NOTE: All youth under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.
Step 3: Submit payment and waiver to meet officials
There are NO mail-in requirements for payments and waivers this year.
Please bring payments and waivers with you to the event.
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Start and Finish
Day 1 - The start (5 minute walk from HQ building) is about 350m South of the HQ building along the East side of the lake.
Please follow the ribbons to the start area. The finish is at the small covered shelter 50m north of the HQ building.
Day 2 - The start (10 minute walk from parking area) is about 600m West of parking area. Follow the ribbons to the start
area. The finish is the covered shelter about 150m North of the parking area
Other than localized areas of intricate reentrants, most navigable features at Clements Scout Ranch are broad or even
subtle. There are many fences on Saturday's map that will affect route choice -- make sure to look for crossing points
or gates. There is green briar throughout the camp; be careful when running at high speed and definitely wear leg
protection . There has been extensive lumbering especially in the Meisenbach (Day 2) area. Tree Trunks were removed
but branches, some quite large were left where they fell. The branches large and small are mixed with grasses and vines
hindering navigation through areas that show to be open.
The camp has been used by decades of scouts - so there are many old trails that are now somewhat hard to see - often
being little more than leaf covered ruts in the woods that you can follow linearly, but are difficult to see when crossing
perpendicularly. These have been mapped as indistinct and small trails on the map. Especially in the Meisenbach (Day 2)
area there are flagging ribbons throughout marking trails, property boundaries, forest harvest boundaries, etc. Runners
will need to be vigilant as to trail junctions and trail directions.
Slopes and contour features, including depressions and knolls are generally gradual or shallow, and can be subtle. On the
other hand, gullies can be deep and challenging to cross.
White and light green forest is fast but there is always a chance of hitting some green briar. Be careful. The dark
green can be thick with thorns
Water levels are low. Small streams and gullies are likely to be dry. Larger streams may have water. Nearly all
depressions and pits were dry just a few weeks ago. The local soil is sandy and drains well most seasonal marshes
are now dry.
The main objects of consideration are fences. There are many uncrossable fences (indicated with double tick marks) that
will definitely affect route choice. The crossable fences are often barbed wire. Be very careful when crossing these;
the preferable method is to lie down and roll underneath. There are many new shelters at almost all of the camping areas
at Camp Trevor Rees-Jones. Around each of the camp areas are many new tent stands; most of these have not been mapped.
Many camps will be occupied by scout this weekend. Please be courteous and avoid interfering with scout activities
There may be some trail riders in the camp. Do not run up on horseriders, yield the trail and avoid startling the horses
If you open a gate, close it behind you. Livestock in the camp must remain in their pastures. Don't bother the
horses in the fields and corrals and give riders plenty of room
Remember, on the competition courses orienteering is a solo event. Working with another person or signaling a control
location is grounds for disqualification. Those interested in working as a team should participate on the recreational
courses. (Teamwork is permitted on the Black course.)
Water on course
Water is at several road intersections convenient for all courses
There are many controls very near to each other. As always, it is very important to carefully check control numbers.
Travel Related Information
Camping at Clements
Limited camping is available for registered scout troops and certain
other groups at $5 per person.
Circle Ten manages the camp and any camping registrations for
Scouts. Scouts wanting to camp at Clements, please contact either the Circle Ten Council.
Circle Ten Council website page
and scroll down to the paragraph titled "Camp Permits" for more details.
There are two options: Going southeast through Dallas, which is more direct,
or heading directly south to I20 and then heading east, which is longer in
distance. At low traffic times, passing through Dallas will be quicker. However,
if you will be passing through downtown Dallas during rush hour, particularly on
Friday, taking the southern route may be faster.
Travel time from DFW Airport to Clements Scout Ranch in good traffic condtions: ~ 2 hrs
Option 1: Through Dallas Take the South airport exit
Take Hwy 183 East towards Dallas
Hwy 183 merges into I35E
Take I35E into Dallas
After passing through downtown Dallas:
Take I30 East towards Texarkana
Take I45 South towards Houston
Follow directions below from "Dallas to Athens"
Option 2: Around Dallas to I20 Take the South airport exit
Take Hwy 183 West towards Ft. Worth
Take Hwy 360 South
Take I20 East towards Shreveport
Take Hwy 175 South towards Kaufman
Follow directions below from "Dallas to Athens"
Dallas to AthensTravel time from downtown Dallas to Clements Scout Ranch ~ 1 hr 25 min From Dallas on I45 heading South
Take Hwy 175 to Kaufman
Hwy 175 continues to Athens
Take Hwy 175 all the way into Athens until Hwy 31
Take Hwy 31 East (Left) to town center
Club provided Directions to Clements Scout Ranch
From town center in Athens
Go South on SR 19
Go West (Right) on Farm Road 753
Farm Road 753 bends to head Southwest
Go South (left) on Farm Road 2970
Entrance to Clements Scout Ranch is on the East (left) side of Farm Road 2970
New Orienteer Information
Orienteering Survival Guide: If this is your first event, you
might like to read this event
Equipment: Wear comfortable running shoes or hiking boots, long
pants or long nylon running pants for protection against underbrush,
eyewear to protect against branches, a watch as there is a time limit (3
hours unless noted otherwise), a whistle to call for help, and a compass.
The compass should be protractor-style with a clear baseplate that can be
purchased at many outdoor and sporting-goods stores for $10-$15.
Water:Water will be available at the start, finish and at
locations on the course. However, all participants are highly encouraged
to carry water to prevent dehydration.
Texas weather in February can be extremely variable. Cold jet stream winds from the
north can drop the temperature to the teens. Southern winds can raise the
temperatures back up to the seventies the very next day! One day can be a sunny
day, perfect for shorts. The next can be cold and rainy. We have a good snow a couple
times a winter, and sometimes it even sticks around for a day or two. Storms of
freezing rain and ice are not uncommon. But then it's sunny and warm again.
Be prepared for anything. Have gloves, hats and running gear of good wicking material
in case it is wet and cold.
Area previously used for 2007 USOF Interscholastic Championships
1:10,000, 3m contours
Mapper: Tatyana Svistun
Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp and Camp Meisenbach
Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp and Camp Meisenbach are located on the magnificent 3,300-acre Clements Scout Ranch near Athens, Texas.
A total of four major lakes contribute to make this a true outdoorman's paradise. Soft rolling hills covered with
oak, hickory and pine trees provide favorable natural habitat for the various wildlife to be found on the property.
Bobcat, fox, opossum, raccoon, skunk, muskrat and rabbit can be found at various points on the property.