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Camp James Ray
01/13/2018
Camp James Ray , Pottsboro, TX

Meet Director:   Meet Director Notes
Course Setter:   Course Setter Notes
Assisting Org:    
 

Courses

White

Card punch
Yellow

Card punch
Orange

E-punch
Brown

E-punch
Green

E-punch
Red

E-punch
  • For an explanation of the course colors, see the course descriptions.
  • Course time limits: All competitors must report to the finish line after 3 hours from their start or 2:00 pm, whichever comes first.

Classes

  • This event will be using standard NTOA classes.
  • For an explanation of how the NTOA classes are determined, see the class descriptions (PDF).
  • Class Adjustments: Classes may be combined or sub-divided based on the number of entrants per class.

The Schedule

09:00 - 10:30 : Registration. You must arrive and register by 10:30 AM. If pre-registered, you must check-in and pay your fees by 10:30 AM
 
09:00 - 09:30 : BSA Merit badge clinic  Find out more.
 
09:30 - 09:45 : Beginner's clinic. Additional clinics may be held if there is a need and an instructor is available.
 
10:00 - 12:00 : Competitor's start the course, 1 person every minute on each course. No starts will be allowed after 12:00 except where the number of participants on a course requires additional start times
 
10:00 - 02:00 : Competitor's on the course. Every person must return to finish and check in by 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 02:30 : Award Ceremony. Or as soon as results are tallied after 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 04:00 : Control Marker Pickup. Get extra experience. Volunteer to pick up a few control bags.

Other Event Information

Orienteering Survival Guide: If this is your first event, you might like to read this event description .

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.

Information

Questions regarding preregistration can be sent to the . Other questions regarding the meet should be sent to the meet director.

Fees for Competitive Individuals - Awards given to top finishers
(Competitors that are competing as individuals)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $8 per person $11 per person
Members $12 per person $15 per person
Non-members $17 per person $20 per person
Price includes 1 map
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Orange,Brown,Green,Red)
 
Fees for Recreational Teams - No Awards given
(2 to 5 participants that are navigating the course together)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Non-members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Additional People
Maximum of 3 additional people
Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Brown,Green,Red)

Step 1: Registration

Online registration is highly encouraged. The number of maps with preprinted courses is based upon Online registration numbers. Day of race registrants may be required to hand draw their courses on a blank map.

The number of registatrations allowed for this venue is NOT limited by the landowner. NTOA has placed limits to keep event to a manageable size. Those limits are high enough that they have historically allowed everyone to participate. Use the following link to see the limits and the available slots for the event and for each course.

Limits and available slots

Online registration usually opens about 10 days before the event and closes at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Online registration has not opened yet.

Online registration will open about 10 days before the event and close at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Click on these expanding links for specific instructions.

[ "Team or Individual?" ]      [ "Help for Schools" ]      [ "Help for Scouts" ]      [ "Help for Families" ]



Team or Individual?

Individual Competitor:
Any participant that plans to complete the course on their own and without assistance. When completing the registration form, select Male or Female when asked for a competitor type.

Recreational Team:

Two to Five participants that will complete the course together. They will assist each other with map reading and with navigation. Examples include: families, groups of Scouts, adventure racing teams, and any novices who would like to work together.

To register as a team use the Recreational Team registration form.



Help for Schools

Entering Competitive Individuals

Use the Large Group registration form.

The contact person for the school should
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter information for each student participating as a Competitive Individual, one person per line.

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the school

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Help for Scouts

Because Scouts must orienteer in teams (buddy system) we recommend registering the team by a special name, along with your troop designation.

Good examples are: Troop 66 Eagles, Troop 945 Team 1, etc, ...

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select "BSA -- All Troops" for Boy Scouts or "GSA -- All Troops" for Girl Scouts.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the troop

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your troop listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Families and other groups (e.g., friends, corporate teams, ...)

If you want to Enter as Competitive Individuals

Use the Competitive Indivudual registration form.

For each person running as an individual
  • Enter a first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If your Group is NOT listed, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter the remaining information for the person.
  • Submit the form.
  • Use the form once for each person.

If you want to Enter as Recreational Teams



Use the Recreational Team registration form.
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If you are not a member of any of the groups, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.


After submiting your entries

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.


Competitive Individual

Enter
1
Competitive Individual
Recreational Team

Enter
1
Recreational Team
( min 2 people, max 5 people )
Large Group

Enter
1-20
Competitive Individuals
( from the same school, company or family )

Step 2: Download and complete a waiver

Save time on event day! Download and complete the waiver now. Complete the waiver in pen and bring with it you to the event.

NOTE: All youth under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Online Maps and Directions

Directions

From DFW Airport To Lake Texoma:

  • Take HWY 75 North to Sherman-Denison
  • Go west on FM 120 for 5 miles to Pottsboro.
  • Continue west on FM 996 for 5.9 miles.
  • Turn Left on Locust Rd. Continue for 1.7 miles.
  • Turn Right on Mill Creek Rd.
  • From here "O"-signs will direct you to the Camp James Ray headquarters.

location map

Meet Director Notes

Welcome

Welcome to beautiful James Ray Scout Reservation. The meet is co-sponsored by the North Texas Orienteering Association and Circle Ten Council BSA. The full slate of courses will be offered, white, yellow, orange, brown, green, and red. Thanks to Jim Stevens, who is experienced course setter, working at James Ray for the first time. Expect some surprises. Also Don Winn, without who, we wouldn't be having e-punch.

Start and Finish

First start will be 10am. Shooting Sport ranges will be closed. All courses close at 2pm.

Misc

Scout troops will be camping in the competition area. Please use courtesy around others campsites. Non-Scout concession sales not allowed. Restrooms and showers are available in pool house, north of parking.

Assisting Organization

Thanks to North Mesquite HS for providing our meet workers..

Andrea George

Course Setter Notes

New at the Camp

We did not use this venue last season so its been about 24 months since we were there. There have been quite a few changes made at the camp. We have updated the map with the changes only 5 days before the event. Come see what has changed and watch out for the new out of bounds area.

A million thanks to Ralph Courtney for stepping in an doing map updates and revising the courses for Carl since Carl had to be away this past weekend. Everyone should thank Ralph for his effort which kept us from canceling the event.

About the camp

The Camp is located both north and south of the paved Mill Creek Road. The beginner courses (White and Yellow) are in the northern part of the camp and will not go out to the paved road. The intermediate and advanced courses (Orange, Brown, Green, and Red) use both parts of the camp and cross the road at one of three crossing spots indicated on the map. (Drinking water is available at these crossing spots). You will be disqualified if you climb the uncrossable fence.

Map Notes

Map has a 3-meter contour interval. The map uses some nonstandard symbols to define the unique vegetation. Check the legend for symbols and what they mean. Special feature X (black) can show old cars, trailers, equipment, trash piles and other man-made items. Special feature O (black) can show flag poles, camp boundary markers, and other man-made items. Red circles show fire pits.

Decades ago, the camp used to be open fields with contour terraces to stop erosion. The terraces are subtle but distinguishable as low earthen mounds/ridges about 1 foot high and about 5 feet wide. Many of these terraces are shown on the map as earthen walls. Advanced course orienteers (Brown, Green, & Red) should learn how to identify them on the map and ground while doing the first part of their courses so that they are ready to find them as control points towards the end of their courses.

There are several houses and private property within the camp. These are out of bounds as shown on the map by the out of bounds red lines.

Trails

Some trails may be covered with leaves and may be difficult to find. Some trails have old, faded ribbons or trail signs marking them. Some of the east/west and north/south connecting trails in the north part of the camp are grown over. Some small stumps are on the trails which could be trip hazards.

Someone has been riding a 4 wheeler on the west side of the camp. This has left occaisonal evidence of wheel tracks that have not quite become a track or trail. These will not appear on the map.

Water crossings

The lake is still about normal level as shown on the map. Some orienteers may have to cross streams with water in them Unless it rains further, all orienteers should be able to cross without having to wade through water. Red and Green course participants may have to wade through low water depending upon where they choose to cross streams.

Dangers

Running through unfamiliar terrain is always dangerous. Notable terrain hazards at Texoma include high cliffs, deep gullies, un-crossable streams, barbed wire, briars, loose rocks, tree branches, and leaf-hidden hazards. There are scatterings of poison ivy in the camp with a couple of poison ivy thickets. No orienteers should have to go through any of the thick poison ivy areas. All orienteers are encouraged to wear long pants. In particular, the intermediate and advanced courses (Orange, Brown, Green, and Red) have some control points and/or legs with some amount of brambles.

Rifle Range

The shooting ranges will not be in use during the orienteering meet. You can ignore any signs that restrict entry into this area. Course were designed such that reasonable routes existing without having to go through the shooting area.

Sportsmanship

The courses utilize most of the property, and route choices may pass through the camping areas. Please use courtesy around campsites that are in use. Members of your group should stay within the camping areas and do not use this as an opportunity to explore the camp. Competitors who venture outside the camping areas or tamper with the controls will be immediately disqualified.

Course specifications

All courses were designed within their technical guidelines, but tend to be toward the more difficult end of the range. The Orange thru Red courses can also expect to be on the shorter side of the length recommendation. Winning times are expected to be about normal.

Carl Bridges

NTOA Meet Schedule

NTOA Event List
 
2017 Fall
 09/09, Mesquite-O
 09/23, NOD
 10/14, Gateway
 11/04, All Saints
 12/09-10, Clements
 
2018 Spring
 01/13, James Ray
 02/10-11, Cooper Lake
 03/03, Crawford
 03/10, LBJ
 03/24-25, SR2
 04/21, Tyler
 05/05, Plano Score-O
 

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