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Camp James Ray
01/12/2019
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

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Course Setter Notes

Trails and Streams

Many trails are covered with leaves and may be somewhat difficult to find and/or follow. Those hard-to-find trails on the white/yellow courses have been flagged with ribbon. There may also be a few indistinct trails that had become so indistinct that they have almost "disappeared". Those that we investigated have been removed but there may be others.

Almost none of the streams and ditches have water but those that do are high and/or muddy. Remember, you may only cross water if you can see the bottom.

New Trails in Process

The BSA staff is planning several new trails and campsites in the southwest portion of the camp. At this time, ribbons have been hung but no true trail clearing has taken place. These "future" tails are not on the map.

New Structures

The BSA staff has been busy adding picnic table shelters at most of the campsites. They are red-topped open air metal structures. In adding these structures, they occasionally had to move flag poles and fire rings. Quite a few of these structures have been added to the map along with any corresponding fire ring/flag pole changes. But there are a handful of campsites on the north side of the loop that haven't had their structures/modifications mapped yet.

The swimming pool has been moved next to the main parking lot and the old pool has been filled in.

Gates

The gates cut into the non-crossable fence that runs along the North and South sides of Mill Creek Rd about halfway between the main camp entrance and the far west corner of the main property are not traditional gates. They are simply holes cut in the fences. The gates are small and have some wires sticking out that have been taped over. Use caution if you choose to use these holes in the fence.

Dangers

The Orange, Brown, Green and Red courses cross the main road twice. Please watch out for cars when crossing and running beside the road.

Running through unfamiliar terrain is always dangerous. Notable terrain hazards at James Ray include high cliffs, non-crossable streams, briars, loose rocks, Cedar tree branches, and leaf-hidden hazards.

There are several old/ruined barbed wire fences on the property. Many are buried under the leaves and not readily noticeable. Those that I came across, I marked with orange/pink ribbon. But there are going to be plenty that are not marked.

Rifle Range

The rifle and archery ranges are part of the active courses this weekend (there is no shooting). You can ignore any signs that restrict entry into those areas.

Sportsmanship

The courses utilize the entire property, and pass through the camping areas. Please use courtesy around any campsites in use by others. There are also several houses on the property or boundary of the property - most are marked out of bounds. Please be courteous and avoid running through the yards of these houses.

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.

Safety Bearing

The main camp is on a peninsula, which extends into Lake Texoma. It is split by the main road. When on main camp, generally go uphill east or west to the main road.

The safety bearing when on the south camp area is to go Northeast to Mill Creek Rd.

Map Notes

Map has a 3-meter contour interval.

The map uses 3 nonstandard symbols to define the unique vegetation. Yellow background with green dots (usually denotes orchard) means fast running with low visibility. Green background with tiny yellow dots, means slow running with good visibility. Green X-pattern, means un-crossable.

Past droughts followed by flooding has modified some of the vegetation. Areas that are shown as dark green and were once not crossable may be crossable now. The woods are relatively navigable in most places but there are plenty of briars that can impede progress.

The area has intricate gully systems. Gullies are shown by contour lines or the gully symbol. The dry ditch and intermittent stream symbols are shown in blue to make the map easier to read.

Special feature X can show old cars, boats, trailers, rusted equipment, trash piles and other man-made items. There are new houses on the borders of the map. Some of these houses are not mapped.

Start/Finish

The start is in the big field south of the dining hall. The finish is on the east side of the dining hall.

Course Specification

Course Length(M) Map Scale Controls
White A 2.5 1:7500 13
Yellow A 2.9 1:7500 10
Orange 5.5 1:10000 15
Brown 4.3 1:7500 10
Green 5.9 1:10000 15
Red 6.7 1:10000 15

Mary Lynn Genovesi

NTOA Meet Schedule

NTOA Event List
 
2018 Fall
 09/29, Gateway
 11/17, Texoma
 12/15-16, Camp Clements
 
2019 Spring
 01/12, James Ray
 02/09-10, Cooper Lake
 03/02, Crawford
 03/16, Dillo-Goat
 03/23, SR2
 04/13, Tyler
 05/04, Plano Score-O
 06/02-07, TJOC
 
2019 Fall
 09/28, Gateway
 10/19, Harry Moss
 11/16, Texoma
 12/07-08, Clements
 
2020 Spring
 01/11, Camp Wisdom
 01/25, Dillo-Goat
 02/08-09, Cooper Lake
 02/29, Crawford
 03/21, SR2
 04/18, Tyler
 05/09, Plano Score-O
 

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