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"Scout-O" Open Event

Briones Regional Park

Date: (Sun.) Oct. 11, 2015
Location: Lafayette, CA
Event Director: - 925.934.6567
Course Setters: Steve Harrison, Gavin Wyatt-Mair
Type: B; Regular 7-course BAOC event in conjunction with the Scout-O Championships

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

As in previous years, there will be an "open" event in conjunction with the 23rd annual Scout-O championships.

Special Rules: The Park District is very concerned about the possibility of fires. Therefore, they have instituted two rules that we must all follow:

  1. No smoking at all.
  2. Drive only on roads.

All the courses will have E-punching. White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red, and Blue courses will be offered (see below). Grass stickers and poison oak are present, so be sure to wear long pants, and to wear gaiters on the off-trail courses.

The annual Scout-O will be held concurrently with the regular event, so expect a sizable crowd. Although preregistration is required for the Scout-O, it is not required (nor available) for the BAOC B-meet.

BAOC members: Please note that your showing is very good publicity for the club, and sets an example for hundreds of scouts and adults to see!! Please do come, with your best O-gear, a smile, and a word of encouragement for the youngsters.

There is a 1 km walk to the Start. Plan to take 15 minutes to reach the Start.

If you have any questions, contact the Event Director, , at 925-934-6567.


Registration will be open from 9:00 AM to noon.

Beginner clinics will be available from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. These are short, repeating sessions that introduce orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete a beginner (White) course.

Starts will be at the usual times: from 10:00 to 12:30.

The Finish will close at 2:00 PM. Everyone must report to the Finish by then, and then to the E-punch download tent (i.e., even if they have not completed their course).


The following courses will be available. Be sure to read the Course Setters' Notes for more information.

                                              Navigational   Physical  
   Course        Length    Climb   Controls   difficulty     difficulty
   White(1)      3.2 km    150 m      11      Easy           Easy  
   Yellow(2)     3.5 km    220 m      12      Easy           Easy 
   Orange(4)     4.2 km    262 m      14      Moderate       Moderate 
   Short Brown   3.2 km    150 m      14      Moderate       Moderate 
   Brown         4.6 km    190 m      16      Hard           Moderate 
   Green         5.5 km    240 m      20      Hard           Hardish 
   Red           6.4 km    270 m      24      Hard           Hard     
   Blue          7.3 km    330 m      27      Hard           Hard

Beginners should be aware that the distances shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be longer. The climb numbers represent the amount of ascending that would be done on the "optimum route" (in the Course Setter's opinion), without regard for any descending.

Request for Volunteers

If you are able and willing to help out on the day of the meet, or before, we sure could use your help! Please contact .

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 I-680 or east from I-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, and is well sign-posted (don't be fooled by the parking area on the left​—​that's not it).

There is an entry/parking charge of approximately $4.00 per vehicle. Please carpool if possible, since there will probably be many scouts attending.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.