Save the date and make plans to join us Saturday, January 2 from 9am to 4pm at Cub-O, the annual Cub Scout orienteering event held at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch.
Cub-O is the most poplar orienteering event in North America. A fun day of hiking and friendly competition for Cub Scouts, parents, and leaders. Orienteering, the use of map and compass, to find locations and plan a journey, has been a vital skill for humans for thousands of years. Thousands of people participate in the sport each year in local clubs and competitions. Longhorn Council has two events annually for orienteering. One is for Cub Scouts (Cub O), and one is held for Boy Scouts (SCORE-O).
Lunch is included. Each team of 3-6 Cubs gets a Cub-O map half an hour before the race starts. Your goal is to hike in the woods and find as many of the 40 orange and white orienteering flags as you can. Plan your strategy to score the maximum point total possible in 2 hours!
Map training sessions for Cub Scouts and parents are held all morning.
Lunch will be served in the dining hall. Meal times are assigned to minimize the length of serving lines. Units may choose to do Pack Family Camping on Friday and/or Saturday night. The Pack is not coordinating this campout, but any family desiring to camp either night, please see April as we hope to have an event coordinator who will facilitate this event. Volunteers are a GREAT GIFT.... HINT HINT
Scores will be available by Saturday night. After the event, each team's competition race maps will be available to pick up at the District Roundtable meetings in January or February.
This is a rain or shine event: extreme inclement weather (ice or snow) may cause a one week postponement. Weather announcements will be made on the Longhorn Council Website and on our blog as well.
Sound like something you want to do? Well, print out this registration form and get it to April by Monday, December 28 with payment. Two adults are required to register per team. Teams will be assigned based upon the number of cubs registered in our Pack. We will do our best to keep dens intact and to have our Webelos I & II combined.
From the registration form:
Cub-O is an orienteering event designed for everyone to enjoy: dens that compete hard, dens that want an easy hike in the woods, and dens that want to teach their boys more about problem solving and map reading. All Tigers, Cub Scouts, Webelos, leaders, and parents are invited. Separate awards for each age group. CUB-O is the most popular Orienteering event in the USA! Over 1000 Cub Scouts, leaders, and parents participated in CUB-O every year since 1999!
It’s fast, exciting, and FUN. And it’s all Cub Scouts. The locations of 40-50 orange and white orienteering flags are marked on the map and you and your team will go hiking in the woods to find them – or most of them! Each flag has a hole punch that you use to mark your scorecard. Flags are worth 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 points, depending on how hard they are to find. Your Den team will get a Cub-O competition map 20 minutes before the race starts. Then you plan a hiking strategy to find the most flags and score the most points in just 2 hours! You’ll stay warm ‘cause you’ll stay moving!
Cub-O is a team event for teams (Dens) of 3-6 Cub Scouts and at least 2 adults. Each team must have at least two adults registered for Cub-O. Be sure to dress warmly in layers and bring lots of water! Bring a compass and a watch so you’ll finish on time. All registered participants will get a Cub-O patch, our latest 5-color competition map, lunch and a great day of orienteering.
Additional attendees (attending, assisting, or camping, but not competing) can pay $6 for lunch and liability insurance only but must register and be prepaid.
We are strongly encouraging our Bears and Webelos of both years to camp out at this event. B'sides -- it'll be fun! Besides, they only way you're going to learn, is to be exposed to as many opportunities as they possibly can.
Please be sure you RSVP on the Scoutbook invitation if you plan to go and in the comments section, you can include if you are going to camp out. ALL parents do not need to go on the competition. We only need two leader per group who have been YPT Trained. Otherwise, you are welcome to run around with your family, relax, read, enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of some down time!