We are contemplating sending some juniors from Montana to the Junior Nationals. In order to convince the parents, we need to show them some event information, details, logistics, and prices. Is there an estimated date for when that info will be available on the GAOC website? Apologies if it's already there and I overlooked it.
I reviewed the event site info last week for Fred. Some very minor edits, so I suspect it should go live any day now.
That's great news! Thanks for the update, Clint.
Thank you for asking BorisGr and thank you for the prompt response cmorse.
Note to all clubs that may be hosting a national event for any level but particularly the Juniors: There is no such thing as too early to provide the basic core information about your event.
We in Florida are hoping to convice all our top teams, actually any team, to attend this year's GNC/ JR NATS. We are working on making sure our AFJROTC have a presence so their trophy does not sit on the table after the event.
BUT you cannot underestimate the hoops a JROTC leader has to jump through to get a team travelling.
For instance, most school districts insist on at least 60 days notice to give permission for an out of district - let alone out of state event.
Adult supervisors have to be lined up and gender appropriate.
Parental permission has to be secured. In this regard it sure helps to have an attractive event website to show the parents
Money for travel and accommodation has to be raised. Some schools have parents with deep pockets but others not so much. Then the travel and accommodation have to be booked.
And there's more but I'm sure you get the idea.
There is a big big payoff for clubs putting on a Junior Nationals and going the extra mile to market your event. The junior - particularly the ones from nearby- will come in droves just for the chance to compete in the Nationals. They will buy your souvenir tee-shirts at a rate you won't believe. A strong junior/ interscholastic. intercollegiate presence can lead to a strong cash balance at the end of the event.
Moral of the story: Market the event. Sell the 'sizzle' not the 'steak'.
Lake Franklin? As soon as I drafted up a quickie map of the area and the contours loaded, I recognized it. I test ran an orienteering course there about 30 years ago.
Up one side of a ridge, cross a roadway and almost immediately down the other, run around a bit and then up and down back.
Man, I thought, those Georgia orienteers must be tough.
Now I see there is plenty of great terrain to use without sending the juniors and us old old farts up and over that ridge twice. (He pleads)
Looks like the covid rules haven't been updated since the height if the pandemic...