Orienteering Raleigh NC

Backwoods Orienteering Klub, founded November 15, 1978 sponsors events and teaches orienteering in the North Carolina piedmont, around Raleigh, NC.

We invite you to try orienteering with us. Everyone is welcome at all our events. We always offer beginning, intermediate, advanced and expert courses (routes through the woods) at every Regular event.

Newcomer Information




Latest News

November 11th, 2018

Results for Chapel Hill Street-O

    Chapel Hill Street-O, 10 November 2018  A chilly and clear day brought out several dozen orienteers to try their hand at an urban score-O in the streets and greenways of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  It was especially great to see nearly 20 JROTC cadets from Davie Co. come out for some urban navigation […]

Read More
November 8th, 2018

Results – Nov-4 ARDF at Eno River State Park

We had a wonderful event at the Eno River State Park. We had both an 80 m classic and a beginner foxoring course. We met at the Few’s Ford Access parking lot around 11:00 for the classic and around noon for the foxoring. It was sunny but nice and cool for running. We had 8 […]

Read More
November 3rd, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting Summary


We had a very productive meeting.

The details are in the meeting minutes. 

The following is a summary of the meeting:

We raised the Event Fees by $2 and membership fees by $5 Effective January 1, 2019:
(Event fees have not been raised since the founding of the club in 40 years.)

  • Entry Fee $7
  • Individual annual membership $35
  • Family membership $50.

We will set up an online registration that includes payment that can be used for any event.  It will be required at the discretion of the event director and at the events where the venues will not allow collecting money.

There are 34 proposed events on the schedule.

  • 13 Open Orienteering events
  • 11 Open Radio Orienteering (ARDF) events including 8 as part of the US & Region II ARDF Championship
  • 9 Members events including a Scout event
  • 1 NJROTC Regional Event

We plan to improve the Bond Park permanent course and include some advanced controls

We purchased equipment and software to have real time results at the events.  (Used at the last 3 events.)

David is planning an extensive mapping campaign of new areas and we are investigating hiring professional mappers to redo the Umstead map.

We will start collecting map bags at the finish for reuse.




October 28th, 2018

Birkhead Wilderness Oct 27-28, 2018 Results

There was not much of a turnout for the Saturday events.  We had a lot of fun nonetheless.  The Night event was especially challenging because of the new sort of Goat-like score format not-to-mention the darkness.  You had to take the controls in order but you could skip as many as you wanted while making […]

Read More
October 25th, 2018

Open Radio-O/ARDF event at Eno River, Sun. Nov-4.

We will have an 80 m classic ARDF event at the Eno River State Park Few’s Ford Access on Sunday, Nov 4. For more information about Radio-O/ARDF, see the BOK ARDF page. Starts 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We will have a class starting at noon. The course closes at 3:00 PM. Remember there is a $5 fee if you need to rent a receiver. We will also have a short (2.1 km) foxoring course. That course will not open until noon.

Open event with pre-registration: Newcomers welcome — you don’t have to be a BOK member. Please pre-register so we know how many maps to print. Soon after registering, we will send you an e-mail letting you know that we have reserved a receiver for you. If you’re not a member of an orienteering club, go ahead and choose “Other O Club Member” anyway in the registration form. Here is a link to the registration page. Don’t worry about the “Choose Course” field; you can change it when you arrive on Sunday. Groups of 5 or more separate entries may register using the group registration procedure.

Courses provided: There are two types of course, 80 m classic and foxoring.

white 1 fox 1.7 km
yellow 2 foxes 2.6 km
orange 3 foxes 4.5 km
green 4 foxes 5.7 km
red 5 foxes 6.1 km
foxoring 8 controls 2.1 km

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: Everyone from the CHCCS ARDF community is welcome. Note that this is not a school event. BOK fees apply. For more info about regular event fees, see What will it cost? Receiver rentals are an additional $5. Also, you must register with BOK, not on the usual registration page for CHCCS events. Students in middle school will need to go with a parent if they want to search for all five foxes.