Everyone is Welcome at our “Open” events

BOK has some events for everyone and some just for members.

  • Open Events: Everyone is welcome.  Starts begin at noon.  We offer a beginners class at 12:30. (Groups over 5 must pre-register)
    • Fees:
    • BOK Members Free  (Membership Information)
    • Not a BOK Member entry fee information
      • $5 for each non-member entry and includes one map. People going out together as a group can register as one entry
      • $2 for each additional map so everyone in your group can have a map.
      • $5 for rental of “finger stick”.  Each entry must have a “finger stick”  for safety and timing.  The finger stick is used to “punch in” at each “control” (a “control” is the checkpoint flag you are looking for.)  You can purchase your own finger stick to avoid this expense at our events.
  • Members Events: Must be a BOK member. (Everyone is welcome to join BOK.)  Check the calendar for start times and course closing times. Confirm the difficulty level because many members events are at the expert level only. It’s best if you have your own Finger Stick. Must pre-register at least two days before the event.

BOK has different types of events at various difficulty levels.

Check below the schedule for explanations of the different events and difficulty levels.

To access our calendar from other applications, copy and paste this URL into any calendar product that supports the iCal format.

Date Time Type Where Status Directors Notes
Jan 01 2018 (Mon) 10:00AM Members Umstead West Approved Josef
Jan 21 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead North Approved Ian & Pat
Feb 04 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead South Approved Mihai & Imre
Feb 18 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Eno River State Park Approved Dave
Mar 04 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead North Approved Vladimir & Tatyana
Mar 11 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Members Umstead West Approved Robert
Mar 25 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Members Advanced Dix Park Pending Approval Debra & Jeff
Apr 08 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Carolina North Approved Vladimir & Tatyana
Apr 21 2018 (Sat) 12:00PM Open ARDF Birkhead Wilderness Approved Joseph & Ruth
Apr 22 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open BIrkhead Wilderness Approved Joseph & Ruth
May 06 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Schenck Forest Pending Approval Imre & Mihai
May 20 2018 (Sun) 10:00AM Members Umstead West Approved Lina
May 27 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open ARDF Umstead South Approved Patrick & Kelly
Jun 03 2018 (Sun) 10:00AM Open Bond Park Pending Approval Robert Sprint
Jun 10 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open ARDF Eno River Approved Patrick & Kelly
Jun 17 2018 (Sun) 11:00AM Members Lake Crabtree Pending Approval Ian & Pat Farsta Relay
Jul 08 2018 (Sun) 10:00AM Open Dix Park Pending Approval Ruth & Joseph
Aug 12 2018 (Sun) 10:00AM Members Expert Umstead West Approved Tatyana & Vladimir
Sep 09 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead South Approved Vladimir & Tatyana
Sep 23 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Members Schenck Forest Pending Approval Lina
Sep 30 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Members Camp Durant Pending Approval Dave & Ian
Oct 07 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Members Eno North Approved Dave
Oct 13 2018 (Sat) 08:00AM JROTC Umstead Pending Approval Ian & Pat
Oct 14 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Umstead Approved Ian & Pat
Oct 27 2018 (Sat) 12:00PM Members Advanced Birkhead Wilderness Approved Joseph & Ruth
Oct 27 2018 (Sat) 07:00PM Night Members Advanced Birkhead Wilderness Approved Joseph & Ruth
Oct 28 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Birkhead Wilderness Approved Joseph & Ruth
Nov 04 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open ARDF Eno River Approved Kelly & Patrick
Nov 11 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Chapel Hill Pending Approval Dave
Dec 02 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Lake Crabtree Pending Approval Mihai & Imre
Dec 09 2018 (Sun) 12:00PM Members Umstead Equestrian Approved Dave Score-O

Types of Events

Here are some of the different types of events that are offered as either Open or Members events.  Be sure to check the Difficulty level on the schedule, because you must have completed a course at or above that level to attend the event.

  • Classic Events: These are our premier Open events where we offer all of the Difficulty levels and have beginners instruction.  Each course has an assigned route and the controls must be taken in order.  You must visit all the controls on your course and the shortest time wins.  Unless otherwise stated, courses open at noon and close at 3pm.  Be sure to check the event information to see if pre-registration is required.
  • Sprint Events: These are short courses at the Advanced difficulty with lots of controls and direction changes.  Usually there are two courses and you can do both.  Other courses may also be available.  Must pre-register at least two days before the event.
  • Score Events: In Score events you may take the controls in any order and there is a strict time limit with penalties for returning overtime.  Controls have a point value depending on their difficulty, and the high score wins. The Difficulty level will be specified in the schedule. There may be other rules as well.
  • Night Events: Usually a score course with a mass start, where everyone starts at the same time.  the event starts after dark, so check the calendar for start times. Be sure to check the Difficulty level on the schedule.  Must pre-register at least two days before the event.
  • Relay Event: Similar to a Sprint with short complex courses.  There is a mass start with one person starting from each team.  When a team member finishes the next team member starts.  Check the difficulty level, usually at the Advanced level.   Must pre-register at least two days before the event.
  • Radio Orienteering: Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) is the sport of finding radio transmitters on foot, using radio receiver, map, and compass in diverse, wooded terrain.  We have a limited amount of equipment to loan out so please register if you are planning to attend an ARDF event.  ARDF information

Course Difficulty Levels

When a Difficulty for an event is mentioned in the schedule then you must have already succeeded on a course of at least that difficulty to attend the event.

Finishing a course should take about an hour, but can range from 20 minutes to 3 hours.  Typical time on white is 40 minutes, yellow, an hour, and on the more advanced courses about 90 minutes.  When you finish in less time, that’s the signal to move up to a more difficult course.  We usually start at noon and close the course at 3pm, but you should check the course closing time at each event.  We pick the controls up promptly at the closing time – you could volunteer to help if you want to collect some controls.

The stated length of the courses is a target for the course designer and may differ at an event.  Here is a detailed description of the courses.

  Difficulty Levels:

  • Beginner: White course (1.6-2 km) – Follows trails or other linear map features.  Controls are easily visible from the trail.  Controls are frequently at decision points.
  • Intermediate: Yellow course (2.5-3 km) – Mostly can be done by trails with options to take off-trail shortcuts.  Controls are usually visible within 10 meters from a trail.
  • Advanced: Orange course (3.3-3.5 km) – Off-trail navigation is necessary.  Usually a “catch feature”  or an “attack point” within 100m of a control.  Trails can frequently be used as a route choice but usually are not the best way to go.
  • Expert: Brown (3.6-3.8 km), Green (5.4-5.7 km), Red (6.4-7 km), and Blue (>7.5 km) courses – These courses are all as complex as the terrain allows with minimal use of trails and differ only in length.

The Carolina Orienteering Klub (COK) has events throughout the year. Check their schedule for additional orienteering events in North Carolina.

You can also track the schedule using Google Calendar.

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