Main Council Calendar

March 24, 2018

SPRING-O: Spring Orienteering Meet

SPRING-O NEWS

  • Two-person Scout Teams can run any course – beginner to expert
  • New non-competition Recreational Teams category
  • Orienteering class for leaders
  • Campsite & Lodging Assignments

Our spring Orienteering event for individual and team cross-country competitors and for Recreational Teams.  Competitors run one course Saturday afternoon and one Sunday morning.  Competition awards are based on combined Saturday and Sunday course times. The meet is co-sponsored by the North Texas Orienteering Association (NTOA).

Choose your fun from 6 beginner to expert Orienteering courses! Awards are given to the top three finishers in each registration category. Individual Competitors compete by age and gender. Scouts compete in 2 person Teams.  Cubs and their parents can hike in 2-5 person Recreational Teams.  Anyone can hike the course and work on their orienteering in Recreational Teams.

All Competition Courses are pre-drawn.  Course choices are White (beginner), Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, and Red (expert).  Electronic punches (E-Punches) are required for the advanced Brown, Green, & Red courses.  E-Punch rentals available.

Spring-O_2018 Registration
Orienteering class for leaders

Map Hike Courses are now RECREATIONAL TEAMS

Take your time and have fun – these courses are not timed!  Available for both groups and individuals.

O-class for Adults and Leaders

Longhorn Council and the North Texas Orienteering Association (NTOA) are co-sponsoring training for adult scouters and volunteers interested in taking their “O” skills to the next level. This training provides an excellent practical foundation for Orienteering Merit Badge Counselors. The curriculum is based on training conducted annually at the Philmont Training Center.

Expert instructors with many years of orienteering experience provide training that is reinforced with actual orienteering meet experience. This is a unique training opportunity, led by the author of the Orienteering Merit Badge book, who designed and often teaches the Philmont Training Center’s Orienteering class.

The course will show you how to effectively use the permanent of courses at Hills and Hollows, Worth Ranch, and SRs for teaching O-skills on campouts, and help you improve your youth’s performance at all of our Orienteering competitions!  Click here to register.

Team Night Orienteering

Saturday night you can test your O skills with your friends doing some fun night orienteering.

Meals

Food service is offered Saturday Breakfast through Sunday Lunch at per meal price or 5 meal package price. Meals are available only through advance purchase with a deadline of 5 PM Wednesday, March 16th. Each meal includes a meat entree, fruit, salad, beverage, and dessert.  Breakfast includes meat, cereal, fruit, breads, and beverage.  Meals are served cafeteria style and price includes return trips through the service line.

Terrain

The area has a rich history of Indian Lore, US cavalry outpost, and early day settlers.  It is mixed woods, semi open with post oaks, cedars, mesquite, and some green briar.  Green areas are well mapped. The camp has a moderate trail system, unpaved roads, spectacular cliffs, bluffs, gullies, springs and marsh areas that will challenge your orienteering skills.  The camp has over 15 miles of shore line on Lake Bridgeport.  The competition area is over 1,100 acres.

Map

Every participant gets a map.  1:10,000, 5 meter contours, 5 color, Field Work and Cartography by Rich Wendling, completed 1996.  Revised by Tatyana and Sergey Svistun, 2002-2005, and Carl Bridges, Ralph Courtney, Marc McCauley 2007-2015.  Different sections of the map are used each day.

Location

Sid Richardson Scout Ranch (SR2) is a 2,500 acre Scout Camp located on the west side of Lake Bridgeport. Detailed maps are on our website at www.longhorncouncil.org/maps/sr2_maps.htm.
From Fort Worth: take I-35W North and turn on US 287/81 to Decatur.  At Decatur go West on US 380 about 17 miles to Lake Bridgeport.   2 miles after crossing the long bridge on Lake Bridgeport, turn right at the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch sign, onto a gravel road.  Follow signs 2.3 miles to the camp entrance.  Event headquarters is about 4.5 miles from first camp ranger’s house.  From Dallas: take I-35E North to Denton. Turn on Hwy 380 west and go 44 miles to Lake Bridgeport. Then follow the directions above.

Lodging Available At Camp

Cabins: Lakeview Lodge, Eight heated cabins with kitchen, bath, two bedrooms and sleep-in living room (four twin beds and 1 hide-a-bed).  Linens and cooking utensils are furnished.  $150.00 for the weekend.

Dormitories: Lakeview Lodge. Four heated dormitory units, accommodating up to sixteen individuals each.  A unit has two bedrooms with eight beds in each.  Central bathroom facilities join the two bedrooms.  No kitchen.  Linen provided.  $20/person for weekend.

Camping:  Main Camp campsites. Tent spaces with access to outdoor toilets are available.   Open air shower facilities are available in the camping area (unless there is an late-season freeze).  $5 camping fee per person for the weekend for anyone not in a Longhorn Council Scout unit.

Camp Rules

The following are NOT ALLOWED on camp property: no FIREARMS, no ALCOHOL, no FIREWORKS, no PETS, and no RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP TRUCKS.  Service dogs ARE allowed.

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March 24, 2018 March 25, 2018 SR2 9:00 am-3:00 pm Register