Central Texas Spring-O, Sat March 28, 2020
Spring Orienteering Meet for Scouts @ Taylor Park

ALL Scouts, ALL Ages are welcome.  Scouters can run the courses as well!  Early bird registration fee until midnight March 16th.

  • Photos:  2019, 2018
  • Registration will open in the fall.
  • Order T-shirts by 3/16/2020
  • Fun Orienteering Meet for SCOUTS
  • Join the mail list here for updates.
  • Come as an individual, or a small group or the whole Troop/Pack!
  • Choose from three course difficulties : beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate courses (during the day)
  • Night-O course (after dark race against the clock to find reflective markers)
  • Orienteering Merit Badge Clinic with Relay Orienteering Competition (class size limited)
  • Beginner Instruction
  • Come just for the Meet or make it a camp-out… its up to you
  • Look at the Participant Guide for details
  • Flyer to share with your scouts, here
  • Top 10 reasons to go Orienteering, here

Preliminary Event Schedule:

7:45am  Morning Flags (optional for campers or early participants)
8:00am – 10:30am  Check-in (get your event patch, punch card, and start-time) @ TBD
9:00am – 10:30am    Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic Part 1 (Campsite TBD)
10:00am – 10:30am  Beginner Instruction  (Campsite TBD)
10:45am  1st Start-time; ALL COURSES OPEN
— Lunch (on your own)
 2:00pm  Courses Closed
— All Orienteers should be checked in to FINISH or HQ by 2:30pm —
2:00pm  Spring-O Awards @ START Area
2:30-4:30pm Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic Part 2 and Relay Orienteering
5:00pm  Evening Flags
— Dinner (on your own)
7:45pm Assemble for Night-O (at START AREA)
8:00pm – 8:45pm Night-O (Score-O)

The main event is the Spring O Point-to-Point orienteering race during the day (see below).  The Night-O is added for extra fun for Orienteers that stay later and to help Scouts get in another course toward their Orienteering Merit Badge.

Learn more about Orienteering and other local events @ Austin Orienteering Club: http://austinoc.com/Orienteering

Answers to FAQs (if you read the participant guide, it should answer most of your questions)

  • Who is invited?  All Scouts and Youth Organizations.
  • How old do you have to be?  This event is for all scouts, all ages. Adults can compete too!   10 and under must be on the course with an adult (register as “recreational”, this is not eligible for a medal).   6 and under are free (chaperoning adult still pays “recreational” registration)
  • Camping is OPTIONAL.  If you’re not camping, just be sure to get here before check-in closes at 10:30am to get your start time and punch card.  You can leave when you are done with the course, and/or stay for Awards, and/or stay for the Night-O.
  • There is no food service.  There will be water available to fill your own bottles but you need to come prepared with your own food and/or snacks.
  • What is a Point-to-Point?  An Orienteering event where 8-12 control points must be navigated to (in order) and punch-card punched to show evidence that you found each point.  Our Spring-O courses will range from 1.5 to 3.5 miles.  You can go at your own pace just for fun, or run as fast as you can and compete for the best time in your class (and a medal or ribbon to prove it!)
  • What is a Score-O?  An Orienteering event where participants search for as many control points as they can (worth varying points) within a time limit.  Participants should consider the point value and think about how they can maximize their points in the short time-frame.  Our Score-O will be 45 minutes.
  • What is Rec?  Rec is Recreational class/category for participants who are not competing.  You are timed but not eligible for a medal.  If you want to run in a group of more than 2, or any youth/adult teams are REC.