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Permanent Courses

BAOC has a few "trim" orienteering courses—practice courses that have permanent markers. This means you can print or purchase a map, and do the course on your own at any time.

If you print a map yourself, keep in mind that you might end up with a map scale that is different than what is stated on the map.

After you have the map and are at the start location, these Seven Easy Steps (PDF/53KB) will get you going.

BAOC has permanent courses in the following locations:

In addition, there's a master map (408KB) that shows all the controls without a prescribed course. You can use this map to create your own course, or perhaps to practice doing a Score-O.
8/12/20 Note: The vegetation has changed somewhat in the 10 years since the map and courses were produced, and two of the physical controls (#5 & #12) are currently missing.
Installing Bayfront Permanent Course
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Installing Bayfront Permanent Course
These permanent courses were created in 2010 by Philipp Kopisch as an Eagle Scout Project for Boy Scout Troop 109. A note from Philipp is here. The courses were made possible with support from the Bay Area Orienteering Club, the City of Menlo Park, the Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park, and many members of Troop 109.
Note: The courses start at the Alhambra Creek Valley Entrance on the northeast side of the park.
Comments on the courses are available here.
Note: The courses start at the Sutherland Dr entrance on the southwest side of the park.
Comments on the courses are available here.
Comments on the courses are available here.
In addition, there's an All Controls file (1.5MB) that contains three maps that show all the controls without a prescribed course. You can use these maps to create your own course, or perhaps to practice doing a Score-O.
These All Controls maps include an additional aspect that is sometimes used for Score-O events: The controls are assigned point values, with the more difficult controls given higher values. At such an event, the objective is to score the most points in a given time period (e.g., 60 or 90 minutes). The control point values are shown in the control descriptions and on the map as small numbers next to the control circles. The maximum score is 500 points with the given list of controls.
The All Controls file contains these pages:
1. Map showing all the controls, with a control description sheet listing the controls in alphabetical order by their IDs.
2. Map showing all the controls, with a control description sheet listing the controls in numerical order of their point values.
3. Map with larger scale showing all the controls.
4. Lists of all the controls, in alpha & number orders, with a note regarding their status as of June 24, 2019.
5. Printable copies of the two control description sheets on pages 1 and 2, and a copy of the map legend.
Note: The contour interval was inadvertently omitted from the All Controls maps. It is 5 meters, the same as on the regular course maps.
Instructions for preparing for one of the courses are available here (PDF/76KB).
Comments on the courses are available here.
Notes: 
Some errors were reported in October 2017 (there might be others): 
Yellow & Orange: #44 is located at the North end of the parking lot, not at the South end. There is no circular building at the marked control location.
White & Yellow: #33 is not clearly located on any of the fences in that location.
Yellow: #36 is hidden behind the manmade feature.
Yellow: #42 is not prominent on the manmade features at that location. 
A club member who ran the Orange course in 2019 reported, "Many of the markers were gone. New roads have been constructed that are not reflected on the map. It was somewhat frustrating." (Those comments presumably apply to other courses.)
These Vasona Park permanent courses were created in 2012 by Mark Sinks as an Eagle Scout Project for Boy Scout Troop 37 (http://www.troop37.info). The courses were made possible with support from the Bay Area Orienteering Club and the Santa Clara County Parks Department.

There is also a beginner permanent course at Newell Open Space (https://www.cityofamericancanyon.org/city-departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails-and-open-space/newell-open-space) in American Canyon. Information about the course is available here (http://www.cityofamericancanyon.org/city-departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails-and-open-space/newell-open-space/orienteering). There is a nice two-page brochure (39MB PDF) (http://www.cityofamericancanyon.org/home/showdocument?id=15840) for the course, and a separate map file (290KB PDF) (http://www.cityofamericancanyon.org/home/showdocument?id=15830). Please note that you must stay on trail throughout the course "to avoid impacts to habitat and wildlife". Also note that dogs are not allowed "at this time" (as of October 2018).

You can find permanent courses across the country by looking here (http://www.us.orienteering.org/new-o/resources/permanent-courses) on the Orienteering USA website.

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