Course Design Workshop / Saturday, 18 MAR 2017

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Join NEOOC’s mapping guru Bob Boltz and a few others to learn more about course design, and what it takes to prepare great, but appropriately challenging, maps for all participants – from beginner to advanced orienteers. Topics will include basic design principles, designing for the beginner and advanced orienteer, and how to check your design for trouble areas. You’ll learn how to use Purple Pen, a course design software, as part of the workshop.

Workshop Objective: Introduce experienced orienteers to the task of designing appropriate courses for all levels of orienteering.

The Course Design workshop features both hands on work with maps (old school) – handy for when beginning to think about an event, and instruction on the Purple Pen software (a freely available course design program used by many course designers.) We’ll also cover how to properly mark a course (during preparation), and how to hang and retrieve controls (part of setting a course).

Feel free to bring your own laptop with Purple Pen loaded already (see link below), and any old maps you may have for discussion and review. Bring some note taking materials, and be ready to ask lots of questions. A red pen or marker helps in marking the maps. A red, thin, permanent marker makes a great tool for course design!

Workshop Schedule

  • 9:30 – 11:30 – Course design basics, etc. (classroom)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch (on your own) (lots of available locations within 5 minutes)
  • 12:30 – 3:00 – Purple Pen / Design a course using course design software

DATE & TIME & EVENT FEE

  • Saturday, March 18th, 2017
  • 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM (1 hr lunch on your own)
  • $10 for NEOOC Members / $15 for non-members (+ minimal processing fee from Eventbrite)
    • (includes donuts & coffee, instruction, handouts, practice maps, etc.)

REGISTRATION

Please let us know here if you plan on attending:

LOCATION

Kenston Intermediate School’s Innovation Lab
17419 Snyder Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

STAFFING

  • Workshop Lead & Facilitator – Bob Boltz
  • Assistant Facilitator – Andreas Johansson

WEATHER

This workshop is mainly indoors, but may venture outside if the weather cooperates!

RESOURCES

Orienteering for Beginners @ North Chagrin / Sunday April 17, 11:30AM – 1PM

ABOUT

Join the Orienteering for Beginners event to learn about the sport of orienteering, how to work the map and compass, and ultimately, how to be successful on a beginner course. We’ll have plenty of instructors, and activities for you to try your skill at finding controls, use a few orienteering techniques, and venture out on a short, but easy course to build your skill.

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!

LOCATION

Strawberry Picnic Area on Buttermilk Falls Pkwy

REGISTRATION, FEES & START TIMES

  • Registration starts at 11:30AM.
  • General Fee – $15 ($3 for extra maps)
  • Boy & Girl Scouts – $5 ($3 for extra maps)
  • NEOOC Annual Individual Membership – $15
  • Basic Instruction – FREE!

STAFF

  • Event Director: Howard Montgomery
  • Course Designer: Howard Montgomery
  • Setter: Andreas Johansson
  • Registrar: Jeff Perry
  • Instructors: Howard Montgomery, Andreas Johansson
  • Starter: N/A
  • Timer: N/A
  • Greeter: N/A

Event Recap & Results / Merit Badge Workshop – Orienteering / 12MAR2016

Recap

We were just getting started with 30 pre-registered scouts, when 12 more showed up to learn about orienteering! A few more tables and chairs later, and we were all learning about the basics of orienteering. Some of the requirements for the Boy Scout Merit Badge for orienteering were covered, and scouts practiced taking compass bearings, recording their pace count, learned about land forms, orienteering map features, and some of the basic techniques an orienteer uses while on a course.

After lunch, we headed outside for actual practice around campus, and scouts navigated one of two courses at the yellow level, with a few controls in the woods, off path. All scouts returned from the first endeavor wanting more, so we sent them back out on the alternative course. Much fun was had, and lots of learning took place, with sessions afterwards discussing the finer details of orienteering and map reading with merit badge counselors and NEOOC club members.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event happen (see below) and thank you to KCE (Kenston Community Education office) for helping us organize the event on the Kenston campus.

Staff

Thank you to all the volunteers, club members, and KCE!

  • Event Director, Course Designer, and Lead Instructor – Andreas Johansson
  • Merit Badge Counselor, Scout Guru, and Pizza Champion – Ivan Redinger
  • Scout Wranglers – Sanae Rogers, Dave Dysle
  • Registrar & Greeter – Richard Toth
  • e-Punch Guru & Data Wizard – Fred Mailey
  • All the Troop Leaders that helped manage a fine day of learning for your scouts.
  • All the parents that stayed with your kids, and helped us make it a great day!

Pictures

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Resources

Results

*Results reflect only 9 controls, as one (#55) had an issue with data retention, and we removed it from the results below.

Scout A Course: 9 controls 1.7 km 50 m
  1 Team Storm                     16:57
  2 Andreas Johansson              17:41
  3 Jimmy and Co - T122            17:54
  4 Austin and Co                  17:59
  5 Donald Trump                   21:09
  6 T402                           25:56
  7 David and Co - T236            29:12
  8 Scorepions                     32:11
  9 Scorepions                     32:14
 10 Jimmy and Co - T122            36:20
 11 Jack Wendy Logan               37:28
 12 Mckenzie and Co                45:09
 13 Team Storm                     48:04

Scout B Course: 9 controls 1.7 km 50 m
  1 Phillips and Co                11:46
  2 T402                           15:18
  3 Phillips and Co                18:22
  4 William Liam Robt              20:14
  5 David and Co - T236            22:39
  5 Mckenzie and Co                22:39
  7 Austin and Co                  23:18
  8 Alison and Co                  27:01
  9 Donald Trump                   33:14
 10 Claus and Co                   38:46
 11 Lander Burk John               54:09

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.

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

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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