Mt St Francis
This meet is part of our Fall Forest Orienteering series featuring large environments and more opportunities for challenging navigation (there will still be beginner friendly courses).
HQ is at the lake shelter: Direction to Parking
Everyone will need to park up on top of the hill near the water tower and retreat center and walk (about a quarter mile) to the HQ.
10:30am - Beginner Clinic run by a volunteer
11am - Start & Course Opens
2pm - Start Closes
3:30pm - Course Closes
Always check-in after you're done, we need to know that no one is lost out there.
Everyone must preregister for this event. Fee of $15 paid when preregistering. The fee goes up to $20 two days before the race. Registration closes the day before the event.
Yellow - Easy - 2.8k - Can be complete entirely sticking to trails, compass skills not necessary.
Orange - Intermediate - 4.4k - Mix of on and off-trail navigation, compass skills needed.
Brown - Hard & mildly strenuous - 3.8k - Lots of off-trail navigation, trails are hardly useful.
Green - Hard & strenuous - 4.9k - Lots of off-trail navigation, trails are hardly useful.
Red - Hard & very strenuous - 5.9k - You already know what you are getting yourself into.
Camp Crooked Creek
Our 6th annual Scout-O at Camp Crooked Creek with our partner Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The club volunteers with helping teach workshops to Scouts in the morning, with orienteering in the woods in the afternoon.
Volunteers get to orienteer for FREE and receive a complimentary lunch for their help. It takes a lot of staff to pull this event off. We have roles for instructing or supervising an area - so something for everyone to help out with. To help volunteer, please email Dan Curley at northernpoint <at> gmail <dot> com
Orienteering courses for the public run from 1:00 - 3:30 PM. Cost is $12 for members, and $15 for non-members.
The event takes place in the Camp Crooked Creek portion of the Harry Frazier Scout Reservation. Registration is at the main dining hall.
For the adventurous of all ages...
What exactly is Orienteering?
Orienteering is an activity that involves navigating terrain through a sequence of locations using a very detailed topographic map and compass.
The route between locations is not marked, it's up to the orienteer to analyze the map and determine how to get there. If your are racing, thinking quick can save you a lot of time.
Events generally have multiple courses, with one designed for beginners and 1 or more courses for more experienced orienteers. If you are able to hike trails through some degree of hilly terrain then you are physically capable of completing a course.
Why would I do something like this?
There are a lot of reasons why you might like orienteering...
It's a sport! People race against each other to see who can navigate the course(s) the fastest. If this is you thing, we have people to push you.
Running not your thing? No problem! We have members that walk the courses with their families.
Both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America have badges for orienteering. We can help your kiddo or troop get them!
Fascination for Maps
Many courses take you off the beaten path, away from pavement and dirt trails to those areas you likely wouldn't see if you just went hiking.
Orienteering maps are about as detailed as a map gets. They show just about anything that could reasonably be used to help navigate terrain. From man made features like fences, buildings and stone ruins to natural ones like hills, cliffs and steams, to things like how thick forest vegetation is.
Perhaps you just need a reason to disconnect from the information overload of all the smart things in your life.
You've got me hooked, now what?
I have more questions.
I need to try this ASAP!
How can I follow you guys?
Our Events page is where we keep a list of all of our upcoming activities. We also list orienteering events from some of our neighboring clubs.
You can follow us on Facebook. We post upcoming local upcoming events and results there. It's also a good place to reach out to us.