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Willow Glen Holiday Lights Score-O

Date: (Sat.) Dec. 14, 2013
Location: San Jose, CA
Event Director: - 650.248.9595
Course Setters: Brad Wetmore, Tony Pinkham
Type: C; 60- or 90-minute Light-O (Score-O) course and potluck social

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

December 13th Update:

The weather forecast is just about perfect for getting out and enjoying the holiday lights this Saturday evening! No rain is expected, but bundle up, since the temperature should be in the 40s.
Join us for our usual potluck afterwards in the school cafeteria/multipurpose room.
In addition to the BAOC Service Award ceremony, Peter Graube will be demonstrating "Water Play", a unique way to explain math using water.

We hope that you can clear your schedule and come out and join us for the fifth annual Willow Glen Holiday Lights Score-O on Saturday, December 14.

This event will be a nighttime Score-O​—​in which every control is a house decorated with festive lights. Make your outing as easy or as hard as you want. You decide how many, and which controls, you want to find in either 60 or 90 minutes. You can start in the mass start at 5:45 PM, or you can get an individual start any time after the mass start until 6:15. You can go by yourself or with a group. Just remember to get back on time, because there are penalties for being late!

Bring a flashlight or headlamp, and a pencil or pen. Runners, walkers, families, scouts, neighbors​—​everyone is invited.

The event will be held at the cafeteria at the Willow Glen Elementary School on the corner of Lincoln Ave and Minnesota Ave in San Jose (see the directions below). This is the same location as in the previous years.

Plan to stay after you finish, and socialize at the annual BAOC Potluck Social and Awards Ceremony. It's a potluck, so please bring something to share! Following dinner, this year's recipient of the BAOC Club Service Award will be announced.

Get your shopping done early, invite your friends, co-workers, neighbors, house guests, and family, and let's enjoy the last BAOC event of the 2013 season and celebrate another great year of orienteering!

Event schedule

5:00 – Building opens: Registration begins (self registration will be available for BAOC members)
5:30 – Map distribution
5:45 – Mass start
5:50 – Individual starts open
6:15 – Registration and individual starts close
7:30 – Potluck begins (approximate time)
7:45 – Course closes for late starters
8:00 – Service Award presentation
9:00 – Building is closed


The course fees will be as follows:

    Member entry fee, first person         Adult $10    Junior $5
    Non-member entry fee, first person     Adult $15    Junior $5
    Each additional person                 Adult $5     Junior $3
    Family                                 $20 max.
    Notes:  A Junior is defined as anyone age 8 through 20.
            Children under 8 accompanying parents or youth group leaders are free.

This would be a good event to invite your friends, your child's friends, your relatives, your neighbors, house guests, or co-workers to try orienteering. Of course they'll miss the thrill of our steep hills and muddy fields and trails at this event, but you could break them in gradually.

Scout, JROTC, and school groups are welcome of course. Large groups should go out in groups of 5 or fewer if possible.

Map and Course

The map is at 1:15000 scale with 5-foot contours. There are some interesting street patterns and opportunities for off-street navigation in quite a few of the blocks​—​some parkland, schools, and passageways are sprinkled about the map.

The course will be Score-O format. Choose your time​—​60 or 90 minutes​—​and dash around the Willow Glen neighborhood to discover the answers to as many control questions as you can. Controls will be environmental, such as:

At house #456, how many reindeer are on the roof?
A – 3           B – 8           C – 9

There will be beginner clinics if requested, but if you can find your way around with a street map, you should be able to navigate around Willow Glen.

Be sure to read the Course Setters' Notes for more information.


Running shoes and shorts should be fine, but you may want warmer clothing depending on the weather. We recommend reflective clothing for safety, if you have it. The event center has bathrooms where you can change.

Please bring a pencil (preferred) or pen to mark your answers, and bring a headlamp or flashlight​—​although Willow Glen is brightly lit in spots, you will need a headlamp or flashlight! Bring a watch or other time keeping device to make sure you get back on time (keep in mind that there is a penalty for returning late).


We could use a few volunteers to help with starts, finishes, and scoring (you'll also be able to run the course). Please contact if you can help.

Potluck Social

Everyone will be hungry after going out on the Light-O course.

Please use the sign-up form ( to indicate what you'll be bringing. It's okay if you don't decide in advance.

BAOC will be providing the utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and hot and cold drinks. (We'll offer hot tea, and hot and cold cider.) Many of you probably will bring your own utensils, plates, and cups to eliminate waste. (Please note that alcohol is not allowed on the campus.)

We hope to see many of you out there ... rain or shine!

Driving Directions

Take Interstate 280 towards downtown San Jose (South/East) from Interstate 880. Exit on Meridian Ave. South. Proceed 0.9 miles to Minnesota and turn left (east). The school is on the right, 0.9 miles down Minnesota, at the corner with Lincoln. There is limited parking on the school grounds, but there is plenty of street parking nearby.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event. (Drag the map to center San Jose, and then click on the "+" symbol to zoom in.)