All orienteering clubs are asked to participate in World Orienteering Day
. This is a great opportunity to kick off OUSA's new focus on growth through outreach to youth and families. Please talk to your local school and ask if you can put on an introduction to orienteering. Make a simple schoolyard map, hang a few controls, and show some kids how to orienteer!
IOF has provided a lot of information and material, including free OCAD licenses, discounts on compasses, flyers, WOD themed clothing, and a ton of suggestions for activities.
I'd like to see every US club work with at least one school on 5/24/2017. If you personally don't want to deal with it, please recruit someone else from your club to take it on. It can be simple and easy. Just getting permission to set up some controls in the playground and being there for recess would count. Bring a flyer about upcoming local meets.
We are up to 21 events by my count -- can we get every club to participate?
I was excited to talk to a few people at this past weekend's A meet, who are planning additional WOD events.
I've heard from a few people who want to do events that week but can't do it on that day. Please go for it! While IOF wants us to restrict our reporting on the WOD website to events that happen only on May 24th, I will be collecting information from anyone in the US who does an event that week, and reporting that back to the Board and the community (our WOW - World Orienteering Week). I'd also like to hear about any school outreach you do in May.
Here is the list so far on WorldOrienteeringDay.com:
Brookside Elementary School, WA
Tahoma Middle School, WA
Liberty Lake County Park, WA
Twin Cities Metro Area, MN
Ney Nature Center, MN
St Patricks County Park, IN
Governor Thomas Johnson High School, MD (Patriot NJROTC)
Laurel Hill, VA
Central Park, NY
Menotomy Rocks, MA (CSU)
Cambridge Street Upper School, MA (Navigation Games)
Los Alamos, NM
Dartmouth College, NH
Bethel CT Schools (WCOC)
Pleasant Valley Farms (Empire OC)
Lyons Middle School (Rochester OC)
Saints Peter and Paul School, PA
Shawnee Mission Park, KS
The Family Nest, Long Beach, CA
Cascade Orienteering Club Wed Night O and BBQ, WA
OUSA will organize a marketing campaign around World Orienteering Day, to make a big splash and raise awareness around the country about our sport. Please let us know about any WOD events you are putting on, or other events aimed at introducing orienteering to the public or in schools. I encourage clubs to add their local events to the AttackPoint calendar so that the "landing page" for our marketing campaign points people to upcoming events in their area. I'm sure you'll be hearing more on this from Bob Forgrave, including about "newcomer readiness"!
For our school programs, we often have students organized into teams, which gives the teachers the opportunity to ask the students ahead of time whether they want to go slow or fast, so there is not too much conflict where one person wants to go fast and the teammates do not. It's also a great way to get the kids excited about the event, with a simple question, and to let them know that they have some choice and control, especially since there is often some nervousness about the activity on the part of some kids. Anyway, here is the awesome result of that query from a school we will be working with in May (click to magnify):
(These are all girls, by the way, in 9th grade.)
Fairly competitive sentiments. Lots of potential keen racers.