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General Information

Welcome

Welcome to the Texas Stampede !

This meet features 2 competitive events. You can sign up for one but not both, because they run concurrently.

  • Standard event: 2-day competition with cumulative times for Saturday and Sunday
  • Special event: Ultra-Long "Black" course on Saturday only


See the Competition Related sections for details on each event.
 

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Information Updates


07/12/2018: Initial pages uploaded to website.

Schedule

 
Schedule information is TENTATIVE. The MD and the CS will revise the schedule and post in the early fall
 
Thursday, December 13th
6:00 PM All online registration closes!

All registrations submitted after this deadline will be accepted as RECREATIONAL ONLY!
 
Saturday, December 15th
 
Ultra-long competition schedule
08:00 AM - 08:30 AM Black Course Check-in
08:30 AM - 08:45 AM Relocate to Start Area
08:45 AM - 09:00 AM Final Instructions and Map distribution
09:00 AM Mass Start of all Competitors
03:00 PM All Competitors must have returned to Finish
 
2 day combined competition schedule
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM 2 day Competition Event Check-in
09:30 AM Beginner instruction
10:00 AM Day 1, First Start
03:00 PM All Competitors must have returned to Finish
 
Sunday, December 16th
09:00 AM Day 2, First Start
02:00 PM Awards presentation
 

Start Times

The first start on Saturday will be 10 AM and the first start on Sunday at 9 AM. Walk times to the start will be posted in the course setter's notes.
 

Results

The awards ceremony will take place at 2 PM on Sunday.

Interim results will be posted at the meet as time permits prior to the awards ceremony. Official results will be posted on the NTOA website as soon as possible after the meet.

Fees

Choice of Competition Types
Sat/Sun 2-Day Cumulative Courses Saturday Only Ultra Long Course
 
The fee shown is for the 2-day event.
The fee is the reduced in half if you register for just one day
 
Fees for Competitive Individuals
(a participant that is navigating the course individually)
Competitor Cost
Non-members $34 per person
Members $24 per person
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $16 per person
 
Fees for Recreational Teams - No Awards given
(2 to 5 participants that are navigating the course together)
Competitor Online registration Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $34 (for 2 persons)
Members $34 (for 2 persons)
Non-members $34 (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
 
Other Fees
Item Cost
Competitive TeamsNot Allowed
E-Punch Rental $6 per fingerstick
 
The fee shown is for the 1 day event.
 
Fees for Teams
(2 or more participants that are navigating the course together)
Competitor Cost
Non-members $40 per 2 person team
Members $40 per 2 person team
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $40 per 2 person team
 
Additional People
Maximum of 3 additional people
$20 per person

Meet Officials

Meet Director:  
Course Setter:  
Registrar:    
Online Registration:    
Epunching:    
 

Competition Related

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 within 3 hours of their start.
 

Classes

  • This event will be using the custom NTOA 2-Day meet classes.
  • See the following chart for a class list.
  • The online registration form will calculate the competitor's class.
  • Class Adjustments: Classes may be combined or sub-divided based on the number of entrants at the descretion of the meet director.

Awards

This data is not available at this time. Please check back later.

Registration Page for the 2 Day orienteering event

 
Adventure Racers! Do not use this page
To Register for the 1 day Ultra Long race, please use the Ultra Long Race page.
 
Questions regarding preregistration can be sent to the . Other questions regarding the meet should be sent to the meet director.
Choice of Competition Types
Competition Courses Recreational Courses
   
2-day Competition 1 or 2 day Recreational
White

Manual punch
Yellow

Manual punch
Orange

Electronic punch
Brown

Electronic punch
Green

Electronic punch
Red

Electronic punch
White

Manual punch
Yellow

Manual punch
   
   

Step 1: Register Online

 
Adventure Racers! Do not use this page
To Register for the 1 day Ultra Long race, please use the Ultra Long Race page.
 
Competition Courses Recreational Courses
Competition online registration is not available at this time.
Recreational online registration is not available at this time.

Competitive Individual

Enter
1
Competitive Individual
Large Group

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

Recreational Team

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

Step 2: Download and complete waiver

Please download and complete the waiver

Complete the waiver in pen.

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.

Welcome

Welcome (back) to the friendly confines of Camp Clements and the 10th annual Texas Stampede!

For the newbies: This camp is operated by the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The property includes 3,300 acres of pine/hardwood forest and ranchland. The area is divided into two camps: Camp Trevor Rees-Jones and Camp Meisenbach. Our two-day event will feature races at both camps. It is the site of the 2008 U.S. Interscholastic Orienteering Championships.

Day 1: Camp Trevor Rees-Jones

This camp is the area one first enters from the main entrance, with two lakes. Drive straight ahead. Our assembly area will be at the HQ building. Please follow parking attendants' directions and park only where directed to do so.

Day 2: Camp Meisenbach

The area is reached by hanging a left at the first fork past the main entrance. The road leading to Meisenbach has been repaved but is re-acquiring potholes and is subject to flooding. Drive with care. Follow signage to reach the parking area. Assembly area is in the pavilion at the camping area north of the parking lot.

ULTRA-LONG BLACK COURSE RACERS

The ultra-long course will start and finish at the Camp Trevor Rees-Jones assembly area and range over both camps. Mass start is at 9:00 a.m. Please assemble by 8:45 a.m. for instructions and map distribution. The time limit is 6 hours, i.e., be BACK at finish by 3:00 pm. This part is key: Please check in at the finish, even if you decide to stop earlier.

Electronic scoring: We will once again be using e-punch for this race. This will enable you to compare splits and trash talk after the race with actual data to back it up. You'll learn how to use it at the race briefing, if unfamiliar.

If you have your own e-punch, you can use it. Others will receive one to borrow at no cost. We will require you to leave a drivers license/keys for borrowed devices. Everyone needs to report to the e-punch station after Registration to register their stick number or get their assigned one.

TEXAS STAMPEDE PARTICIPANTS:

  • Online registration will remain open until Noon Thursday as with usual events.
  • Starts will not be pre-assigned for this event
    • White and Yellow course runners will receive start times EACH DAY at Registration. First come, first served.
    • Advanced courses (e-punch: Orange/Brown, Green, Red): You have an open, walk-up start. After Registration, you can go directly to the start line (first start: 10:00 a.m. Sat or 9:00 a.m. Sun) and begin when you're ready, at one-minute intervals per course.
    • Note: Please remember to Clear/Check/Start, Clear/Check/Start, Clear/Check/Start, Clear/Check/Start, Clear/Check/Start. Failure to comply will result in a big fat DQ. You should still carry a punchcard to use ONLY in case of e-box failure.

Recreational Runners: You'll follow the same process as everyone else. Only difference is, cheaper entry fee and no medals.

Watchouts: Things to avoid

  • Disturbing other visitors: We should have the camp to ourselves, according to head ranger Kevin Slater. However, please do not run through obviously occupied campsites if you encounter them. Go around. Be polite.
  • Shooting range: It could be in use. There's a big fence around this area, so you cannot wander into it by accident. Do not wander into it on purpose, either.
  • COPE equipment area: If people are using the ropes course, do not run through their activity. Go around.

Evening activity: Course review

You're invited to join fellow competitors for an informal course review from 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, at the Holiday Inn Express, 1119 E Tyler St, Athens, TX 75751. (Roughly across the street from Jalapeno Tree.) You may bring non-alcoholic beverages. We'll be meeting in the breakfast area past the lobby. Bring your map, splits and best excuses!

IMPORTANT: Horses and riders may be present on trails in either camp. The chances you will encounter one another are slim, but please follow these directives from the camp's head ranger, Kevin Ranger Slater:

  • Do not run in the vicinity of horses and riders
  • If your paths cross, step aside and let the riders go by. They always have right of way
  • If you are approaching from the rear and must pass, announce yourself from a distance, slow to a walk and pass by giving them a wide berth. Do not squeeze by on the trail; the horse could spook or you could be kicked. It's better to approach from the front, if possible
  • "If you do have an encounter, please let me know when you get back to the finish

That's all - have fun out there!

Lisa Carr
(214) 385-8622 / lisawernercarr@gmail.com

CS Notes

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 is just Southeast of the parking area. The finish is the covered shelter about 150m North of the parking area.

Navigation - Other than localized areas of intricate reentrants, most navigable features at Clements Scout Ranch are broad or even subtle. There are numerous 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. Some updates have been made to the maps with most of the logged area shown with large thatched marking as shown on the legion. The areas look open but there are considerable logging debris are mixed with grasses and vines hindering navigation through areas that show to be open. Be aware of camping areas and be courteous when going in and around camp areas that are occupied.

Trails - 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.

Contours - 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.

Vegetation - 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 - 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.

Manmade objects - 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

Horses - There may be some trail riders in the camp. Do not run up on horse riders, 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

Orienteering Rules - 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.)

Course Information

Water on course: Water is at several road intersections convenient for all courses.

Control proximity: There are many controls very near to each other. As always, it is very important to carefully check control numbers.

Day 1   Day 2
Course Distance(KM) Course Distance(KM)
White 2.55White 2.55
Yellow4.16Yellow3.19
Orange5.33Orange5.39
Brown 4.56Brown 4.73
Green 6.64Green 6.43
Red 7.81Red 7.53
Black 16.14  

Gene Wernette

 

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. Check the Circle Ten Council website page and scroll down to the paragraph titled "Camp Permits" for more details.

Non-Scout groups should contact  

Lodging in Athens

 

Camping near Athens

Additional lodging and camping is available a bit farther from Clements Scout Ranch in Canton and Tyler.

Online Maps and Directions

DFW Airport to Athens

Athens to Clements Scout Ranch

 

Offline Maps and Directions

Club provided Directions to Athens

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 Athens Travel 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
 

Other Information

New Orienteer 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.

Weather

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.

Bottom line: Be prepared for anything. Have gloves, hats and running gear of good wicking material in case it is wet and cold.
 

Map Information

  • 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.
 

Camp Meisenbach (Northern section of venue)

  • Central feature is a large open plateau region used for livestock grazing.
  • Gentle and broad ridge/reentrant-type terrain surrounds the plateau and falls away on all sides
  • Collection of open shelters and pit toilets in the NE portion of the map.
  • Some deep, steep-sided, high contour-detailed creeks.
  • Running speed in white areas is very fast with trees widely spaced.
  • Vegetation hazards are predominently low-lying "wait-a-minute" vines and higher-hanging green briar. Hitting the latter at full-speed could be painful.
  • Visibility is generally good to excellent except in the darkest green areas.
  • Courses are expected to be on the long side to achieve recommended winning times.
  • Facility map (from BSA, Cirle Ten Council)
 

Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp (Southern section of venue)

  • Central feature is the chain of lakes and swamps running north/south through the map.
  • Ridge/reentrant terrain otherwise, but slightly gentler than in Camp Meisenbach.
  • Many buildings, shelters, fences and other man-made objects scattered throughout the map.
  • Running speed, vegetation and visibility are generally similar to Camp Meisenbach. However, there are more open areas whose borders have denser vegetation due to sun exposure.
  • Course lengths expected to be long.
  • Facility map (from BSA, Cirle Ten Council)
 

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