All Scouts and other youth groups are invited to two days of adventure where they will learn and practice map and compass skills, with the option to work on orienteering related badge requirements.
Saturday's program will be skill development and practice. Scouts (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills such that they will be able to participate in Sunday's competition regardless of prior experience. Ample orienteering courses will be available for scouts to practice their orienteering skills. Saturday's "Night-O" will give scouts an exciting variation on the usual (daylight) orienteering.
Sunday's program will be the annual New England Scout Orienteering Championship competition. Scouts (as well as adults) will compete for trophies with other scouts of same gender and same rank or age level.
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–Sunday, October 29-30, 2022|
|Where:||Nobscot Scout Reservation
1 Nobscot Rd, Sudbury, MA
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 (6:00-8:00 PM) is our night orienteering challenge. Take your orienteering skills to a new level when the landscape is dark!
Sunday: The New England Scout Orienteering Championship!
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 9, 2022 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 well before the deadline. Early registration is encouraged.
Saturday: $12 (includes patch, practice course, instruction if requested, & Night-O)
Sunday: $12 (includes patch, championship, trophies to winning teams)
Both days: $20
PATCHES: Free custom designed event patches will be given to the first 400 registered and paid.
REFUNDS: Because of the up front facility fee and 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.
CAMPING: Book and pay for tent sites, lean-tos, and cabins on the Mayflower Council Reservation page. To avoid problems, make your camping reservation as soon as you have received your Scout-O payment confirmation.
CONCESSION: Drinks (hot and cold), hot dogs and snacks (candy, etc.) may be available.
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 at no cost 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.
If you plan to attend, please let Karen know by Oct. 18.
Date/Location: Saturday, October 22, 9:00-11:00 AM at Nobscot Reservation.
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 29, 2022
- 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.
- 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 6:00 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 Championship
|White (with Shadow)||Age 6-10||Age 6-10|
|White (no Shadow)||Age 11-12||Age 11-12|
|Yellow||Age 13-14||Age 13-14|
|Orange||Age 15-17||Age 15-17|
|Yellow (first-time adult)||Age 18 & older|
|Orange (adult)||Age 18 & older|
Rules of competition
- Age 17 & under compete in pairs (or three some if odd number).
- Age 10 & under require a shadow. (Adult following but not helping).
- Age 18 & older compete solo.
- Mixed gender teams must choose either to compete in Male division or Female division before starting.
- No gender designation for age 18 & older (one class for both male and female).
- Age 18 & older on Yellow course is for first-time competitors.
- Any exceptions to the above are non-competitive.