October 4, 1998
See below Regular Event Original Announcement & Scout O' Event Original Announcement
MEET DIRECTOR'S NOTES
NEW MAP!!!! Yahoo.
Color Distance Climb Navigational Physical [km] [m] difficulty difficulty Start-O' 0.2 10 Very Easy Very Easy White 2.8 130 Easy Easy Yellow 3.2 140 Easy Easy Orange 3.5 160 Moderate Moderate Brown 3.6 200 Hard Moderate Green 4.3 240 Hard Hardish Red 5.0 290 Hard Hard Blue 6.4 390 Hard Very hard
The new map is wonderful - a huge improvement over the old one! Briones is a lot less daunting now. All maps are pre-marked.
The start is about 800m from the parking lot, on the trail. Follow the streamers - it takes 10 minutes to get there.
The scout-o will overlap the white, yellow and some of the orange courses. Please be tolerant. Also, remember that horses have the right of way, and try not to scare them.
The star thistles are still heavy, and have bloomed late. The rain has softened them substantially. Nevertheless, there is still enough thistle trouble to warrant full leg covering. There is poison oak - mainly large stalks and areas of ankle-high plants. The terrain is rough. You will need good strong shoes, and advanced courses need good cleats.
Registration will be at the north entrance to the park, off of Alhambra Valley Road. To get there, take route 24 west from 680 or east from 80. Exit at Pleasant Hill Road heading north. At the third light, turn left on Reliez Valley Road. After about 4 or 5 miles, the park entrance will be on your left and is well signposted. There is a charge of $3.50 for parking. Please car-pool if possible.
Registration for regular o will be open from about 9:00. First start is at 10:00, last start at 12:30.
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help (pleeeeeease!), I can be contacted via (510)934-6567 or e-mail Gavin_Wyatt-Mairkacc.com
We will have a new, IOF-standard OCAD map of the portion of Briones being used for this years meet! Hooray! Bob Cooley is producing a George-Kirkov-checked map of 1:10,000 scale with 7.5m contours to IOF standards. So now all those monster hills will be visible (and potentially avoidable), and all the disappearing contours, missing reentrants and absent features will be fixed, and event quality should be better!
The northern portion of the park will be used for the event. All courses will be pre-marked on the new maps. White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red and Blue courses will be offered. There will be a start-o for kids. Grass stickers and thistles are usually abundant, so be sure to wear gaiters and long pants.
The annual Scout-O will also be held concurrently with the regular event, so expect a sizable crowd. Last year we had about 350 scouts attending.
Registration opens at 9:00. Starts will be at the usual times - from 10:00 to12:30. Allow an extra 15 minutes to get to a slightly remote start.
Directions: Registration will be at the North entrance to the Park, off of Alhambra Valley Road. To get there, take route 24 West from 680 or East from 80. Exit at Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette heading north. At the third light, turn left on Reliez Valley Road. After about 4 miles, the park entrance will be on your left and is well signposted. There is a charge of approximately $3.00 for parking. Please car-pool if possible, since there will probably be many scouts attending.
--Gavin Wyatt-Mair (925)934-6567 Gavin_Wyatt-MairKACC.COM
We are pleased to announce the seventh annual Bay Area Scout Orienteering Championship. Our four-time champions last year were Troop 32 from San Jose, the Polish Troop. Its going to be a difficult task to unseat them. Is anyone up to the challenge? Second place was taken by Troop 89 of Pittsburg, who had a tremendous showing in their first Scout-O. Third place went to Troop 912 of Sunol, who have consistently placed high in all Scout-Os. Despite having some trouble in the morning, Troop 24 from Berkeley (last years runners-up) made a roaring comeback in the afternoon, winning the score-o and eventually settling for fourth place in their second scout-o. We have had young winning troops, old winning troops, girls and boys... Everyone stands a chance!! Some practice, some fitness, and some thinking will get you a long way. So come on out - bring your compasses, running shoes and your brains - and have fun!
The format for this year's championships will be the same as for last year's, and is described below. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages are welcome, and the competition is arranged to accomodate any skill level. In addition, the courses are arranged to meet the map and compass requirements for First Class, Second Class or the Orienteering Merit Badge.
Yes, there will be patches. Anyone who has not yet received a patch for last years event can get one at this years. Or by contacting the meet director.
We are intending to be much more (computer) automated on results this year, so hopefully we will be able to be more timely at the end of the day.
Scouts will compete with other scouts with the same orienteering experience. Four courses will be offered.
Course 1: Daisies, Brownies, Cub scout dens, Webelo dens, Tenderfoot and Junior scouts, and scouts with very little (less than 2) prior orienteering experiences: Dens and younger scouts will run in groups of 4-6 with an adult advisor who should follow his or her group, not lead it; Tenderfoot scouts will run in pairs.
Course 2: Cadettes, seniors, second Class and/or first class scouts, or scouts with minimal (2 to 5) orienteering experience: Compete in pairs.
Course 3: Star, Life and/or Eagle scouts, or scouts with substantial (more than 5) orienteering experiences: Compete in pairs.
Course 4: Advanced, highly experienced orienteers of any rank: Run alone on a typical United States Orienteering Federation orange level course.
Adult course: 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 preregister. Leader results are for bragging rights only and will not affect troop scoring.
NOTE: Choose your courses carefully - there are more points available for
doing the harder courses (we are encouraging scouts to move up
a notch), but dont get on a course you cant finish, because then
you will likely lose points. As a rule of thumb, the points avilable for
course 2 are about 10% more than course 1. Course 3 is about 20% more, and
course 4 is about 30% more than course 1.
Score meet: All scouts will compete in a troop score event in the afternoon. The teams will remain the same as in the morning event. Both morning and afternoon events will contribute to the troop total score to determine the troop championship.
All troops participating in Scout-O must be preregistered and prepaid. Registration will close on October 1, 1997. The cost of the event is $4.00 per scout or participating leader. Choose your teams carefully, because they must remain together all day. Mixed category teams are possible, but will compete on the course of the higher ranking scout. Each troop may have one 3-person team to allow for odd numbers.
Registration forms are included in this bulletin. Troops may obtain additional registration forms and detailed information from the meet director:
Gavin Wyatt-Mair, 20 Folin Lane, Lafayette, Ca. 94549
Tel: (925)934-6567 (home) or E-mail:Gavin_Wyatt-MairKACC.COM (Note the underscore AND the Hyphen)
Registration forms and information will also be available at the registration desk at other scheduled BAOC meets in June through September.
The meet will be held on Sunday, October 4, 1998. Instruction will begin at 9:00 am. The start times of each individual team will be determined by the entry date of their troop. In general, start times will begin at 10:00 am and go until about noon. The Score event will run from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The awards ceremony will begin at 3:45 pm and the meet will be closed at 4:00 pm. It is advisable to arrive at the meet no later than 9:00 am. We will stick to the pre-assigned start times - its less confusing that way. You may call the meet director for advance notice of your troop's starting times. Bring compasses, and remember, we go - rain or shine!
Awards will be made to the best teams on each course. The champion troops will be determined by the results in all categories including the score event. As before, there will be medals, certificates and a Troop trophy. Each participant will receive a participation patch.
You will each need strong trail shoes, long pants (Briones has stickers!), a pen or pencil, a watch and a compass. You may want a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, etc. if its hot, or rain gear if its rainy. Bring your own lunch.
Registration will be at the North entrance to the Park, off of Alhambra Valley Road. To get there, take route 24 West from 680 or East from 80. Exit at Lafayette heading north on Pleasant Hill Road. At the third traffic light, turn left onto Reliez Valley Road. After about 4 miles, the park entrance will be on your left, and is well signposted. There is a charge of approximately $3.00 for parking. Please car-pool if possible.
Mail-in Troop Registration Form
Briones Scout-O' 4-October-98
ALL TROOPS MUST PREREGISTER USING THIS FORM
This form must be received by October 1, 1998. Send with payment to:
Gavin Wyatt-Mair, 20 Folin Lane, Lafayette, CA 94549. Tel (925)934-6567
The cost is $4.00 per scout or participating leader. Make checks payable to BAOC.
Troop No. ________ District ___________ Council __________
City/Town _____________________________ State _____
Total number registering _______
Adult leader ___________________________ Phone __________
Enter, on the left of the cell, the number of participants in each team you are entering for each course. We will use the right part of the cell to allocate start times for meet day.
____Youths registered x $4.00 + ____Adults* registered x $4.00 = ____Total $ enclosed
* Only adults who are competing on the adult course, or who want a map, need to register and pay the $4.00 fee. Adult "advisors" on course 1 are not required to register and pay unless they want a map.