Central New York Orienteering
28th Annual Scout O
Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14, 2021 plus extended dates Nov 6-12
Highland Forest Park, Fabius, NY — Pines Camp (42.83205 N, 75.92329 W)

A chance for Scouts and other youth groups to learn and practice the art of navigating in the woods with map and compass.
Guided Map Hikes: Sunday Nov 7, Saturday Nov 13, or other days (Nov 6-14) by appointment
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.
Advanced map hike option available for those age 13 & older who have attended this event for at least three years.

Guided map hikes start from 8:45 AM to 11:00 AM and take around an hour or so. When you register, you may indicate a day and starting time that your group would prefer. We will accommodate requests as closely as possible and confirm times by email.

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, November 6-13, but please tell us your plans. 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.

Extended dates: Self-serve courses will be set and available for use November 6 through November 14. Guided map hikes featuring instruction for beginners will be available on November 7 and 13, or other days by appointment (inquire at registration).

Patrol Competition: Sunday Nov 14
Youth compete in patrols or teams of two sizes, small (3 to 5 people) or large (5 to 8 people). Each patrol needs a name and a leader. During the competition, patrols may break into smaller groups of at least 2 people to visit controls. Individual competitors are not allowed. This event has a different format than Saturday in that controls may be visited in any order. Adults may accompany youth for safety but may not assist youth in locating controls. Adults may register to compete separately, as individuals or in adult-only patrols.

8:45 AM: Mandatory patrol leaders' meeting to go over the rules, with map handouts immediately following. (Leaders should plan on having their groups registered before this time so they don't miss out on the instructions.)
Mass start 9:30 AM / time limit 90 minutes

Awards for each group size in each category (for each sex and co-eds) will be handed out soon after the finish of the event.

COVID-19 precautions: This event will follow all New York State and safe scouting guidelines. Leaders are responsible for following safe scouting guidelines (local council info: BSA Longhouse Council or GS of NYPenn Pathways) and supervising youth compliance.

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.

Pre-registration required, preferably by Nov 5. 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, or would you rather lead your own?
  6. Number of maps you would like us to print for you, at $1 per map. If you have a color printer, you can print your own maps on standard 8 1/2 by 11" paper. (Link to PDF map files will be provided after you register.)
  7. Number of patches at $3 per patch
  8. Contact information for at least one leader who will be on site, including full name and phone number
  9. Sunday patrol competition: if you plan on attending, approximate number of competitors and number of maps (maps shared by 2-3 scouts)
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.

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.
  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 Pines Camp.

Camping Nov 12-14: Tent camping sites at the Cedars Tenting Area may be reserved at a cost of $20 per group for the weekend. Campsite selection is first come first served. You can set up anytime after noon Friday. Please indicate when you register whether your group will be camping on Friday night, Saturday night, both nights, or not camping.

Help Wanted: Older, orienteering-experienced Scouts may be able to fulfill badge or service requirements by leading map hikes for younger Scouts, or by running a timed race Saturday afternoon. Please contact us to volunteer.

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