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Youth

NTOA is committed to teaching young people to find their way with a map and compass — as both a valuable life skill and a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, there are competitive opportunities at the regional, national and even international level for talented young orienteers.

BSA Orienteering Merit Badge

NTOA is happy to support Boy Scouts pursuing their orienteering merit badge. A dedicated merit badge briefing will take place at NTOA events. For 2-day meets, the briefing will be on Day 1 only. Scouts should check the schedule for each event for exact timing. 

Troops must provide their own 2-deep leadership or parents should accompany Scouts to the meets. NTOA will provide instruction and courses to complete the merit badge requirements. The merit badge requires participation in 3 orienteering courses and working as an official at one meet. Generally, Scouts can complete one course per meet day.

Note to Scoutmasters: The courses will satisfy the 1st Class orienteering requirement if you add the measuring of the height and width of objects (flag pole, tree, creek, etc.). That instruction is not provided.

 

Scouts should arrive at least 30 minutes before the first beginner’s clinic for the merit badge briefing. Scouts should wear clothes suitable for bushwhacking through the forest. Running shoes or boots are OK. Long pants or jeans, gaiters, or tall socks would be good. Bring suitable outdoor gear for the weather conditions (jacket, poncho or rain suit, gloves, hat, etc.). Orienteering meets are held even if raining. Also compass, watch, canteen or water bottle, and whistle (loaners available). Many bring a sack lunch for after they run, as food is not provided.

Be sure to pre-register on the NTOA website before the meet. If you pre-register, you will get a pre-printed map of your course. If you don’t, you may have to draw your course on a blank map before you start.

If you have any questions, contact merit badge counselor, Ralph Courtney or phone 903-814-0232.

BSA Venture Crew

What is Venturing?

Venturing is an inclusive program through the Boy Scouts of America for males and females ages 14-21 (or 13 and completed the 8th grade). Venturing is one of the fastest-growing BSA programs!

The purpose of Venturing is to provide experiences to help young people mature and become responsible and caring adults. Young people in Venturing learn leadership skills and participate in challenging outdoor activities.

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What an orienteering crew could expect to do:
  • Meet and compete at NTOA events
  • Plan competitions and training event at Circle Ten Camps
  • Participate in regional and national events as an orienteering Club team
  • Texas Junior Orienteering Camp (TJOC)

    Texas Junior Orienteering Camp (TJOC) is a 6-day residence orienteering camp for the BEST junior orienteers in Texas and the United States. We accept applications from orienteers ages 13 to 19, both male and females, who are currently competing at the Intermediate or Advanced level (that is, Orange, Brown, Green or Red courses). TJOC is specifically designed to train these successful junior orienteers to be even better, and prepare them for national competition. It is typically held the first week of June.
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