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October 2015
It's Fall now, and here's the news from Lake O'begon:
  • 2016 United States Individual Champs Awarded to Bay Area Orienteering Club
  • 2016 North American Ski-O Championships
  • What’s In A Name?  A Switch to “National” Meets.
  • Call for Entries: Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Junior Awards
  • Help OUSA Meet $56,000 Annual Fund Goal
  • 2016 Orienteering USA Annual General Meeting Announced
  • Holiday Gift-giving time Is Coming. May We Suggest….
  • Upcoming Orienteering USA 2016 National Event Calendar

2016 United States Individual Champs Awarded to Bay Area Orienteering Club

Orienteering USA has awarded the 2016 United States Individual Championships (aka the “Sprint/ Middle/ Long”) to the Bay Area Orienteering Club. The event will be held March 18 – 20, 2016 in the Pleasanton, CA area.

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"Valgesoo mets" by Külli Kolina - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 ee via Wikimedia Commons (URL)

North American Ski-O Championships Announced

The highlight of the 2015-2016 season will be the North American and US Championship races to be held at Presque Isle, Maine, March 11 through 13, 2016.

There will be beginner events as well as World Ranking Events associated with this premier event. The Presque Isle venue is “World Class” and worth a visit just to experience it.

What's In A Name? A Switch To "National" Meets

As we work to make orienteering more accessible to non-orienteers, the Orienteering USA Board has officially changed the name of our “A-Meets” to “National Meets”. The rules will be changed so the “National Meets” will be the meets which are sanctioned. Other meets will be characterized as local or regional depending on the desires of the clubs.

The reason for the change is that A, B and C meets, while understood by old timers, are less than clear as to what they involve. (No one will have penalty time added to their run if they talk about an A-Meet and you might note that there are still people who talk about USOF instead of Orienteering USA. Don’t worry if you are slow to make the change - most of us will probably be too.)

Call for Entries: Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Junior Awards

It’s that time of year. Two lucky junior orienteers can win $1,000 in travel rebates by applying for the annual Iain Wilson Character through Competition Awards.

In addition one junior program, (national or club) can win a $1,000 Junior Orienteering Development Grant. This is a new part of the Iain Wilson Program. If your club needs help with funding their Junior Programs, submit an application.

To learn more, and apply, visit and click on “Support Orienteering”.

If you need more information contact Glen at 410.802.1125 or via email.

Help OUSA Meet $56,000 Annual Fund Goal

It’s Annual Fund time and we need everybody’s help to reach this year’s goal of $56,000.  You can either donate online or use the envelope that will be in the September and November issues of Orienteering North America magazine.

Of every dollar that OUSA makes in income, 39 cents comes from donations. Thank you for your support.

2016 Orienteering USA Annual General Meeting Announced

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the United States Orienteering Federation will be held the weekend of September 17 – 18 in conjunction with the United States Classic Orienteering Championships in New York. Exact date, time and location will be announced at a later time.

This is the first weekend of a week-long festival of orienteering events that will end with the North American Orienteering Championships at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Start planning now to come to this great event.

Holiday Gift-giving Time Is Coming. May We Suggest …

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. Offer expires December 31, 2015.

And noname, the official outfitter of Team USA has introduced a full line of OUSA affinity apparel including a running jacket, o-top and headband. This is the same quality gear that Team USA wears and is based off of their popular design. These items were extremely popular at the recent US Individual Championships. 10% of your sales will be donated to OUSA.

For more information and to order visit or email Glen

Glen is also the person to contact if you are interested in getting new O-tops or other clothing for your club.

Call for 2016 and 2017 A-meets and National Championships

The 2016 national calendar is starting to fill up (see below) with the US Interscholastic/ Intercollegiate and Classic champs already awarded.  Current national championships still open include: Individual, Relay, UltraLong, Trail and Night.

In addition there are openings on the 2016 calendar for nationally sanctioned, non-championship events. No 2017 events have been awarded yet, though clubs have begun to express interest in certain events.

To learn more about applying for A-meet and or championship status for your event contact OUSA Vice President/Competition Tom Strat.

Upcoming Orienteering USA 2015 - 2016 National Event Calendar

  • January 16 – 17: Georgia Navigator Cub (GAOC – Gainesville, GA; event website)
  • March 11 -13: United States and North American Ski Orienteering Championships (GMOC – Presque Isle, ME; info here)
  • March 18 – 20: United States Individual Orienteering Championships (BAOC – Pleasanton, CA; info here)
  • April 1 – 3: US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Champs & Flying Pig XX (OCIN – Butler CO, OH)
  • April 16 – 17: Troll Cup National meet (NEOC – Foxborough, MA)
  • September 17 – 18: US Classic Champs (HVO & WCOC, Pound Ridge, NY)
  • September 23 – 25, 2016: North American Orienteering Championships (UNO – Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH; event website)

Note: OUSA Board of Directors 2016 meeting locations are not confirmed yet.


Peter Goodwin                                             Glen Schorr
President                                                       Executive Director

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