Yes the annual UNO camping weekend is a great thing, providing enormous fun for the most casual and the most competitive orienteers and especially families, and certain people deserve huge credit for keeping it going. I’ll mention Bundschuhs and Ruutopolds in particular, hoping not to offend any of the myriad others (Kotowskis, JJ, Ernst, Darrell, Goulds, Arsenaults, Olafsens, ...).
I have barely been involved the last 15 years so I have lost track of who has been involved, but I had some role to play in its history. The great great great grandparent of it all might be a camping weekend NEOC held on the Bear Brook map in October 1975, just a few months after that map, the first color O map in the USA, was used for the North American championships. That October meet was my third-ever O event, one month after first tasting orienteering at Mount Misery in Lincoln, Mass.
My memory is fuzzy on the details after all this time, but I recall that NEOC continued this model of informal weekend event (no preregistration) with camping on site, certainly not annually but irregularly over the years, mostly at Bear Brook but other venues such as Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod come to mind.
Perhaps I’m giving myself too much credit (and anybody reading this who remembers better, please speak up), but I think maybe there had been a hiatus of several years, when I revived the tradition at Bear Brook in perhaps the late 80s or early 90s. Then when the Pawtuckaway map came into being for the 1992 World Cup (held in anticipation of the 1993 World O Champs in New York), I believe it was the Tarry and Lefebvre families who staged the first of the “modern” UNO weekends there.
Impressive recollecting, Steve. You introduced me to orienteering at Bear Brook in the fall of ’75. I recall BB camping weekends but with no detail to speak of (other than Dave Bailey drying underwear over a campfire!). I have 2-3 late 70s maps with courses from those weekends.
All the names (but Goulds) you list for credit are still at it. One of my reasons for not doing so was competition with “going sailing” after Labor Day with the waning season. For many years, life has been work, orienteering & the boat and still is, but to a lesser degree.