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NTOA Orienteering Merit Badge

Orienteering Merit Badge

A merit badge briefing will take place 30 minutes before the beginner’s clinic at the monthly meets of the North Texas Orienteering Association (NTOA). For 2 day meets the briefing will be on day 1 only. Scouts should check the http://www.ntoa.com latest information on meet schedule.

Troops must provide their own 2-deep leadership or parents should accompany Scouts to the meets. NTOA will provide instruction and courses to complete the merit badge requirements. The merit badge requires participation in 3 orienteering courses and working as an official at one meet. Generally Scouts can complete one course per meet day.

Note to Scoutmasters: The courses will satisfy the 1st Class orienteering requirement if you add the measuring of the height and width of objects (flag pole, tree, creek, etc.). That instruction is not provided.

Scouts should arrive at least 30 minutes before the first beginner’s clinic for the merit badge briefing. Scouts should wear clothes suitable for bushwhacking through the forest. Running shoes or boots are OK. Long pants or jeans, gaiters, or tall socks would be good. Bring suitable outdoor gear for the weather conditions (jacket, poncho or rain suit, gloves, hat, etc.). Orienteering meets are held even if raining. Also compass, watch, canteen or water bottle, and whistle (loaners available). Many bring a sack lunch for after they run. Awards are given after the competition.

You can pre-register on the website before the meet. If you pre-register you will get a pre-printed map of your course. If you don’t pre-register you may have to draw your course on a blank map before you start.

If you have any questions, contact merit badge counselor, or phone 903-814-0232.

NTOA Event List
2019 Fall
 09/21, trailer work day
 09/28, Gateway
 10/19, Oak Point
 11/16, Texoma
 12/14-15, Clements
2020 Spring
 01/11, Camp Wisdom
 01/25, Dillo-Goat
 02/08-09, Cooper Lake
 02/29, Crawford
 03/21, SR2
 04/18, Tyler
 05/09, Plano Score-O

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