Troop 18 Nobscot Fall Scout Orienteering Weekend

Hey scouts, you’re invited to a weekend of Orienteering with the New England Orienteering Club. It will be a weekend of outdoor adventure as Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, and Girl Scouts learn and practice map and compass skills as well as work on orienteering-related badge requirements.

The date for the trip is Saturday, October 27, 2018 and Sunday, October 28, 2018.

The location is Nobscot Scout Reservation, 1 Nobscot Rd., Sudbury, Mass.

We will meet at the Church at 6 pm on Friday, October 26 for the short trip to Nobscot. Please eat dinner first. If you have not already turned in your permission slip, payment, and signed waiver form, bring it. The $50 fee covers two days of Orienteering, 2 nights in a cabin at Nobscot, and food for Saturday and Sunday.

Our schedule on Saturday is:

Troop 18’s start time is 10:30 a.m. for Orienteering workshops and training.
Saturday’s program is skill development, training, and practice. Scouts (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills such that they will be able to participate in Sunday’s competition regardless of prior experience. Ample orienteering courses will be available for scouts to practice their orienteering skills. Courses close at 3 p.m.
12 Noon: Merit badge meeting – bring any previous work. There will be MB counselors available throughout the weekend to sign off on completed requirements. Bring your Orienteering blue card!

On Saturday evening, we will go night orienteering. Try a variation of the traditional foot orienteering. Bring your headlamp or flashlight (as well as compass and whistle) for an adventure after dark. Starts between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. This part of the weekend will be open to NEOC members and the general public as well as Scouts.

On Sunday will be the annual New England Scout Orienteering Championship competition. Scouts (as well as adults) will compete for trophies with other scouts of same gender and same rank or age level.
Scouts compete only once. Scouts should not do an additional course on Sunday.
Sunday registration opens at 8:30. First teams start at 9:00.
Award ceremony will be as soon as results are tabulated, hopefully around 1:00 at Legion Hall.

IMPORTANT:

We will still go whether it’s raining or not. Maps are in plastic bags. Scouts should dress for the weather. It’s up to the unit leader’s discretion whether to participate or not when the weather is less than ideal.

Each Scout must have their own signed Release and Waiver of Liability. Bring with you on Friday night, October 26 and hand in to your adult leaders.

Troop 18 has reserved a cabin for Friday and Saturday nights. Scouts will be cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Each individual, pair, or group must have:
Compass: A basic protractor type compass with clear plastic base works just fine. Rental compasses will be available for $0.50 plus deposit.
Whistle
Watch (there is always a time limit)

Drinks (hot and cold), hot dogs and snacks (candy, etc.) will be available both days. Scouts may bring a small amount of cash for concessions if wanted.

The permission slip is listed here, please bring a printed copy along with the $50 fee on the trip.