General

Girl Scouts USA National Convention

It was possible for Orienteering USA to have an exhibit and indoor orienteering course at the Girl Scout USA national convention this October in Columbus, Ohio, thanks to very generous cash donations by Barb Bryant, Clare Durand, and Mike Minium.  Volunteers Shin Shimizu, Chiori Shimizu, Earl Reisinger (all of COO) and Mike Minium (OCIN) staffed the exhibit and introduced many girls and leaders to the sport.  Several thousand convention participants passed by our exhibit, and many stopped to pick up information, ask questions, or try the indoor course.

2017 - Mapping Workshop Summary

September

14 people joined in a mapping workshop at Rochester’s Falls Classic National Event for "woods” mapping. The workshop started with a discussion of mapping principles, pace count, and setting magnetic north. After a view of the Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park (which was quite spectacular), participants used the provided LiDAR base map to map a series of reentrants, spurs, and complex topography.

Ed Despard Reports on IOF 2017 High Level Events Seminar

In February 2017, Ed Despard and Jay Hann attended the IOF High Level Event Seminar (HLES) in Warsaw Poland. Ed went to the conference with a lens of his interests in technology and event production, hoping to be able to bring some insights back to the U.S. for the coming season of orienteering events. Here is what he had to say about it all.

O-Fest 2016 Training at Harriman State Park, 20-21 September

Thierry Gueorgiou (of the French Orienteering Team) and Victoria Campbell (QOC) have teamed up to plan informal training on the Long Mountain map (© USMAOC), in Harriman State Park in New York. Streamers will be hung by Tuesday morning, 20 September 2016.

There will be a mix of exercises aimed at advanced orienteers, with one of them designed by Thierry Gueorgiou. Maps are available for download below. Maps are self-print, and training is self-serve and at your own risk. Please do not cross into USMA land, as we do not have permission to be there.

Icebug Announces Exclusive Offer for OUSA Members Starting July 31st, 2015

Icebug USA would like to announce the following special offer exclusively for OUSA members.

Save 10% on all orders placed through www.icebug.com/us using code OUSA15. In addition to your savings, you will receive the famous Swedish beer “sweater” (insulated beverage holder) with every order.

SafeSport Training for Coaches

SAFETY IS PRIME CONCERN

To maintain Coaching status, all certified coaches are required to view the SafeSport 90-minute video training, complete with quizzes, covering the topics of bullying, hazing, harassment and physical, sexual and emotional abuse in sport.

This requirement has been in place since 1 July 2014 and has become part of the required training for all certified coaches regardless of the certification path they choose and is part of a larger effort that Orienteering USA has been undertaking to ensure the safety of our Juniors.

Strategic Plan Review -- Your Comments Welcome

The Strategic Planning Committee has published a draft proposal to guide the way that Orienteering USA should move forward in the next few years. As a work-in-progress, improvements can and will be made to the plan, and we request the help of the U.S. orienteering community.

Our hope is that the Plan is made final by late summer 2014 so that the Board can adopt it at their Fall Board meeting, and align the budget with the Strategic Plan. We are looking for comments, ideas, and contributions to make the Plan a useful roadmap.

O Kansas Members win Sunflower State Games Adventure Race

Orienteer Kansas team members Sandy Beverly, Fletcher Hamel and Michael Eglinski won the elite division at the Sunflower State Games Adventure Race at Milford Lake State Park, on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Beverly, Hamel and Eglinski, all Lawrence residents, completed the course in 3 hours and 49 minutes. During the competition, they biked, navigated and canoed to various checkpoints throughout the park.

Membership Number Scheme Revision

UPDATE: New memberships starting in late 2014 or early 2015 will be assigned using '2' as the first digit. If you have had a long-standing membership, be sure to use your revised member number (see below) when registering for events, not the one that existed prior to August 2011.
October 24, 2014


UPDATE: You can now log in to the Membership Database and find your membership number and update your address, email, or other information, renew your membership, etc.

IOF Publication Features U.S. Orienteers

In the latest issue of Inside Orienteering, the IOF's news publication produced six times a year, U.S. orienteers are featured in two articles.