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Briones Regional Park

Open Event for non-Scouts

Date: (Sun.) Oct. 8, 2017
Location: Lafayette, CA
Event Director: - 925.934.6567
Course Setters: Steve Harrison, Gavin Wyatt-Mair
Type: B; Open Event for non-Scouts — Regular 7-course BAOC event in conjunction with the Scout-O Championships

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

As in previous years, there will be an "open" event in conjunction with the 25th 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.

Registration and the Finish are at the Bear Creek entrance to Briones Park.

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 fees apply at this event:

  $3 for juniors (age 8 through 20) on beginner's (White) and advanced beginner's (Yellow) courses
  $8 for adults on beginner's and advanced beginner's courses
  $5 for juniors on intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown, Green, Red, Blue) courses  
$12 member price for intermediate and advanced courses
$18 non-member price for intermediate and advanced courses
  $1 for a compass rental (optional)  
  $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (if you don't own one; you'll need one to complete the course)
$15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)  

Note: We are able to accept payment only by cash or check​—​no credit cards or electronic payments.

For extra people on a team, add $5 per adult on beginners' courses or $7 per adult on intermediate and advanced courses (with lower prices for juniors).

More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (PDF/100KB), which you can print and fill out in advance to save some time at the event. (You will need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.) Please note that the form has a second page for signatures of group members.


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

                                              Navigational  Physical  
     Course       Distance   Climb  Controls  Difficulty    Difficulty
     White(1)      4.1 km    120 m     11     Easy          Easy  
     Yellow(2)     4.1 km    145 m     12     Easy          Easy
     Orange(4)     5.1 km    235 m     14     Moderate      Moderate
     Short Brown   3.0 km    155 m      9     Moderate      Moderate
     Brown         4.4 km    210 m     12     Hard          Moderate
     Green         5.8 km    280 m     17     Hard          Hard
     Red           6.4 km    345 m     20     Hard          Tough!    
     Blue          7.1 km    435 m     22     Hard          Tough! 

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 .

For reference, volunteer assignments and instructions are in this file (PDF/410KB).

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.