Southwest Regional Championships & Ultra-Long

Join us at Clements Scout Ranch in Athens for two days of challenging orienteering in the piney woods of East Texas–home to Scouts, 🦌, 30-50 feral 🐗 and the occasional (tiny) 🐊. Or, challenge yourself on the one-day ultra-long Black course on Saturday only. Consider it an early Xmas gift!

General info

Event Officials

Meet Director: Lisa Carr ……. Meet Director notes TBD 
Course Setters: Gene Wernette and Ray Janes ……. Course Setter notes TBD
Assisting School: Dobie High School (Lt. Col. William Malpass)
E-Punch Coordinator: TBD


We’ll be offering the following courses:
White: Easiest
Yellow: Experienced beginners
Orange: Intermediate
Brown: Short advanced
Green: Medium-length advanced
Red: Long advanced

See a detailed description of each class.


Unless stated otherwise, we’ll offer the full slate of NTOA classes. Classes are determined by age bracket for competitive individuals and +/- age 19 for Recreational (two or more people) teams. 

See a listing of all the NTOA classes. (PDF)

Scoring: Manual punchcards will be used to score the White and Yellow courses. E-punch will be used to score the Orange, Brown, Green and Red courses.


Please be sure to check the NTOA Facebook Page or Group for last-minute schedule changes. We hold events rain or shine, but we have unfortunately had to cancel events due to high water in the recent past.


Time Activity
9:00 - 10:30 am
Registration opens
9:00 - 9:30 am
Boy Scout Merit Badge briefing
9:30 - 9:45 am
Beginner's Clinic: Open to all!
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Orienteers start out on each course in one-minute intervals
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
White and Yellow course punchcards are scored and results for all courses calculated as orienteers finish
2:00 pm
Courses close; Awards ceremony
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Control pick-up: Volunteer and get a little extra practice


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Online pre-registration is highly encouraged! We use the pre-registration numbers to determine how many pre-printed maps to produce for each event. In particular, group leaders, please pre-register or drop the Registrar an email to talk about your  group’s size. We do print a modest number of extra maps, and day-of-race registration is permitted. But there’s no guarantee you’ll have a map. Pre-registration is FREE and opens about 10 days before each event. so please take a moment to do it. Thanks!

Questions about registration? Contact the NTOA Registrar. For questions on other event matters, contact the Meet Director (listed above).

Event fees

Individuals (1 person navigating on their own):
Only individuals can officially compete (awards for top 3 in each class) at NTOA events. But even if you’re doing it on your own just for recreation, please sign up as a (competitive) individual. Members and youth (aka, Juniors, age 19 and under) pay reduced event fees. There’s a $3 surcharge for adult day-of-race entries. So join NTOA and pre-register! Fee covers 1 map.

Competitor type Cost
Juniors (age 19 and under)
NTOA (and other O clubs) members
E-punch rental (Orange, Brown, Green, Red courses)
Day-of-race surcharge

Recreational Teams (2 or more people navigating together):

We love teams — orienteering is a great family activity! Teams aren’t eligible for awards, just the fun. Base fee covers the first 2 team members and 2 maps. Add people for $5 each. Kids under age 8 are free (after first 2 team members paid).

Team type Cost
All teams (first 2 people)
Extra person (over age 8) - includes map

Pre-registration is open when the button is green!


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 conditions: ~ 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