Scout Orienteering Championships
TBD East Bay Regional Park
Date: (Sun.) Oct. 13, 2019
Event Director: - 925.934.6567
Course Setter: Gavin Wyatt-Mair
Type: B; 27th annual Championships and Scout-O for all scout levels (pending park approval)
We are pleased to announce the Twenty-Seventh 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 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.
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 event, 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.
We will have electronic punching again this year.
Note that the Start is about 1.3 km, with [TBD] m gradual climb, from the parking lot—it takes 15 minutes to walk there.
More information is available on the page for the concurrent BAOC event.
Scouts will compete against other scouts with the same orienteering experience. Four courses will be offered, as described below. Course Setters' Notes will be available before the event—be sure to read them.
The course details will be available here closer to the event date.
- Daisies, Brownies, Cub Scout dens, Webelo dens, Tenderfoot, and Junior scouts—or 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.
- Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Second Class, and First Class scouts—or scouts with minimal (2 to 5) orienteering experiences: Compete in pairs.
- Seniors, Ambassadors, Star, Life, and Eagle scouts, or scouts with substantial (more than 5) orienteering experiences: Compete in pairs.
- Advanced, experienced orienteers of any rank: Run alone on a typical Orienteering USA Orange-level 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.
All scouts may compete in a troop 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.
All troops participating in the Scout-O must be pre-registered and prepaid. Information about registration will be available closer to the event date.
The meet will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Instruction will begin at 9:00 AM. The pre-assigned 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 afternoon event will run from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. The awards ceremony will begin at 3:15 PM, and the meet will be closed at 3:40 PM.
The pre-assigned start times will be posted here on Saturday, October 12th.
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.
Beginner clinics will be available from 9:15 to 10:45 AM. These are short, repeating sessions that introduce orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete beginner courses.
Note: There is a 15-minute walk from the parking lot to the Start.
Everyone must report to the E-punch download tent, even if they have not completed their course.
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 afternoon 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. There will be other awards for answering some puzzle questions.
You will each need strong trail shoes, long pants (the park 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.
Directions will be provided when we are permitted to identify the park.