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May 2015
After a very busy March and April, May is a bit of a transition month for orienteering. Of course we just came off the venerable West Point A-meet and still have plenty of local meets to attend. Team USA is getting ready for the World Championships, and clubs like Orienteering Louisville are starting up Tuesday evening sprint series that go through the summer.

Here are the headlines:
  • OUSA Annual General Meeting Next Month
  • Junior National Team Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign
  • Call for Golden Service Award Nominees
  • Icebug announces Exclusive Offer for OUSA Members
  • Development Grants Available for Clubs
  • Get a Mountain Bike Orienteering Map for Your Club
  •  â€¦and more

OUSA Annual General Meeting Next Month

The Annual General Meeting of the United States Orienteering Federation (Orienteering USA) will be held from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, June 26th, in the atrium of the Riverstone School in Boise, ID. Check in begins at 3:30 pm.

Following the meeting the Silva, President’s and Golden Compass awards will be presented to our volunteer community.


Junior National Team Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

Recently, many of you may heard that long time orienteer and CSU member Peter Gagarin established a fundraiser for our Juniors. His participation in, and finishing of, the 2015 Boston Marathon raised over $22,000 for our Junior Development Program. We thank Peter for his creativity and generosity. The money raised will be used to fund continued development of the Junior Program nationwide. Clubs interested in expanding their Junior Programs with this money should contact Glen Schorr, Erin Schirm or Peter Goodwin.

Moving forward, Junior Team Head Coach Erin Schirm has developed a series of fundraisers including a control challenge. The purpose of these fundraisers is to support our Junior National Team as they compete in the 2015 JWOC in Norway plus training in Europe. Contact Erin for more information.

Of course you can always make an unrestricted or restricted gift to OUSA any time by going to and clicking on “Support Orienteering”. We thank you for your support.


Last Call for Golden Service Award Nominees

It’s that time of year - time to nominate worthy volunteers for the Golden Service (formerly Golden Troll) awards.  Award nominees are due by May 29 to Clare Durand

Clare has copies of the award criteria but, in brief, they are for: Service as a volunteer with service extending beyond the club level such as serving on national board or committees, holding key positions at A-meets, putting on training camps or events that serve a regional or national base, etc.

Icebug Announces Exclusive Offer for OUSA Members Starting July 31st

Icebug USA would like to announce the following special offer exclusively for OUSA members.

Save 10% on all orders placed through using code OUSA15. In addition to your savings, you will receive the famous Swedish beer “sweater” with every order.

This offer is good only through the Icebug online store. Limit 2 pair of shoes per customer. The offer is good from July 31, 2015 through December 31, 2015 so you will have to wait to get this deal.

Icebug's new shoe - The Zeal


Development Grants Available for Clubs

This year, clubs can apply for grant money from OUSA…not just for maps. To learn more and apply, contact OUSA's Greg Lennon.

Get a MTBO Map Made For Your Club

Get your club’s first mountain bike orienteering map (MTBO) map made with help from Orienteering USA!

If you’ve got a terrain that you feel might be suitable for MTBO events hosted by your club, we’ll look into it and then work out how to get it mapped swiftly at low or no cost. Contact OUSA's Greg Lennon for more details.

MTBO map example

Call for 2016 National (A) Meets and Championships

The schedule is starting to fill up for the 2016 A-meet and national championships calendar.

To learn more contact Peter or Glen.

Time is Running Out: Have Your Club Host an Olympic Day Event

For the third year in a row, OUSA clubs will be hosting an Olympic Day event.

If you would like to register your club for an Olympic Day event go to

Upcoming Orienteering USA National Event Calender

  • June 14: Boston Sprint Camp (CSU – Boston, MA; no website but a Facebook page is here)
  • June 26, 2015: Orienteering USA Annual General Meeting (Boise, ID)
  • June 26-28, 2015: U.S. UltraLong Champs/ Gold Rush A-meet and OUSA Annual General Meeting (CTOC – Boise & Idaho City, ID; event website)*
  • August 5 – 9: World Deaf Orienteering Champs (ROC – Rochester, NY; event website) – Volunteers Needed
  • September 18-20: U.S. Classic Champs & A-meet (BAOC - Lake Tahoe area, CA; event website)
  • September 19-27, 2015: OUSA National Orienteering Week - Nationwide
  • October 3-4. 2015: EMPO A-meet (EMPO – East Poestenskill, NY; event website)*
  • October 10-11, 2015: Boulder Dash (UNO – Hancock, NH)
  • October 23-25, 2015: Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games A-meet (OLOU & OCIN – near Cincinnati, OH and Louisville, KY)
Save the Date - September 23 – 25, 2016: North American Orienteering Championships (UNO – Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH; event website)

Note: * = OUSA Board of Directors Meetings. All are welcome.


Peter Goodwin                                             Glen Schorr
President                                                       Executive Director

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