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 18, 2020 (approximately 9:30 AM-3:00 PM)
Where: Hale Reservation (80 Carby St, Westwood, MA 02090)
Cost: $7 per person
Registration deadline:  March 29, 2020

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 PM.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: All youth groups must pre register and pre pay ($7.00 per participant) by March 29, 2020.
Register online.

Enrollment limited to 400 participants. Note: This event may fill to capacity before the registration deadline. Early registration encouraged.

Confirmation will be e-mailed with additional information.

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 that should be brought to the meet and 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.

Start Program 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 time to report for program.

Departure Times: Courses close at 3 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: All group leaders are encouraged to attend a free and open Leader Training Clinic held 3 weeks prior to the meet. Prepare yourselves for orienteering, and be better able to help your group.

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 28, 2020 at New England Base Camp/ Camp Sayre, 411 Unquity Road, Milton MA 02186.

Help Out: Scout-O events are entirely run by volunteers and we need your help. All troops with more than 10 registrants are expected to provide at least 1 person for at least two hours to help with parking/set-up/registration/starts/finishes/instruction/ or cleanup. We will also need 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. 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 29, 2020. An orienteering Merit Badge Counselor will be available for questions.

Contacts: for questions and additional information:

Registrar Meet Director 
Karen Yeowell   Pete Lane
(508) 395-9473 (cell)   (774) 249-9649
(508) 329-1200 (home)    
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