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 (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!
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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 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.)
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.
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.