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When Are The Events?

BAOC events take place rain or shine throughout the year, typically on Sundays unless otherwise noted. See the event schedule and the event webpage for specifics.

Beginners of any age are welcome at our events. There is usually a course suitable for first-time orienteers.¹

Standard Schedule

Most events follow the standard schedule below.

Note: Some events might deviate from these times. Always check the schedule shown on the event webpage.
For most events, you have the option to register in advance online. The details will be given on the event webpage.
You may print and fill out an entry form (12KB PDF)² in advance if you wish (which might save time if you are bringing a group). You'll need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.
You must visit the E-Punch table so we can enter your name(s) and E-stick number into the computer so we know you are out on a course.
These short, repeating introductions to orienteering provide enough information to complete a beginner (White) course.¹
Everyone must check in at the Start to be assigned a start time, so participants are spaced out (at least at the Start).
Everyone must punch at the Finish by the closing time, and then report to the E-Punch table to download, even if you haven't completed your course.

Time Limits

You normally have 3 hours or until 2:00 PM to complete your course, whichever comes first.³

All participants must punch at the Finish by course-closing time and download at the E-Punch computer, whether or not you complete your course. This is the only way we know that you have returned safely; otherwise, we must initiate a search-and-rescue.


1 We strive to have a beginner course and beginner clinics at every event. However, occasionally there is an event that is not suited for beginners. That will be noted on the event webpage.

2 PDF files can be viewed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html) program (and others).

3 Some events have a shorter time limit or an earlier closing time.