Kenston Campus & Woods / 13 MAR 2016

What is Orienteering?

Welcome to the world of orienteering! If you’re looking for a new adventure, a lifetime sport that will take you, literally, off the beaten path, constantly challenge you, and let you discover new things about yourself and what you can do, orienteering may be the sport for you.

Orienteering is often called the thinking sport because it involves map reading and decision-making in addition to a great workout. It’s a sport that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or experience. The competitive athlete can experience the exhilaration of running through the woods at top speed, while the non-competitive orienteer can enjoy the forest at a more leisurely pace. Most events provide courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and the sport has been adapted for small children and people in wheelchairs.

If you love maps, exploring, and the great outdoors, try orienteering. You’ll be hooked for life!

Event Description

Join us to learn more about the sport of orienteering, and learn how to use a map and compass to navigate around the campus, while getting some exercise. We’ll provide instruction and guidance, and have all levels of courses available, from short & easy to longer & more difficult. Map Included / compass for loan.

All levels welcome. No experience needed.

Several instructors from NEOOC will be on hand to teach the basics of orienteering – map reading, compass skills, and reading the lay of the land. All are accomplished orienteers and typically run expert level courses themselves and all have a deep passion for furthering the sport and teaching others.

NOTE!!! Don’t need instruction? No worries – come run the sprint courses on this beautiful campus, where plenty of challenges await even the most experienced orienteer!

Date & Time

  • Sunday, March 13, 2016
  • Registration at 11 AM, with starts at noon, and blocks of instruction starting every 15 minutes.

Location

Kenston Local Schools / Intermediate School Building (click for large map)
17419 Snyder Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Follow signs to registration / instruction area.

Registration

Registration is online through the Kenston Community Education’s portal, or you can mail it in. On-site registration will also be available. NEOOC Members should use the code ‘NEOOC’ at checkout to receive a discount.

***You can also register on-site the day of. You’ll have to fill in separate paperwork for KCE in addition to the regular NEOOC forms.***

Courses Available

  • WARMUP SPRINT – 1.0 km / 4 controls / 4 route choices*
  • WHITE – 1.9 km / 9 controls / 0 route choice* (short distance / easy navigation)
  • YELLOW – 2.8 km / 14 controls / 1 route choice* (shorter distance / easy navigation)
  • ORANGE – 4.2 km / 18 controls / 4 route choices* (medium distance / intermediate navigation)
  • BROWN – 3.5 km / 15 controls / 5 route choices* (medium distance / advanced navigation)
  • GREEN – 5.1 km / 22 controls / 6 route choices* (longer distance / advanced navigation)
  • RED – 7.9 km / 25 controls / 17 route choices* (long distance / advanced navigation)

*Route Choice – where you can pick at least two distinct routes to the next control.

**Run the warmup sprint course, and get a prize!

Sample Map

Kenston Map

Boy & Girl Scout Orienteering Merit Badge Workshop / 12 MAR 2016

Event Description

Join this class to begin working on your orienteering merit badge requirements for Scouts. Please note – the orienteering merit badge cannot be completed in one day – Scouts will have the opportunity to complete most of the requirements. The most practical way to complete the rest of the requirements is to participate in future NEOOC events. Of course, scouts and troops can also complete the requirements on their own. Pre-registration is REQUIRED (see below)

Make sure to dress for the weather. We’ll start indoors with the basics, like learning about map, compass, and orienteering skills. After lunch, we’ll head out for hands-on practice on several orienteering courses, both on campus, and in the woods. All levels of experience are welcome.

Time & Date

  • Saturday, March 12, 2016
  • 10 AM – 4 PM (with break for included pizza lunch)

Location

Kenston Local Schools / Intermediate School Building (click for large map)
17419 Snyder Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Enter via the main entrance / follow signs.

Registration (REQUIRED)

Register either online or by mailing in registration. Cost is $15 / scout and includes a pizza lunch. Leaders are included no extra charge.

The online registration takes place through Kenston Community Education’s event registration portal, and will require form of payment at time of registration. Use the printable form to send in registration via regular mail (especially helpful if you’re registering a whole troop). Feel free to use the back to list more registrants.

Sample Map

Kenston Map

2016 Schedule & Resources

2016 is here, and we’re ready with a host of orienteering events. See the entire event schedule for the year below, in various formats. Feel free to print out and distribute both the schedule and general orienteering flyer (all in PDF format below) to friends and family. We look forward to seeing you in the woods soon!

2016 Schedule

NOTE: See the Google Calendar below for the latest updates / changes.

General 2016 Flyer (Share with others!)

Event Postings (more detailed information for each event)

See the postings for upcoming events, here: http://neooc.com/category/upcoming/

2016 Calendar of Events

Calendar Notes

  • Events in Orange – NEOOC Club Events (in NEO Area)
  • Events in Blue – National & Other Events
  • XC – Cross Country event
  • SCORE – Score event
  • TRAINING – Training event
  • SCOUTS – For Scouts only

Here are the event in list format:

NEOOC Course Design Clinic / 27 FEB 2016

Event Description

Orienteering mapping and course design clinic that will focus on both theory and application of course design, the practical and technical aspects of designing courses using software, and setting courses. For experienced orienteers only. Bring your own laptop if desired, but workshop will start in a computer lab with the software already loaded. After we learn the basics of mapping using technology, we’ll head outdoors to practice our skill.

Date, Time & Location

Saturday February 27, 2016

  • 9 AM – 11 AM Workshop / Mapping Clinic (indoors)
  • 11 AM – 12 PM Lunch (on your own)
  • 12 PM – 4 PM Hands on Practice in the Woods, Campus (outside)

Kenston Local Schools / Intermediate School Building (click for large map)
17419 Snyder Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

KIS Location Mapping Clinic

Registration (REQUIRED)

Registration for this event is online, and required, and takes place through Kenston Community Education’s event registration portal.

Click here to register: Registration Link

NEOOC Members receive discounts on selected events at Kenston. Use the coupon code ‘NEOOC’ at checkout to apply the discount. Using this coupon for the Mapping Clinic event will make the registration free for you.

Staffing

The clinic / workshop will be co-taught by Bob Boltz, and assisted by Andreas Johansson (both NEOOC members)

Additional Information

This event is held at Kenston Local School’s Campus, and you’ll need to register in a separate system the school uses for events. Don’t worry – it’s not difficult. Simply follow the link and register for the class.

Once registered in the Kenston Community Education system, you will get a confirmation email to the email address you have selected. Each person that attends need to register.

NEOOC Members receive discounts on selected events. Use the coupon code ‘NEOOC’ at checkout to apply the discount.

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