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Scout-O orienteering - October 26, 2014 (signup deadline Oct 16)

What: Scout-O orienteering
When: October 26, 2014
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Cost: $17
Activity Coordinator: Mike Galles

What is Orienteering?  Orienteering utilizes a map and compass to navigate a course through unfamiliar terrain.  Participants locate a series of points shown on a specialized topographical map, choosing routes—on or off trail— that will help them find all the points and get to the finish in the shortest amount of time.  People of all ages enjoy orienteering as a leisurely walk in the woods or as a competitive cross-country race.  The Bay Area Orienteering Club welcomes newcomers, and offers both beginner courses suitable for both individuals and families, and advanced courses that challenge the technical and physical capabilities of individuals and small teams.

What is the Scout-O? The Bay Area Orienteering Club is pleased to offer the 22nd Annual Scout-O, a cross country map and compass adventure designed to test the map reading ability, compass skills and woodsman savvy of any troop regardless of size or experience. Five different courses are available depending on your skill level. Scouts will compete in teams of 2 or 3, please list your teammates on the signup form. Bring a compass! Prizes will be awarded for the best teams and troops, participation patches will be passed out. More details here.

What to bring: 3 liters of drinking water, brown bag lunch, and a compass. Wear your Troop 33 T-Shirt, long pants (to protect from poison oak)  sturdy trail shoes, hat, sunscreen and/or rain gear. This event runs rain-or-shine

Morning Event

Scouts will compete against other scouts with the same orienteering experience. Four courses will be offered in the morning event:

Course 1    Webelos and first year scouts, or scouts with very little (less than 2) prior orienteering experiences.

                    Webelos and scouts can run in groups of 2–6 with an adult advisor who should follow his or her group, not lead it.

Course 2    First class scouts, or scouts with minimal (2 to 5) orienteering experiences: Compete in buddy-pairs.

Course 3    Older scouts, or scouts with substantial (more than 5) orienteering experiences: Compete in buddy-pairs.

Course 4    Advanced, experienced orienteers of any rank. Scouts run in buddy pairs on a typical Orienteering USA Orange-level course.

Adults        All leaders and parents are invited to compete on a course similar to, but separate from, Course 3

                  They may run in groups or alone. Leaders/parents should also pre-register. Leader results are for bragging rights only, and will not affect troop scoring.

Afternoon Event

All scouts can compete in a troop event in the afternoon. Both morning and afternoon events will contribute to the troop total score to determine the troop championship.

Hint: The more scouts that attend from a given troop, the better the troop usually does.


Meet at LAUMC on Sunday morning, 10/26, at 7:30AM.
Drive to the park takes about 1 hour 10 minutes.
Course instructions begin at 9AM at Briones Park, events being at 10AM for the morning course and 1PM for the afternoon course. We will have lunch between courses.
We will return to LAUMC around 4:30PM.

Driving Directions:   Registration will be at the West entrance to the park, off of Bear Creek Road.  To get there, take route 24 West from 680.  Exit at Orinda heading North on Camino Pablo.  After about 2 miles, turn right on Bear Creek Road.  After about 3.5 miles, the park entrance will be on your right (don’t be fooled by the parking area on the left – that’s not it), and is well sign-posted.  There is a charge of approximately $5.00 for parking.  

Bay Area Orienteering Club


Mike Galles,
Sep 22, 2014, 9:54 AM
Judy Bergwerk,
Oct 27, 2014, 10:18 PM