select 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM; if your selected timeslot is full, you will be given the next available time slot.
- Departure Times (if not staying over): Depends on your group and the day. Generally, not later than 3:00 PM.
Try a variation of the traditional foot orienteering. Bring your headlamp and flashlight (as well as compass and whistle) for an adventure after dark. Registration at 6:30 PM, mass start at 7:00 PM, ending around 8:00 PM. This part of the weekend will be open to NEOC members and the general public as well as Scouts.
New England Scout Orienteering Competition on Sunday October 27, 2019
- All Scouts should compete in pairs (or a threesome if an odd number).
- While it is preferable that younger Scouts (such a Webelos and Junior Girl Scouts) also compete in pairs, they may compete in small groups (3 to 4). Younger Scouts must have an adult “shadowing”. That is, following but not helping.
- Adults should compete individually. Adult leaders with orienteering experience should compete on the Orange Course. Adult leaders who have do not have orienteering experience should compete on the Yellow Course.
- Course selection and awards will be based on the highest rank or level in each pair or threesome:
Boys: Webelos and Tenderfoot Scouts BSA White Course Boys: Second and First Class Scouts BSA Yellow Course Boys: Star and Life Scouts BSA and Venture Orange Course Girls: Webelos and Tenderfoot Scouts BSA & Junior Girl Scouts White Course Girls: Second and First Class Scouts BSA & Cadette Girl Scouts Yellow Course Girls: Star & Life Scouts BSA, Venture, & Senior Girl Scouts Orange Course Adult leaders without orienteering experience Yellow Course Adult leaders with orienteering experience Orange Course
- Note: Orange course is designed for older scouts who have orienteered previously. If scouts are new to orienteering, then strongly suggest doing the Yellow course as a non- competitor.
- Scouts compete only once. Scouts should not do an additional course on Sunday.
- Sunday registration opens at 8:30. First teams start at 9:00.
- Award ceremony as soon as results are tabulated, usually around 1 pm at Legion Hall.