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Scout-O Championships

Date: (Sun.) Oct. 9, 2005
Location: Lafayette, CA
Event Director: - 925.934.6567
Course Setter: Gavin Wyatt-Mair
Type: B; 13th annual Scout-O Championships for all scout levels (also see regular BAOC event)

Are you and your troop ready to test your map reading and problem solving abilities? Are you ready to pass the map and compass requirements for First Class, Second Class, or the Orienteering merit badge? The Bay Area Orienteering Club is pleased to offer the thirteenth 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.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Daisies, Cubs, Tigers, and Webelos of all ages are welcome. Instruction will be offered prior to the event so that all Scouts, regardless of prior experience, will be able to take part in the actual competition. There will be courses of four distinct levels of difficulty, so that no Scout should encounter a challenge beyond his or her capabilities.


The event will be held in Briones Park, Martinez. The park has been mapped to International Orienteering Federation (IOF) standards. The details shown on these 5-color maps far exceeds those available on even the newest U.S. Geological Survey topographical maps. Teams may keep their maps so they will be useful for instruction and reference. This year’s new map is expanded again!


Preregistration is required for the event. It may be necessary to constrain the number of participants, so register early (first come, first served). Registration will close on October 3, 2005. To register for the event, send the electronic registration form ( to . Or, send a paper copy of the registration form ( and payment to:

Gavin Wyatt-Mair
20 Folin Lane
Lafayette, Ca. 94549

For additional information, contact the meet director: , tel. (925) 934-6567 at home.

The event will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2005. A regular Bay Area Orienteering Club event will be held simultaneously at the same location, so anyone wishing to do the BAOC courses is also welcome. Pass the word.


We are pleased to re-announce the thirteenth annual Bay Area Scout Orienteering Championship. Who will be champions this year? 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 similar to prior years’, and is described below. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages are welcome, and the competition is arranged to accommodate 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 a prior year’s event can get it at this year’s. Or by contacting the meet director. The patches are “progressive?, so that a scout can participate in multiple Scout-Os and add to his or her patch sequence.

Competitive Categories

We will have electronic punching again.

Competitive Categories: Scouts will compete against other scouts with the same orienteering experience. The following 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 2-6 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 experiences: 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 pre-register. 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 don’t get on a course you can’t finish, because then you will likely lose points. As a rule of thumb, the points available 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 may compete in a troop “score? 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. We combine the top N scouts’ scores from the morning and afternoon events to get the troop score. The value N is set by the meet director on the day of the meet, based on conditions and attendance.

Registration Information

All troops participating in the Scout-O must be pre-registered and prepaid. Registration will close on October 3, 2005. The cost of the event is $5.00 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:

20 Folin Lane
Lafayette, Ca. 94549
Tel: (925) 934-6567 at home

Registration forms and information will also be available at the registration desk at other scheduled BAOC meets in September. A registration spreadsheet ( and form ( are available on the BAOC web site (

Start Times

The meet will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2005. Instruction will begin at 9:00 am. The start time 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 1:30 to 2:30 pm. The awards ceremony will begin at 3:15 pm, and the meet will be closed at 3:40 pm. It is advisable to arrive at the meet by 9:00 am. We will stick to the pre-assigned start times — it’s 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. There will be awards for the top “Junior? Scout troop (cubs, webelos, daisies, brownies, etc.) as well as the top Girl Scout troop if a Boy Scout troop wins, or the top Boy Scout troop if a Girl Scout troop wins. Each participant will receive a progressive (by course) 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 it’s hot, or rain gear if it’s rainy. Bring your own lunch.


Registration will be at the West entrance to the park, off of Bear Creek Road. To get there, take route 24 West from 680 or East from 80. Exit at Orinda, heading North on Camino Pablo. After about 2 miles, turn right onto Bear Creek Road. After about 3.5 miles, the park entrance will be on your right — it is well sign-posted. (Don’t be fooled by the parking area on the left — that’s not it.) There is a charge of approximately $4.00 for parking. Please carpool if possible.