All Scouts are invited to a weekend of Orienteering. It will be a weekend of outdoor adventure as Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, and Girl Scouts learn and practice map and compass skills as well as work on orienteering-related badge requirements.

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Where: Nobscot Scout Reservation, 1 Nobscot Rd., Sudbury, Mass.

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Saturday's program will be skill development, training, and practice. Scouts (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills such that they will be able to participate in Sunday's competition regardless of prior experience. Ample orienteering courses will be available for scouts to practice their orienteering skills.

Sunday's program will be the annual New England Scout Orienteering Championship competition. Scouts (as well as adults) will compete for trophies with other scouts of same gender and same rank or age level.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: This event is full. Registration is closed.

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 8, 2017 or 400 Scouts, whichever comes first. We need the time to print maps and assemble a packet of materials in advance.

Note: This event usually fills to capacity before the deadline. Early registration encouraged. Registrations received after the event is filled will be returned.

COSTS: $10.00 per person (Scouts and adults) per day. Only adults who want a map and patch on Saturday, or who are competing in the Leader Class on Sunday, need register and pay.

PATCHES: Free custom designed event patches will be given to the first 400 registered and paid.

REFUNDS: Because the courses are pre-printed on your maps, we cannot give refunds after the registration deadline.

WE GO RAIN OR SHINE. Maps are in plastic bags. Scouts should dress for the weather. It’s up to the unit leader’s discretion whether to participate or not when the weather is less than ideal.

RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Make copies of the waiver as needed for your group. Each participant must have their own signed Release and Waiver of Liability. Bring with you to the meet and hand in at check in.

CAMPING: Contact Marcella Saunders of Boy Scout Council Two Fifty One directly at (508) 872-6551 ext. 1002 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To avoid problems, do this after you have received your orienteering confirmation letter. Also cabins available on a first-come basis.

CONCESSION: Drinks (hot and cold), hot dogs and snacks (candy, etc.) will be available both days.

PARKING: Off street parking is limited. Car-pooling is encouraged.

HELP OUT: We need volunteers to help during the event.
We typically need several adults to staff the Start and Finish tables for a few hours during the event, and a troop of energetic Scouts to help pick up courses at the end of the day. We also may need help with parking early in the day.
Troops larger than 10 are expected to provide one adult volunteer. Assignments to be made with the confirmation.

LEADER TRAINING: Learn about orienteering and how to teach orienteering skills to Scouts. Then try an orienteering course or two. Free and open to all Scout leaders willing to help guide their group at the Nobscot Reservation Scout-O. Attendance not mandatory, but all leaders are invited and encouraged to attend. Training lasts about 3 hours, maybe longer if the weather is favorable.
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time : 10:00 A.M.
Location: Nobscot Scout Reservation

CONTACTS for questions and additional information:

Bud O'Leary
(978) 886-1371 (cell)
(978) 470-3630 (home)
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Meet Director
Pete Lane
(774) 249-9649
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Scout Orienteering Training, and Skill Building on Saturday October 28, 2017

  1. Start Program Times: Webelos and Junior Girl Scouts are encouraged to select 10:30 A.M. or 11:00 A.M. start program times. Venture Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts are encouraged to select 9:30 A.M. or 10:00 A.M.
  2. Departure Times (if not staying over): Depends on your group and the day. Generally, not later than 3:00 P.M.

Night Orienteering on Saturday evening

Try a variation of the traditional foot orienteering. Bring your headlamp or flashlight (as well as compass and whistle) for an adventure after dark. Starts between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. This part of the weekend will be open to NEOC members and the general public as well as Scouts. 

New England Scout Orienteering Competition on Sunday October 29, 2017

  1. All Scouts should compete in pairs (or a threesome if an odd number).
  2. While it is preferable that younger Scouts (such a Webelos and Junior Girl Scouts) also compete in pairs, they may compete in small groups (3 to 4). Younger Scouts must have an adult “shadowing”. That is, following, but not helping.
  3. Adults should compete individually. Adult leaders with orienteering experience should compete on the Orange Course. Adult leaders who have do not have orienteering experience should compete on the Yellow Course.
  4. Course selection will be based on the highest rank or level in each pair or threesome:

Webelos and Tenderfoot Boy Scouts

White Course

Second and First Class Boy Scouts

Yellow Course

Star and Life Boy Scouts and Venture

Orange Course

Junior Girl Scouts

White Course

Cadette Girl Scouts

Yellow Course

Senior Girl Scouts and Venture Girls

Orange Course

Adult leaders without orienteering experience

Yellow Course

Adult leaders with orienteering experience

Orange Course


  1. Note: Orange course is designed for older scouts who have orienteered previously. If scouts are new to orienteering, then strongly suggest doing the Yellow course as a non- competitor.
  2. Scouts compete only once. Scouts should not do an additional course on Sunday.
  3. Sunday registration opens at 8:30. First teams start at 9:00.
  4. Award ceremony will be as soon as results are tabulated, hopefully around 1:00 at Legion Hall.



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