Orienteering in Boy Scouts
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Mon, 20 Nov 1995 11:07:00 PST
I learned orienteering in Army ROTC almost 20 years ago and
loved it. Last year, when my oldest crossed over into Boy Scouts
I got involved once again. I joined the USOF and found where
"local" meets are. Unfortunately there are no active clubs in
We started with just my family hiking a permanent O course in southern
Indiana that the Louisville O Club set up. I let the 2 older boys (8 and
take turns with the map leading the rest of us (my wife, the 6-year old,
and myself). It was a great family outing and the boys enjoyed the
challenge and confidence building. Next, my oldest and I went to a
club O meet in Cincinnati. He loved it and after running with him on
his first White course he had the confidence to go by himself on the
Yellow. We've gone seveal more times because of him. Thisis good
because he doesn't like sports and is not very athletic. But at this he's
good and it's good for him.
Next, I took his whole troop camping near Dayton and on the second
day, before heading back to Indy, we ran a club O meet in Dayton.
All of the boys loved it and most ran 2 courses. They were tired and
quiet for the 2 hour drive home.
Finally, I chaired our Districts' Fall camporee for the Boy Scouts. It
was an orienteering meet. National sent me electronic copies of a
couple of Council camps. I bought a copy of OCAD for about $400
and in about a month had a fair orienteering map of the smallest camp.
I didn't include dense vegitation on the map but I do have most of
the trails and clearings marked. I had 4 color maps printed at
1:5000 scale for the camporee. I recruited Scouts from a couple of
troops to work on their Orienteering merit badge. These boys helped
me set up the course a few weekends before the camporee, they
taught the round-robin classes on orienteering, map reading, compass
usage, etc. at the camporee, and ran the registration and time keeper
tables during the O event. I've also taken some of them with me to
another club O meet in Dayton to continue work on their merit badge.
The camporee was a great success. Scouts love orienteering because
it's competitive and it involves running through the woods. I hope to
make maps of other Council camps. It's great National cooperates
by providing electronic copies of the camp maps. These are good
for contour lines and some buildings. With the OCAD software I bring
the BSA file in as a background picture and then use the OCAD functions
to trace over the contour lines, streams, roads, buildings. It's very
OCAD cannot directly read the file that National provides. I used Hi-Jack
Pro to convert National's file to a bit map file that OCAD could load.
Wish there was a way to raise the money to have the camps
"professionally" field checked. It'd cost around $400 per camp.
Buster Wright, I'm willing to swamp maps, hardcopy or OCAD files.
Let me know.
CM, P125, Outdoor/Activity Chair T125, Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City