Scouts BSA, Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts, Webelos Cub Scouts, and other youth groups are invited to a day of adventure where they learn and practice map and compass skills, with the option to work on orienteering-related badge requirements. This event is organized by the all-volunteer, non-profit New England Orienteering Club (NEOC) to introduce youth to map and compass skills and the sport of Orienteering.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 (approximately 9:30 AM-3:00 PM)
Where: Hale Reservation (80 Carby St, Westwood, MA 02090)
Cost: $7 per person
Pre-registration deadline:  March 24, 2019

Youth groups (must have at least two adults) will arrive Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11 AM, pick up their packets, and go out on their 1st course (with an instructor, if requested at registration). Youth (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills such that they will be able to orienteer through the woods on their own. Additional orienteering courses at 3 different levels will be available to practice orienteering skills, with the last groups going out at 2 PM. You may do as many courses as you wish prior to the courses closing at 3:00 PM.

All group leaders are encouraged to attend a free and open Leader Training Clinic held 2 weeks prior to the meet. Prepare yourselves for orienteering, and be better able to help your group. Training will take about 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 AM.

You may request an experienced volunteer instructor to work with you and your group on the day of the event.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: All youth groups must pre register and pre pay ($7.00 per participant) by March 24, 2019. Register online.
Enrollment limited to 400 participants. Note: This event may fill to capacity before the registration deadline. Early registration encouraged.

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

Waiver of Liability: Each participant must bring a signed Waiver of Liability to the meet, to be handed in at check-in. Youth that arrive without Waiver signed by their parent or guardian will not be allowed to participate.

WE GO RAIN OR SHINE. Maps are in plastic bags. Participants should dress for the weather. Only a severe weather alert may cancel the event. It’s up to the unit leader’s discretion whether to participate or not when the weather is less than ideal.

Arrival Times: Older youth (Scouts BSA and Cadette/Senior Girl Scouts) are encouraged to select 9:30 or 10:00 AM arrival. Younger youth (Cub Scouts and Junior Girl Scouts) are encouraged to select 10:30 or 11:00 AM.
When time slots become full, your troop will be given a different arrival time.

Departure Times: Courses close at 3:00 PM, but you may leave at any time.

Camping: Contact Hale Reservation directly at (781) 326-1770.

Concession: Probably not (Permit required from Board of Health). Bringing your own food is suggested.

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

Leader Training: 9:30-11:30 AM, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Historic Beaver Brook, Waltham, MA. Registrar will confirm with those who indicate interest.

Help Out: We need volunteers to help during the event. We typically need a few adults to staff start and finish tables for a few hours during the event, and a troop of energetic youth 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 at least one adult volunteer. Assignments to be made with the confirmation.

Scouts BSA can complete First Class requirement #2 (orienteering) as well as many requirements for the Orienteering Merit Badge. Note: for requirement 8, Meet Planning, please contact the Registrar by March 24, 2019. An orienteering Merit Badge Counselor will be available for questions.

Contacts —for questions and additional information:

Registrar

Karen Yeowell
(508) 395-9473 (cell)
(508) 329-1200 (home)
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Meet Director

Bud O'Leary
(978) 886-1371 (cell)
(978) 470-3630 (home)
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