works at CRS with me, a floor above. She is very enthusiastic about doing a presentation on orienteering at work. Hopefully we'll be able to make it happen!
Cool. Small world. Let me know if I can help with anything for the presentation.
She told me today that her cast is good advertising for O because when people offer sympathy she tells people she had fun breaking her arm.
My "ears" were burning!
So I hope to do a browbag (for my division or all CRS/LOC, whatever makes sense), maybe the Wednesday lunchtime before Manassas (April 3). That way it will be fresh before the next QOC meet.
You experts might help me out -- I can do a little introductory stuff -- got my first practice doing a couple of beginner talks last Sunday. And let Boris inspire people with his advanced and more fun adventures -- either that day or in a follow-up. (I think people will have lots of questions after they've tried, and maybe need encouragement or advice to go to a second meet.)
Here is what I think I should cover in an introductory session.
(Put up some cool o-videos from online on one of those otherwise pretty useless SmartBoards in our conference rooms for watching while people arrive.)
Hand out map symbols and control symbols cheat-sheets.
Hand out QOC webpage and schedule
Provide link to full set of IOC symbols
Hand out sample o-map with yellow course
Explain purpose: Go to controls in order as smoothly/quickly as you can - show picture of controls, show start, control circles, and finish on map
1. Keep map oriented
2. Show/demonstrate baseplate compass
3. 5 X 5 grid exercise that Erin ran in Tucson for keeping map oriented
4. Do exercise to take bearing on baseplate compass from control to control
5. Show that best route may not be on straight bearing (e.g., trails, other handrails, obstacles)
6. Show RouteMap for entering route and looking at other routes after the courses
I think that should be more than enough for 1 hour. Comments?
Boris, if you would rather do this, please let me know. I don't pretend to have your experience or skill. I think I mentioned that one of the most useful helps I received was when Anne showed me one of Tom Strat's courses and talked me through how he must have selected his route. I think that it would be great for you to do that sometime for a group.
It would be great if we could borrow some baseplate compasses so people can try them out. I'm volunteering at Manassas early so I could get them back before anyone else wants to borrow them.
Oh, CARE should be explained, maybe as #1 o 2 in that:
And thumbing the map
I used to show routegadget between classes at West Point as a recruiting tool - they loved watching the little dots go, especially when they knew the people. The further someone went off the map, the better!
I have a bag of compasses at home. I can bring them both to the lunch presentation and to Manassas.
Jane, want to meet up for coffee tomorrow to talk in a bit more detail (provided the metro is running again)?
Thanks for visiting my log, Jane. I look forward to seeing you at more events, especially Manassas.
Thanks for all the support and ideas. (I'm meeting Boris in a little while to plot.)
That's a great idea to show the animations for Route Gadget. We are a pretty nerdy group here. :-) We'll show some fun videos too, while we're waiting people to get seated and during the exercise(s). I even found one with a younger Boris featured!