Special Announcements!

This weekend is the West Point NRE, which is hosting the WOC Team Trials this year! All of the elites will be coming from across the country and also Europe to compete against each other for one of the spots on the WOC team.

OUSA is running a fun contest to guess who the team members may be – fill out the form here to have a chance of getting some WOC gear (a map perhaps?) if you guess the selection correctly!

Over the weekend there will also be a bake sale run by the Junior Squad/YDP to fundraise for their summer trip. Speaking of a fundraiser for the juniors…

There’s going to be a Junior Control Challenge Fundraiser!! Starting April 17th!!

Picture lots of fun and training like in these photos

The Junior Squad of the National Team (NT) and the Youth Development Program (YDP) are excited to announce a new fundraising campaign to help athletes travel, train and compete in Europe. This trip is one of the best training opportunities for our young orienteers and helps unite the junior program from individuals living across the country into a single team. It also exposes athletes to new and exciting maps and terrain.  

This is the first time since 2019 that this kind of training and racing trip is being planned again, with the trip being open to all athletes on the National Team and all juniors in the YDP. While large parts of the JWOC team’s participation costs are covered through the Board Designated funds for the National Team, all costs for the Bulgaria portion of the trip, the athletes participating in JWOC-Tour and all travel to and from event locations, including JWOC, are covered by the athletes themselves. While Bulgaria and Romania are not expensive countries for lodging and food, the combination of airfare, ground transportation and race fees is still quite high. 

Goal: We hope to raise at least $4000.

Any additional funds will be used to support athletes going to NAOC and help in holding on to the “Future Champions Cup”, won by the OUSA juniors at NAOC 2018.

All donations and pledged funds will go to the entire team, not individual athletes, no matter whether your challenge was to an individual or a few athletes or the entire team (YDP juniors may also be challenged).

How to pledge:

To raise money, the athletes will participate in a Control Challenge. Similar to walk-a-thons, instead of donating a set sum, you pledge a certain amount of money for one or more persons completing a task. In the case of the control challenge, this is usually collected controls but also works for kms run or hours trained.

Example: I pledge $0.50 for the sum of controls visited by all the East Coast JWOC athletes during the fundraiser time; bonus $30 if they reach 400 controls.

Please feel free to look at the logs of those going to Europe and those who have been challenged, to gauge reasonable pledges. All logs associated with the challenge can be accessed here. You may keep it simple or be creative with your pledges, add bonuses, track non-control goals, or create competitions (east coast vs west coast?). Feel free to set a maximum on your pledge as well. Any amount donated or pledged is helpful, thanks in advance to all participating in this fundraiser!

Options for Pledging or Donating:

  1. Leave a comment on this attackpoint thread with your pledge. 
  2. If you’d rather help but not make it public, send an e-mail with your pledge to Keegan at keegan@harkador.com or Lily at lilyaddicott@gmail.com
  3. Or just donate directly by following this link or sending in a donation by mail.

The fundraiser will run from April 17th to June 4th.  After June 4th, we will count up all the controls, kilometers, and hours logged, and notify each pledger of the final pledge amount, how to submit it and by when.


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