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November 2015
Happy November! Happy Thanksgiving! Here's the news ...
  • Orienteer(s) of the Year: Call for Entries
  • OUSA Annual Fund Begins: Please Give.
  • Call for Entries: Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Junior Awards
  • Spring 2016 MTBO Map'n'Camp: Call for club participants
  • Nolan Named as OUSA Sanctioning Committee Chairperson
  • Holiday Gift-giving time Is Coming. May We Suggest….
  • ... and much more

Orienteers of the Year: Call for Entries

The Competitive Award Program will be a bit different this year. Nominations will be submitted and then OUSA members will vote on who they think is most worthy. It is expected that the voting will be a dominant factor in the committee’s decision. Nominations are open now and will close on Sunday, November 15th.  Please see the complete announcement located here on the OUSA website and then make your nominations.

OUSA Annual Fund Begins: Please Give.

The OUSA annual fund has kicked off with a goal of $56,000. You can either donate online or use the envelope that will be in the November issue of Orienteering North America magazine.

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


Call for Entries: Ian 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.

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

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

Entries for both programs must be postmarked by December 31, 2015. They can emailed to Glen Schorr or mailed to: Orienteering USA, PO Box 505, Riderwood, MD 21139


MTBO Spring 2016 Map'n'Camps: Call for interested clubs

While still tentative, there's an excellent chance that an internationally renowned mountain bike orienteer (and MTBO mapper) will participate in an OUSA program bringing both MTBO training camp weekends and IOF-level MTBO mapping to the US over a three to four week period spanning from about mid-March to mid-April 2016.

While OUSA will try to reach out to all clubs known to have MTBO interest (and potential terrains to map), don't wait for our call! The calendar is being worked on now, and if your club has interest in hosting an MTBO training weekend and/or has international-quality MTBO terrain to be mapped, now is the time to speak up. Funding support may be possible.

If your club is interested in this opportunity, contact OUSA Vice President/Clubs & MTBO Chair Greg Lennon.

Nolan Named as OUSA Sanctioning Committee Chairperson

OUSA is pleased to announce that Quantico Orienteering Club’s Tom Nolan has volunteered to serve as Chairperson of OUSA’s Sanctioning Committee.  The Sanctioning Committee is responsible for approving National (formerly known as A-meet) applications, and can be emailed at this new email address.

Tom replaces Boris Granovskiy as chair. We thank Boris for his time and leadership.

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.

Call for OUSA Board of Director Nominations

If you are interested in serving on the board of directors of Orienteering USA, please email Donna Fluegel. There is currently one open seat for a term expiring in 2018 and up to four seats expiring in 2019.

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 Meeting. All are welcome.


Peter Goodwin                                             Glen Schorr
President                                                       Executive Director

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