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The 2022 Winter Challenge is open to current NEOC members. Courses have been designed at five locations around Massachusetts. Set yourself a challenge and reach one of these challenge levels:

  • 1 to 3 courses: Who said you couldn’t orienteer in New England in the winter? Congrats for getting into the woods and strengthening the synapses in your brain!
  • 5 courses: You will roll into the spring O-season ready to show off your navigation skills. You have mastered the Winter O-challenge and will be listed as a Winter O-challenge Master on the NEOC website (and contacted to help volunteer in the spring).

The Challenge starts on MLK weekend 2022 and runs through April 1! We'll keep track of who has done which trainings with an online spreadsheet, so make sure you are filling it out for each course you run! Please share your comments on the courses or just enter your name to let us know you are getting out on the courses.

The Winter Challenge is a training activity for NEOC members. Details will be sent with your member card when you join NEOC.

Join NEOC (or renew your membership) now and be ready for orienteering in 2022.
(All memberships expired on December 31, 2021.)

Read the details and join/renew now.

From Hans Bengtsson —

One of the core founders of NEOC died on December 8, 2021. George was one of the gang of five at Charlie's Kitchen in Cambridge on March 29, 1972, where we decided to form an orienteering club.

Read George's obituary.

George Atkinson

Peter Reynolds, Lena Andrée-Bengtsson, Hans Bengtsson, George Atkinson, Meredith Owen-Atkinson
The five core founders at NEOC's 30th bash 2002.


by Kristin Hall

NEOC's fall in-person events attracted hundreds of people, and challenged all with a variety of courses. Of the hundreds, 45 dedicated NEOC orienteers achieved a final score in the Fall Point Series by competing at three (or more) events on the same course. The series used "cross country scoring," with first place receiving one point, second two points, and so forth. Each athlete's lowest three scores were totaled, and the athlete with the lowest score on each course was victorious.

No runner achieved a perfect score of three points, but Isla Finlayson-Johnecheck came close, dominating the White course with just four points! Two sets of siblings, the Webbs and the Kvaitchadzes, took the top four places on the Yellow course, with Tor Webb narrowly edging out brother Lukas for the overall win.

Continuing Mike Cooper's "think aloud" video series, the Green BYOM course at Nobscot Scout Reservation, November, 2021.

Send your feedback on these videos to Mike.

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