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Discussion: Permanent Course Question

in: Orienteering; General

Jun 8, 2016 11:02 PM # 
SoundTheHorn:
I appoligize if ahead if my post is not appropriate hete.
My son is a 13 year old scout that is working on orienteering merit badge. He needs to complete several courses as a requirement. Our troop has a permanent course he has run already. We are looking for a few others. He is by no means an expert but us handy with compass. Does the club have permanent courses? If so, are they available for general use?

Thanks.
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Jun 8, 2016 11:04 PM # 
SoundTheHorn:
I should have reviewed my post prior to hitting send. Too many typos using my phone.
Jun 8, 2016 11:14 PM # 
JanetT:
Where are you?
Jun 8, 2016 11:16 PM # 
JanetT:
In the U.S.: http://orienteeringusa.org/new-o/resources/permane...

(And why did you entitle this thread "noon question"?)
Jun 8, 2016 11:41 PM # 
cmorse:
My guess is 'noob' question autocorrected. But knowing where the person is located would be key.
Jun 8, 2016 11:48 PM # 
GuyO:
If I am not mistaken, subjects can be edited by the OP.
Jun 9, 2016 1:25 AM # 
tRicky:
It's his first day and yeah it does help to know where you're located before throwing open a question to the entire world.
Jun 9, 2016 2:08 AM # 
yurets:
Regardless of where you are on this planet, I have no doubt you will find orienteering both exciting and brain-stimulating activity. After doing it a few times you may become so addicted that you never go back to your old routine pastimes.
Jun 9, 2016 3:26 AM # 
Tooms:
Albany has two.

That's Albany, WA, Australia. (not the one in the US of A that some locals accidentally order from / book with!!).
Jun 10, 2016 7:05 AM # 
Terje Mathisen:
I suggest you take a look at http://omaps.worldofo.com, you'll find links to maps pretty much everywhere there has been a race within the the last 5-10 years.

At the same time you should contact your local national federation, they know how to find local clubs.
Jun 11, 2016 1:21 PM # 
gordhun:
SoundTheHorn: From the terminology used I expect that you are somewhere in the United States.
If so, congratulations to your son for working towards the orienteering merit badge. If I have read the requirements correctly it is not an easy badge to earn because it not only requires the completion of several courses but the setting of at least one as well.
The requirement would be made a lot more attainable if every Scout Council worked to have every one of their camps and reservations mapped with a true orienteering map. The nearest orienteering club would probably be glad to help make that happen in return for occasional access to the land to hold one of their orienteering events.
JanetT's advice on where to find permanent courses in the US is excellent. Your son and his group would also be welcome at regular orienteering events.
If there are no orienteering clubs nearby there are now computer program tools available to make pretty good maps from afar. Just ask. For example we have had an old guy sitting at his computer in Connecticut make maps for school groups in Florida.
Jun 11, 2016 5:26 PM # 
blegg:
Tooms, you guys are really lucky that there's no Albany, WA, USA. That would just get downright confusing. Unfortunately, neither Albany, CA, USA nor Albany, OR, USA have orienteering courses. But don't give up hope, there are 21 more Albanys in the US that I haven't visited yet, and one of them surely has an orienteering course!
Jun 11, 2016 5:45 PM # 
JanetT:
We have a club (but no permanent courses) in Albany, NY. However, there are a couple permanent courses at Grafton Lakes SP about a half hour east of Albany. However, if you were to visit, blegg, we could set up a course on our map of Washington Park in Albany.
;-)
Jun 12, 2016 7:31 AM # 
tRicky:
Do you pronounce it Owlbanny or Allbenny?
Jun 12, 2016 8:39 AM # 
Juffy:
Are they the only two choices? 'Cos I'm pretty sure we don't use either.
Jun 12, 2016 9:10 AM # 
tRicky:
Yes you only ever get two choices. Any more and it'd confuse people.
Jun 12, 2016 12:11 PM # 
JanetT:
AWL-buh-nee, in NY. I hear an occasional person say AL-benny (short 'a' sound, as in the name), but it's uncommon.

I suppose the original questioner either got the answer they wanted or are overwhelmed by the replies and will never return.
Jun 12, 2016 2:26 PM # 
Nikolay:
Yes, no one can handle more than two choices:
"Democracy is is is is having two healthy parties.... "
-Obama
Jun 12, 2016 2:29 PM # 
Nikolay:
@Janet
If they never return how are they overwhelmed by the responses? Is it a remote psychic thing?
Jun 12, 2016 2:33 PM # 
tRicky:
Never return after seeing the responses from the second visit.
Jun 12, 2016 2:54 PM # 
gordhun:
Did he ever return?
No he never returned?
And his fate is still unlearned
He may write forever 'neath the crap 'bout Albany
(poor old Charlie)
He's the man who never returned
He's the man who never returned
---- with apologies to the Kingston Trio.
Jun 13, 2016 7:05 AM # 
Juffy:
I don't think an apology's going to be enough.
Jun 27, 2016 1:56 PM # 
SoundTheHorn:
First off, thanks for all the responses. Sorry it took so long to respond. Yes auto correct canned noob to noon. My bad.

When I posted thus note I thought it was specific for the club in Albany, NY. Had no idea the entire world would see it!

I read the one post from the person apparently around Albany NY. Thanks for the info. How to get started?
Jun 27, 2016 7:10 PM # 
gordhun:
Sound the Horn: How to get started:
Click on the underlined name JanetT in trhe left hand column and it will open a window to help you find her e-mail address.
Write to her. Tell her exactly what you need and when and I'm pretty sure she will be able to go you one better than you expect and help you get started.
Jun 27, 2016 7:31 PM # 
JanetT:
Thanks, Gord. :-)

EMPO's website is here: http://empo.us.orienteering.org

Unfortunately, we just held our last Spring event last Sunday, and no more are planned until early September but definitely look for us then, and check the Schedule page on the website above for the exact date(s).

In the meantime, if the park office at Grafton doesn't can't find the permanent course map(s), e-mail me and we can send you a file. I'm assuming the markers are still there.
Jun 29, 2016 11:36 AM # 
SoundTheHorn:
First off, thanks for all the responses. Sorry it took so long to respond. Yes auto correct canned noob to noon. My bad.

When I posted thus note I thought it was specific for the club in Albany, NY. Had no idea the entire world would see it!

I read the one post from the person apparently around Albany NY. Thanks for the info. How to get started?
Jun 29, 2016 11:38 AM # 
SoundTheHorn:
JanetT. Thanks.
I called Grafton and could not find an individual that could locate or knew about a map. Can you send one to me?
Jun 29, 2016 12:04 PM # 
JanetT:
SoundTheHorn, the person at Grafton we dealt with was Elizabeth Wagner.

Since you have no email in your profile, send a message to the one in mine and we'll continue this off AP.
Jun 30, 2016 4:27 PM # 
SoundTheHorn:
I sent email but with your contact info was able to reach Elizabeth. Map on its way.
Thank you very much.
Jun 30, 2016 4:49 PM # 
JanetT:
Great! Let us know how else we can help; hope to see you at EMPO events in the fall.

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