Central New York Orienteering
27th Annual Scout O
Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 2020 plus extended dates Nov 7-13
Highland Forest Park, Fabius, NY — Valley Camp (42.81245 N, 75.91551 W)

New for 2021: 28th Annual Scout O November 6-14, 2021
Patrol competition and camping are back! See 2021 page

A chance for Scouts and other youth groups to learn and practice the art of navigating in the woods with map and compass.
Extended dates: Self-serve courses will be set and available for use November 7 through November 15. Guided map hikes featuring instruction for beginners will be available on November 14 and 15, or other days by appointment (inquire at registration).

Guided Map Hikes: Members of the CNYO club will give guided map hikes to groups of youths and their leaders. (Leaders are required to participate in the map hike.) Youth and leaders can expect to learn things like orienting a map, map symbols, terrain features, catching and safety features, route choices, plus much more. Compass use will only be lightly touched upon as it is more important to be able to read the map correctly.

Guided map hikes start from 8:45 AM to 11:00 AM on November 14 and 15 (or other days and times by request) and take around an hour or so. When you register, you may indicate a starting time that your group would prefer. We will accommodate requests as closely as possible, subject to COVID-19 safe scouting crowd size requirements.

Don't need a guide? If your group has someone able to lead your own map hike, you are free to choose any day and time but please tell us your plans so we can monitor crowd density. Starting no later than 2 PM is advisable to be out of the woods before dark.

More Courses to Try: Two additional courses, one short and one long, will be available to do on your own after your map hike. You can do one or both.

COVID-19 precautions: This event will follow all New York State and safe scouting guidelines, including the maximum of 50 people at an event. Troops will meet their instructors at 15 minute intervals so that one group can start their hike before the next group arrives. Please arrive as close as possible to your assigned time; if you arrive early, enjoy other parts of the park until it's time for your hike.

Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained. Leaders are responsible for keeping group sizes within the safe scouting guidelines (local council info: BSA Longhouse Council or GS of NYPenn Pathways) and supervising youth compliance. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if needed. Latrines will be cleaned every hour. No one except club members may enter the cabins.

There will be no in-person registration. A box will be provided for waivers to be dropped off. Punches and punch cards will not be used. If you can't print your own maps and have arranged for us to print maps for you, they will be sealed in a zip-lock bag and held at Valley Camp.

Sunday Patrol Competition and overnight camping cannot be offered this year.

Next year we hope/plan to return to our usual full event!

Maps: After you register, you'll receive a link to download and print maps.
Pre-registration required, preferably by Nov 6. Please register as a troop. To register, send the following information by email to Stacy Pendell:
  1. Troop/group/pack number and city or town
  2. Age range of scouts
  3. Approximate number of scouts
  4. Preferred day and start time
  5. Do you want a guided map hike led by a member of our club?
  6. Will you need us to provide printed maps, or can you print your own? Standard 8 1/2 by 11" size, full color. (Link to PDF files will be provided after you register.)
  7. Number of patches
  8. Complete contact information for leader(s) who will be on site, including full name and phone number
Once your information is received, watch for a return email confirming your start time. Register early to get first choice of times.

Waiver required: A completed waiver must be received for every person who will be in the woods, whether youth or adult. These can be sent by paper mail, email, or dropped in a box at the event.

Help Wanted: Older, orienteering-experienced Scouts may be able to fulfill badge or service requirements by leading map hikes for younger Scouts. Please contact us to volunteer.
  Fees: There is no fee for the basic event this year. If you would like us to print maps for you, they will cost $1 per map and require 10 days advance notice. Patches will be $3 each and limited to the first 250 paid registrants.

Payment options: Send a check by mail (preferred), ask for our PayPal link ($3 surcharge), or bring to the event a check or exact amount of cash in an envelope labeled with your troop number. Checks should be payable to either "Central New York Orienteering" or "CNYO". Mailing address: Stacy Pendell, 321 State Route 38, Locke, NY 13092.

Directions: Take I-81 to Exit 14 (Tully, NY). Follow Route 80 east for 10 miles, passing through Fabius, to the park entrance on the right. At the gate, continue straight south into the park (not left toward Skyline Lodge). Follow orange-and-white orienteering signs to the meet headquarters. Headquarters this year will be Valley Camp.

Event will be held outdoors regardless of weather. Trails may be muddy or icy. Participants should come prepared for the weather, and bring their own water and snacks.

Questions: If you have questions about the events, please contact Stacy Pendell (315-729-2894, sjp16 @ cornell.edu).