Ten years is a great timeline to think about - enough time to accomplish some really big things, and a way to focus nearer term work.
Youth: When Erin started in his current role with juniors, he put out the following goals
, which I think are great:
* Sustainable local programs with paid staff working with hundreds of kids
* The USA reaching the podium at JWOC and WOC
* An OUSA certification program available to all physical education teachers in the country
Technology and marketing:
* OUSA provides technological solutions that clubs use (because it's great and cost-effective), including database for maps, people, events, results, media outlets. Websites for clubs are part of the OUSA website (as is possible in Sweden).
* Whatever marketing means in 2026, we're on top of it. Broad reach; most people in America will be familiar with the concept of orienteering, and many of those think it sounds pretty fun.
* Spectating is awesome. Drones, cameras, announcing, TV, internet, virtual reality
* Participating is a great experience. Community, food, fun
* Orienteering perceived by others (land managers, the general public) as a way to get in touch with nature, not as a way to trample nature.
* Cooperation with other forest users (hunters, hikers)
* Green approach to putting on our meets (shared transportation, financial contributions to local conservation efforts, etc)
* Youth programs have a component that addresses ecology, study of climate and what we can do to make a difference
OUSA will have supported member-driven initiatives that lead to growth. Could be things like MTB-O, school-O, fun movies about orienteering, ...
There are many different ways that we could achieve growth, and an essential component of any project is that someone is championing it and gets support from the rest of us.
I don't think we could be successful (on/near podium) over the long term at WOC without getting a lot more people orienteering, starting when they are young.
OUSA as an organization will function incredibly smoothly and productively, and keep its eye on its mission of increasing participation, teaching navigation, promoting enjoyment/respect for the environment, and world-class competitiveness.