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May 3, 2014

An Indiegogo fundraiser has been designed to reward you as you support the Junior Team.

The 24-member U.S. national standing team has been training hard to build both the physical power for off-trail running, and the mental ability to read a map, plan a route, and navigate under intense pressure in unfamiliar terrain. Help us achieve our goal of racing against the top land navigators in the world.

What We Need

The total cost of the trip is $48,000 for 16 athletes to train and compete at the 2014 Junior World Championships. The juniors and their families are paying for the plane tickets. We want to raise enough to pay for the costs of competition and subsidize the housing. To supplement this Indiegogo campaign, the juniors have been selling food at national meets, working paid jobs, and are asking local running and outdoor stores for sponsorships.

> Go to the Fundraiser Page

April 16, 2014

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February 27, 2014

January 1, 2014

November 23, 2013

September 4, 2013

  • Anti-doping: All athletes hoping to compete in regional and international competition should be aware of world anti-doping guidelines. .... read more
  • Travel Permission forms: Forms granting travel permission and power of attorney (to obtain medical assistance as needed, etc.) are posted.

May 25, 2013

Selection criteria for team selection for the 2014 JWOC Team posted. Juniors interested in being on next year's team should review the requirements. [updated October 9, 2013]

April 18, 2013

Support the Team with a donation online or by mail. You can specify that your donation be allocated to the Junior Team.

Junior Team Executive Steering Committee (ESC) Leaders

Committee Chair:  Guy Olsen (guypolsen [at] aol [dot] com)
Junior Team Administrator:  Barb Bryant (junior_admin [at] orienteeringusa [dot] org)

Junior Team Coach: Erin Schirm (emschirm [at] syr [dot] edu)


Use this contact form to send feedback to the JTESC. You can submit anonymous comments, or if you would like a response, include your name and contact information.

Orienteering USA Partners with Road ID to Support Juniors

Road ID Link: Support U.S. Juniors!Orienteering USA is teaming up with RoadID, and the goal of the arrangement is to produce revenue that will support junior orienteering programs.

RoadID is a personalized identification product that can be used by an athlete while training and competing. In the case of accident or medical emergency, it can provide valuable information to medical personnel. RoadID offers a measure of safety that athletes, their family and coaches will appreciate.

Purchases can be made through a link on the Orienteering USA website or with an order form that is being supplied to clubs and A meets. A part of each purchase will be used to fund programs for Juniors like the summer trips to participate in international orienteering meets and other efforts like the junior development team.

To produce a commission for Orienteering USA, an order must be placed:

  • through the link on the Orienteering USA website (by clicking here or on the O Vendors page)
  • via a coded order form (available from your club)
  • or by supplying the Orienteering USA code (14F) when ordering by phone or going directly to RoadID's website

Check out the styles of personalized identification offered by Road ID by using the link above, or on the O Vendors page. Order one for yourself and every athlete in your family. Show your RoadID to your friends, classmates, and teammates, and give them the Orienteering USA URL (www.orienteeringusa.org) so their order will go through the link. Every single order (including other products available on the RoadID website) will yield financial support for junior programs.

The Road ID promotion is an outgrowth of an idea to sell merchandise that would provide a dedicated stream of income for junior orienteering. We didn't get very far due to the challenges of designing, stocking and shipping merchandise. Other hurdles were a lack of money to invest in inventory and the manpower to do the requisite financial accounting. The RoadID arrangement requires only that Orienteering USA promote the product.

Stephanie Martineau

Other Fund Raising for the U.S. Junior Team

  • Junior Fundraiser T-Shirt QuiltCurrent fund raising efforts involve selling food at A-meets to hungry orienteers. All Juniors and their families, in fact anyone interested in supporting the effort, are encouraged to volunteer at the Junior Concession Fund Raisers. Please contact Barb Bryant if you are interested in helping.
  • Silent Auctions are often conducted at one of the spring A-meets (sometimes the West Point A-meet in late April or early May). Donations of all kinds of items, from crafts to usable household items to coupons for free meet entry, are welcome and appreciated. Watch for announcements of future Silent Auctions on the USOFClubnet mail list and on Attackpoint.
  • In 2006 and 2007, we raffled tickets to win a T-shirt quilt similar to the one pictured at right. Funds raised benefit the Junior Team. The winners of those quilts were Suzanne Armstrong and Donna Fluegel. Anyone interested in coordinating similar projects can contact Orienteering USA to find out how Janet Porter organized them.