Schedule

Everyone is Welcome at our “Open” events

All of our events require advance registration. Event announcements are usually posted 7-10 days in advance of the event and include the registration link and deadline. Registration usually opens at that time. If you cannot find registration information for an event, check the announcement for that event on our home page.

BOK has some events for everyone and some just for advanced orienteers.

  • Open Events: Everyone is welcome.  Check the schedule for start and end times and to see if there is a beginner class.  Most classes have been canceled, but there may be a virtual class, so check the event announcement article on our website.  If you’re new to orienteering be sure to check out our newcomer information page.
    • Fees:
    • BOK Annual Pass Holders  (Membership Information)
      • Your entry fee is included for regularly priced events
      • You will get a discount for specially priced events
    • No Annual Pass entry fee information
      • $7 for each 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.
  • Advanced and Expert Events:  Check the calendar for start times and course closing times. Confirm the difficulty level.  (Advanced events have a course at the Orange level and Expert events are for Brown and longer.   It’s best if you have your own Finger Stick. You 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.
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/tvdtq21i5a08i3mvqj8ocnvi5g%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Date Time Type Where Status Directors Notes
Jan 17 2021 (Sun) 10:00AM Expert 1725 Gray Owl Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Approved Joseph This will be a new map, my first sq km of fieldchecking. Your critique after the event is welcome.
Jan 23 2021 (Sat) 12:00PM Open & ARDF Orange Country Health Department (GPS = 35.94851, -79.06536) Approved Vladimir & Tanya ARDF is available on Saturday only. Orienteering courses Yellow - Red
Jan 24 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Carolina North Forest, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA Approved Vladimir & Tanya
Feb 06 2021 (Sat) 12:00PM Expert Cape Lookout National Seashore (Shackleford Banks) North Carolina, USA Approved David
Feb 07 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Advanced Fort Macon State Park, 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, USA Approved Carl Briscoe
Feb 20 2021 (Sat) 12:00PM White & Yellow Schenck Forest Access Road, Schenck Forest Access Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA Pending Approval Mihai
Feb 21 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Advanced Schenck Forest Access Road, Schenck Forest Access Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA Pending Approval Mihai
Mar 07 2021 (Sun) 10:00AM Open 1725 Gray Owl Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Pending Approval Joseph and Ruth
Mar 28 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705, USA Approved Ian & Paul
Apr 11 2021 (Sun) 10:00AM Open 1725 Gray Owl Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Pending Approval Joseph & Ruth
Apr 18 2021 (Sun) 09:00AM ARDF Open Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705, USA Pending Approval Patrick & Kelly
Apr 25 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Advanced Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Jock Rd, Bahama, NC 27503, USA Approved Vladimir & Tanya
May 09 2021 (Sun) 11:00AM Open Sprint Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA Pending Approval Joseph & Ruth
May 23 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Carolina North Forest, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA Pending Approval Lina & William
Jun 13 2021 (Sun) 11:00AM Open Sprint Bond Park Drive, Bond Park Dr, Cary, NC 27513, USA Pending Approval Mihai
Jun 27 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Sprint Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA Pending Approval Matt & Gheorghe & Adalia
Jul 11 2021 (Sun) 11:00AM Sprint Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560, USA Pending Approval Ian & Paul
Aug 01 2021 (Sun) 10:00AM ARDF Open Carolina North Forest, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA Pending Approval Patrick & Kelly
Aug 15 2021 (Sun) 08:00PM Night Sprint Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA Pending Approval Joseph & Ruth
Aug 22 2021 (Sun) 10:00AM Advanced (undecided) Pending Approval Mihai
Sep 05 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Advanced Carolina North Forest, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA Pending Approval David
Sep 12 2021 (Sun) 09:00AM ARDF Open Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705, USA Pending Approval Patrick & Kelly
Sep 26 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560, USA Pending Approval Robert
Oct 02 2021 (Sat) 11:00AM NJROTC William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617, USA Pending Approval David, Ian, & Ruth
Oct 03 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617, USA Pending Approval David
Oct 10 2021 (Sun) 10:00AM ARDF Open Carolina North Forest, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA Pending Approval Patrick & Kelly
Oct 14 2021 (Thu) 10:00AM ARDF US Champs (undecided) Pending Approval Joseph & Ruth
Oct 24 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open (undecided) Pending Approval Vladimir & Tanya
Nov 07 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Expert William B. Umstead State Park, 2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513, USA Pending Approval Lina
Nov 14 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Expert Eno River, Quarry Approved David (New Map)
Nov 21 2021 (Sun) 10:00AM Open 1725 Gray Owl Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Pending Approval Joseph & Ruth
Dec 05 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Advanced Bobbitt Hole Parking, Old Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27712, USA Approved Vladimir & Tanya
Dec 11 2021 (Sat) 12:00PM NJROTC Raven Rock State Park, 3009 Raven Rock Rd, Lillington, NC 27546, USA Pending Approval David
Dec 12 2021 (Sun) 12:00PM Open Raven Rock State Park, 3009 Raven Rock Rd, Lillington, NC 27546, USA Pending Approval David
Dec 19 2021 (Sun) 11:00AM 4 Hour Score Advanced Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA Pending Approval David & Joseph

Types of Events

Here are some of the different types of events that are offered as either Open or Advanced 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.  Pre-registration is required at all our events. (Check the article for registration deadlines.)
  • Sprint Events: These are short courses at with lots of controls and direction changes.  Usually there are two courses and you can do both.  Other courses may also be available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

5 Responses to “Schedule”

  1. Hi,
    I’m going to be in town visiting my sister May 20 , when you hold a members only event. I’m determined to come but I’m not a member, and neither is she (she only does this to spend time with me). I’ve been a member up here at QOC, but I’m not a current member. I typically do Brown courses around 4 km, but I only make it to several events each year.

    I’d rather we run without having to buy a membership. But I’m willing to buy a membership just for this one event if necessary. But wd both of us need to buy a membership, bc that wd be too much. Or wd you accept a QOC membership for entry by reciprocity , if I bought that?

  2. I would like to register my son for the open event Sep 08 2019 (Sun). He has a requirement for 1 mile orienteering hike.

  3. Hi David,
    Once we get closer to September the event will be posted to our store:

    https://backwoodsok.org/store/

    You’ll be able to register then.

  4. I am the Sr. Naval Science Instructor at Union Pines HS in Cameron, NC and our NJROTC Orienteering team would be interested in competing in the events on Oct 19 at Umstead and Dec 1st at Raven Rock.

    Our team is relatively new, but need to get these on our schedule so we have a goal to aim for.

    What is required to register our team? Thanks in advance.

    CDR Chuck Wolfe
    UPHS NJROTC

  5. Hi Chuck,

    you should be fine attending both events with your team. Please keep an eye on our website to see when we post the official announcement of the event. At that time you’ll be able to register your team through our webstore:

    https://backwoodsok.org/store/

    Best,
    Imre

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