The New England Orienteering Club

Health & Safety

Participants should be physically capable of completing a chosen course. A recent comprehensive physical examination is recommended for all competitors. It is a good idea to bring a list of current prescription medications. First aid equipment will be in the arena each day.

Participants are required to carry a whistle with them on courses.  Three whistle blasts are the universal signal for help--whether injured or lost.  Any competitor who hears emergency whistle blasts should provide assistance.

Be aware of the day's weather. Keep adequately hydrated. Courses will have water and light post-race refreshments provided (water, electrolyte drink, and snacks). We will also post any anticipated weather changes in the arena. In the event of dangerous conditions that would halt competition, multiple car horns will be sounded from the arena area and the main access road. Please leave the courses and return to the arena for a complete accounting of competitors and guests.

New England has a flourishing tick population. Please use insect repellent and appropriate clothing to deter tick bites. You might consider bringing a commercially available tick remover or a pair of tweezers to help remove a stubborn tick.

This park has little poison ivy, and shedding its leaves early, it should be dormant.  We do, however, recommend wearing full leg coverings on all courses.  

Emergency Resource

Police: 911    
CT Park Dispatch (24-hours)   860-424-3333
Fire: 911    
Ambulance: 911    
Park Ranger    
Bigelow Hollow Supervisor (Marcella Hube) marcella.huba at O:860-684-3430
    C: 860-416-6454
Emergency Room (20 min drive)    
UMass-Memorial--Harrington Hospital 100 South St, Southbridge, MA 01550 508-765-3195
Urgent Care (25 min drive)    
Harrington Healthcare, Charlton(8AM - 5PM) 10 N Main St, Charlton, MA 01507 508-248-6780