Spring Forward! Short Courses @ Manatoc / 19 MAR 2016

Event Description

Wake up your body! Come run some short and fun courses at beautiful Manatoc. You can run one, or all three. Each course is quick, fast, and will let you ease in to this year’s orienteering schedule.

Date & Time

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Registration 11:30, with starts at 12 Noon.


Manatoc Scout Camp in Cuyahoga Valley
1075 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

Camp Manatoc Parking and Start

Registration Details

  • Registration starts at 11:30ish, with starts at 12 Noon
  • $5 / member
  • $10 / non-member
  • Run as many courses as you want!


3 short, fun, high energy courses are available (1.5km – 1.9km) as well as a 60 minute score course for 635 points. Run one, or run them all!

Course Designer(s): Bob Boltz, Andreas Johansson, Sanae Rogers

Sample Map

Sample map ONLY – does not show actual courses!

Manatoc Sample Map

Introduction to Orienteering @ Sippo Lake / 23 FEB 2016

Looking for a challenging and fun outdoor activity? Try Orienteering! Join Stark Parks for an introduction to this family of sports requiring the use of a map and compass to navigate from point to point through a variety of diverse and unfamiliar terrains. We’ll cover navigational techniques, orienteering lingo, and introduce you to ways in which you can participate in this fun, family friendly activity.

6-7:30pm at the Exploration Gateway, Sippo Lake Park.
5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708, USA

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.


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

Follow signs to registration / instruction area.


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)


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.


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.


Race Result / North Chagrin Reservation 1 November 2015


  • Event Directors: Randy Mitchell, Howard Montgomery
  • Course Designer: Stan Rachitskiy
  • Registrar: Kevin Peterca
  • Timers: Matt Johnson & Ken Witalis
  • Control Collectors: Steve Johnson, Todd Pownell, Frank & Wes Mahne, Howard Montgomery

Track: slightly damp. Sky: Azure Blue Temp: low 60s

In short, autumn beauty as far as the eye could see.

It was under these conditions that 53 participants came out and orienteered our final event of the 2015 season. I’m sure that each one of them thought, “This is tough duty, but someone has got to do it.” Because it was just that beautiful a day to be out in the woods. A number of the orienteers commented on being stunned by the number of recreational users on the park’s many trails. We are so fortunate to have the wonderful and accessible Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park in our proverbial backyard.

Side note before I get to the main recap: Kevin Peterca is a selling machine! The man sold seven or eight 2016 memberships to Sunday’s participants. We NEVER get that kind of day-of-event interest in membership. Most people need to think it over and send in their form to us afterward. But not with Kevin “Just-Sign-Here” Peterca. He closes the deal. It is especially noteworthy when you consider that the value of the membership won’t kick in again until roughly March of next year. WAY TO GO KEVIN!

There were four courses on the day – White, Yellow, Green and Red. Whereas sometimes we omit a Yellow course at some of our events. On this day we omitted an Orange course. And at times during the day, I would have given my kingdom to have had it. The Orange is situated right in the middle between the beginner-level courses on one side and the expert level on the other. It’s absence left people with some hard choices. Do they signal that they are beginners by choosing Yellow or overreach by choosing Green. In many cases pride won. And as Proverbs told us: Pride goeth before the fall.

The Green course was easily the most chosen course on the day. But almost 70% of the participants were “DNF” or “Did Not Finish” either because they could not find all of the controls, ran out of time or ran out of gas. The course was also deceptively long or steep. That was choice orienteers had to make –climb up and down OR go around and add significant distance. One orienteer, Andreas Johansson, estimated that for him the 5.9K course was easily more than 10K. The Red course provided a similar dilemma. But as with all of Stan’s courses one can count on the controls being where they are supposed to be. But expect to be a little more winded that you might have originally thought when you get there.

But DNFs aside, everyone seemed to have fun. Some mumbled about the shape they were in. (I mumbled about that myself when I was picking up control #43) Others came back and commiserated with more seasoned orienteers and discussed the eureka of certain route choices taken as well as the lament others trekked. Some of our long time favorites came out and joined us, Frank and Wes Mahne, Gayle and Tim Burdick. We also had a lot of new or newer faces, which is always very encouraging to us who worry about our sport’s appeal. So all in all, It was a satisfying and fitting final event for 2015.

Thanks to everyone who played a role in making each event happen.

A few special shout outs and special thanks:

  • Hazel Barton for reinvigorating our membership base. Because of her, our membership numbers have climbed in each of the past two years. She also designs a pretty keen Scout patch.
  • Fred Mailey, our e-punch coordinator. But Fred is also just Mr. Everything. He course designs, he is an Orienteering for Beginners Instructor, he designed and led an orienteering activity for Cub Scout day camp, he is a constant control collector and is assisting in mapping.
  • Richard Toth was a volunteering beast this year. It seems that Richard volunteered at half of the activities that we conducted this season.
  • Andreas Johansson has jumped in with new energy and sense of mission around catapulting our sport forward. He redesigned our club website, taught Orienteering for Beginners and is now designing and administering some introductory O’ activities for early in the new year – including a revived course design clinic.

There are always others who should be mentioned. And to you all… THANK YOU!


White Course: 9 controls 1.9 km 100 m
  1 Michael Frazee                 55:33
  2 Burden Family                  81:27
  3 Yisrael Wilks                  89:13
  4 Thomas Boyd                    95:43
  5 Sarah Lombard                  96:36
    Gayle Burdick                  DNF

Yellow Course: 10 controls 3.8 km 100 m
  1 Tim and Lexi Feaser            87:54
  2 Sanae Rosers                   92:50
  3 Wes and Frank Mahne            112:37
  4 David Kulik                    131:50
  5 Hal Weaver                     148:58
  6 Andrew Strobel                 177:15
    Rich Perrenoud                 DNF
    Lois and Dan Wiesbrook         DNF
    Bruce Ferraro                  DNF
    Tim Burdric                    DNF

Green Course: 13 controls 5.9 km 100 m
  1 Zuzana Kiacova                 122:07
  2 Paul Frankman                  126:25
  3 Elizabeth Freiheir             128:02
  4 Andreas Johansson              130:26
  5 Fred Mailey                NEO 139:09
  6 Mark Stypczynski               165:34
    Neil Dolinger                  DNF
    Mark Levey                     DNF
    N2013543 N2013543              DNF
    Laurence Porter                DNF
    Jeff and Alex Perry            DNF
    Alexi Kondratien               DNF
    Jan Smink                      DNF
    Vera Yudovina                  DNF
    Phil WadsWorth                 DNF
    Brandi Napier                  DNF
    Kevin Pererra                  DNF
    Dwight Epling                  DNF

Red Course: 14 controls 7.6 km 100 m
  1 Todd Pownell                   96:59
  2 Randy Mitchell             NEO 106:31
    Stephen Johnson                DNF
    Ivan Redinger              NEO DNF
    Dominic Conte                  DNF


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Sample Map

Here’s the Green Course, re-created in Purple Pen, for review purposes only.

Johansson Green North Chagrin 1NOV2015 ppen

Detailed Split Data

RouteGadget / GPS Tracks & Attack Point

Race Result / Camp Manatoc September 19, 2015

Lots of people came out for this event! We had lots of Scouts (both boys, girls, and Venture Scouts) attend, as well as club regulars. Here are the race results from the various courses, and as always, check this link for more detailed split data.

Here’s the report from the event organizer, Ivan Redinger:

September 19, 2015

Fifteen units of Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Crew members gathered at the Manatoc Scout Reservation on September 19th to spend the day orienteering. Many started their day receiving instructions from NEOOC members Howard Montgomery, Andreas Johansson, Ken Lappin, and Dave Dysle.

Multiple courses for scouts of all skill levels had been designed and set by Tim Feaser and Steve Wells. Registration of nearly 150 scouts, and additional public participants, was deftly handled by Registrar KathyJo Rufener and Starter/Timer Rob Donaldson.

With the weather holding steady, scouts attacked courses all morning, and into the early afternoon. Around 3 p.m., as the courses emptied, control collectors hit the trails, including Fred Mailey, Ken, Howard, Tim, and several participating units. Mother Nature then let go with a deluge that left those volunteers soaked to the bone. Those brave enough to venture out in the torrent to attend the skull session to review the maps and strategies employed earlier in the day, were rewarded with a smorgasbord of delicious pies.

After dinner, the orienteers again gathered for a short score course Night-O, designed and set by Bob Boltz. Just before dusk, Registrar Phil Wadsworth had everyone signed in, so Starter Mark Stypczynski could get the zealous crowd off to a mass start. Timer Ken Lappin awaited them at the finish line.

September 20, 2015

Representatives from 8 units participated in the competitive Championship courses laid out by Course Designer Steve Hendrix. Steve and his crew had done late night duty getting the courses ready for Sunday. His crew of setters included Greg Hendrix, Curtis Hendrix, and volunteer scouts from Troop 504.

Fred Mailey, switching hats once again, served as Registrar, while Steve Hendrix distributed maps to the participants just minutes before they headed over to Starter Ken Lappin. Timer Steve Marsh recorded their returns and tallied the results.

Units used team points accumulated over all three events to bid on useful and fun personal and troop gear. The event patches, and the award plaques for the placers, were designed by Hazel Barton.

2015 badge - submitted draft

It’s not too early to mark your 2016 calendar for Sept. 17 & 18, the next NOSOC weekend, when we’ll all gather again at the Manatoc Scout Reservation to see who can discover fun off the beaten path.

All this, in PDF: NOSOC 2015 EVENT REPORT

Race Results

Race Results from Scout Events: Sunday & Unit Results

White Course - Scouts
  1 GS60544/StephenJohnson                    24
  2 T289/DeadMoose-Rocco,Adrian,Will          41
  3 T122/FlamingArrows                        53
  4 T122/UnknownFlyingSquirrels               56
  5 T330/Wynners-Mike,Jason,Steven            57
  6 P3506                                     64
  7 P11/GooGoo-Spencer,Ryan,John              67
  8 T289/FallingCats-James,Sean,Devin         70
  9 P3451/Bear-Asa,Thomas,Ethan               73
 10 T35/Pirates                               79
 11 T558/GreaseLightning-Ricky,Thomas         88
 12 T558/Adventurers                          90
 13 P11/ChickenWingGuac-Thomas,Mason,Jack     93
 14 T558/Outdoor Chedder                      94
 15 P3451/BLE-Ethan,Liam                      96
 16 P11/DynamicDolphins-Evon,Will,Andrew      97
 17 T35/GrisleySlash-Dominic,Miles            113
 18 GS60544/Boliva                            114
    T558/OutdoorAdventurer/Chedder-Max,Nathan DNF
    P11/DaChzSticks                           DNF

White Course - non-Scouts
  1 Scott Gill                                53
  2 Frazee                                    68
  3 Gil Even                                  77

Yellow Course - Scouts: 10 controls 3.3 km 100 m
  1 T289/Dead Moose-Rocco&Adrian&Will      60:03
  2 T122/UnknownFlyingSquirrels            72:49
  3 T330/Wynners-Mike&Jason&Steven         77:53
  4 T289/Falling Cats-James&Sean&Devin     79:05
  5 GS90233/S & S                          83
  6 P3451/Bears-Zach,Robert                88:11
  7 GS90233/Anna                           95
  8 GS90233/JNE                            95
  9 P3451/Bears/TeamLodi-Nathan&Ben        103:43
 10 T454-Matt&Jack                         110:19
 11 T35/Grisley Slash-Dominic Miles        112:27
 12 GS884/Erin et al.                      122:09
 13 T4008/OldGeezers-Ken,John,Ron          128
 14 GS90233/GBAL-Annika,Grace              160
 15 GS90054/Faith et al.                   175:14
 16 GS60544/Boliva                         201:33
 17 T558/Adventurers                       203
 18 T4008/Batmen-JJ,Casey,Winston          213
    T35/Pirates-Gary&Peter&Max             DNF
    T122/Flaming Arrows                    DNF
    T558/Outdoor Chedder                   DNF
    VC2335                                 DNF

Yellow Course - non-Scouts: 10 controls 3.3 km 100 m
 1 Robert Kish                             120
 2 Pat&Noah&Lilly                          143:38
Orange Course - Scouts: 10 controls 3.8 km 100 m
 1 GS60544/Stephen Johnson         62:43
 2 T289/Old Tarts-Chuck&Steve      190:22

Orange Course - non-Scouts: 10 controls 3.8 km 100 m
  1 Ryan Roppel                    90:24
  2 Howard Montgomery          NEO 91:36
  3 Kai Getrost                    97:30
  4 Jeff Perry                 NEO 134:20
    Dominic Conte                  DNF

Green Course: 10 controls 5.1 km 100 m
  1 Zuzana Kiacova                 75:03
  2 Charlotte Chung            NEO 139:10
  3 Randy Mitchell             NEO 143:46
  4 Eric Marotta               NEO 145:27
  5 Lois Wiesbrook                 203:45
    Andreas Johansson          NEO DNF
    Fred Mailey                NEO DNF
    GS60544/Stephen Johnson        DNF
    Neil Dolinger              NEO DNF
    David Farrier                  DNF

Red Course: 12 controls 6.3 km 100 m
  1 Todd Pownell               NEO 88:06
  2 Bob Boltz                  NEO 90:13
    T4008/DuctTape-Riley&Seth&Ryan DNF

Detailed Split Data

RouteGadget / GPS Tracks

If you ran with a GPS watch, or other tracking device, feel free to add your track to the RouteGadget site for NEOOC. Find it here, or through the menu above under Events > NEOOC RouteGadget

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Scout Championships 2015 Results (Camp Manatoc)

Here are the results from Scout Championships September 20, 2015. For even more, and all the split data, see this full set of results.

White Course: 11 controls 2.6 km

N2026008 Pirates - DNF (Did Not Finish)

Yellow Course: 16 controls 3.5 km

1 N2026013 SandS - 54:09
 2 N2026011 Rawwww - 57:47
 3 Kenneth Witalis - 68:59
 4 Gold Fish - 89:12
 5 Karen Stecker - 94:43
 6 The Cripples - 96:36
 7 Sean Devin - 98:08
 8 N2013540 Newbie - 120:00
 9 Bruce Larry - 137:44
 10 N2013548 Rocketeers - 167:24

Navy Seals - DNF
 Grizzly Slash - DNF
 N2013547 Phoenix - DNF
 Greese Lightening - DNF
 N2026002 MR - DNF

Orange Course: 16 controls 3.6 km

1 Steve Johnson - 54:52
 2 Highland Hornets - 84:35
 3 David Plentovich - 97:22
 4 Pizza Men - 134:23
 5 Milk Man - 182:30