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
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
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
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.