Junior Training Grant Program
Attention, All Juniors!
The BAOC is offering "scholarships" to enthusiastic young orienteers to cover some of the costs of travel and participation in orienteering activities. We call it the Junior Training Grant Program.
About the Program
BAOC created the program a few years ago for the purpose of helping young orienteers improve their skills, broaden their experience and get to know other talented and dedicated Juniors.
Past recipients include:
- Matej Šebo, who trained in Europe in preparation for the 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Bulgaria.
- Katie Petersen, who competed in the 2015 U.S. Junior Team Trials at the Flying Pig A-meet in Kentucky in March.
- Julia Doubson, who attended an OUSA Training Camp in Colorado in April 2015.
- Matej Šebo, who trained in Norway for several weeks in preparation for the 2015 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Norway.
Who is eligible? If you are under 21, a member in good standing (individual or family) of BAOC or GCO, have been orienteering for at least a year and compete at your age group class level or above, then you are eligible to apply.
How to Apply
What activities count? The focus is on training, so we are looking for ways you can develop your skills, learn from experts, and experience orienteering in different environments, while getting to know and compete against other top Juniors. Your plans may take you to official or unofficial training sessions, national competitions, or even overseas to train in Scandinavia. If it meets the purposes of the grant program, we will consider it.
Are you interested? Then fill out the application form (PDF/70KB), which is also available as a Word document (DOC/25KB). You can attach extra pages, or even make your own form on your computer, as long as you provide all the information on the "official" form, including the "I agree" paragraph and the signature(s). Applications are accepted at any time as long as funds are still available for the current year.
The application may be mailed to Steve Haas at 260 Arlington Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025. If you have any questions, contact Steve at 650-281-5280 or by .
A committee of BAOC members will make the selections. After we receive your application, we may call you to ask follow-up questions or arrange an interview, if we need more information.
One of the requirements for receiving a training grant is to write a report of the training experience. The following reports were completed in 2015:
- Sarah Petersen's report (PDF/60KB) on Switzerland and O-Ringen.
- Katie Petersen's report (PDF/45KB) on Switzerland and O-Ringen.
- The JWOC team diary/block (https://usainnorge.wordpress.com/) of their competition in Norway and training in Switzerland. This includes postings from Matej and Julia.
- Julia Doubson's report (PDF/71KB) on the OUSA Training Camp in Colorado in April.
- Matej Šebo's diary/blog (https://intothemarshes.wordpress.com/) of his trip to Norway in preparation for the 2015 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC).