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isabel2017The U.S. Junior team is currently in Finland, preparing for the Junior Orienteering World Championships (JWOC), July 9-16.

Follow the adventures of NEOC member Isabel Bryant (right) and the rest of the Juniors on their team blog as they face the world's best 20-and-under orienteers!

The 2017 Boston Sprint Camp is a go! 

June 8 - June 11 2017 

We heard your requests last year for more racing, and we are delivering, with not only more racing but also more formats. The Sprint World Championships will have a team sprint and a knock-out sprint, and now so do we! This promises for even more fast-paced racing action, with great spectating/heckling opportunities. 

We have finally received verbal permission (waiting on the final touches of the written permit) to race at Minuteman National Historical Park, where you'll get the opportunity to race among the open battles of the American Revolution first-hand! We'll have time in the schedule to visit some of the sites and monuments - this is an opportunity not to be missed! 

Boston Sprint Camp is a great opportunity for everyone from elite orienteers heading off to international competitions to your weekend warrior looking to beat his buddy next time they meet in the woods. The skills we will teach and you will practice are applicable across a broad range of orienteering puzzles, and will yield quicker decisions, better map-reading, and better orienteering race habits, all of which leads to faster results and more fun! 

Thursday and Friday will be focused on skills, with a park-o style race in the evening. Saturday and Sunday will fill your days with racing, including a sprint relay and a knock-out sprint. We have two brand-new venues for your sprinting delights, and as always, your entry fee includes lunch from delicious local eateries. Can we say smoothies? 

And of course, on Sunday - the winner gets pie! 

Registration is open! 

Sprint Camp: $130 
Sprint Camp Lite: $70 (weekend-only) 

Can't wait to see you!

218Congratulations to the top-ranked trail orienteers who will represent the U.S. at this year's World Trail Orienteering Championships (WTOC). The WTOC '17 will take place in Lithuania from July 10-15.

Mika Latva-Kokko is a longtime NEOC member and past member of NEOC's Board of Directors. This is his second year on the U.S. Trail-O team.

2017 Trail-O Team Roster

  • Karl Ahlswede (DVOA)
  • Steve Beuerman (BAOC)
  • Joe Brautigam (WCOC)
  • Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
  • Clare Durand (LAOC)
  • Richard H. Ebright (DVOA)
  • Richard Y. Ebright (DVOA)
  • Mika Latva-Kokko (NEOC)
  • Mike Poulsen (CROC)

PaulPearson 2010BGoatWe recently received news of the passing of Paul Pearson.

Paul was a long-time member of NEOC's Board of Directors, where all members benefitted from his knowledge and judgment. For many years, Paul managed NEOC's presence in Connecticut. Most recently, he handled map requests for our permanent courses.

Paul was a gifted instructor and OUSA "Navigation Certified Coach." He often drew the distinction between "compassing" (blindly following a bearing) and "orienteering."

NEOC sends our condolences to Paul's wife, Sue, and their family.

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