2017 Orienteering USA Convention Information

When: Friday, November 10, 2017, 10 AM - 6 PM

Where: Alexandria, Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College Schlesinger Center. 12-minute drive from Reagan Airport


  • Free to OUSA members
  • $10 for non-members ($5 non-member juniors)
  • A bag lunch will likely be offered for $12, which must be ordered in advance via registration

OUSA invites you to the 2017 Orienteering USA Convention for all members of the US orienteering community.

The convention will be a full day of presentations and discussions about challenges and solutions, strategies, successes, and future activities among clubs. Most of the convention will consist of 15-to-30-minute short talks on topics pertaining to Event Organization, Marketing and Publicity, Athlete Development and Junior Programs, Web and Technology, and club offerings from OUSA. 

The convention will start at 10 AM on Friday, November 10 (Veterans' Day observed). OUSA will record all talks and make them accessible on YouTube for people unable to attend.

In addition, a set of hands-on Mapping Workshops will take place on Friday and Sunday during the weekend, organized by Peter Goodwin. See details below.

Convention Schedule:

Ian Smith, NEOC
10:00 AM
Youth and Development Session I10:05 AM
  IntroductionBarb Bryant, NEOC/CSU 
  OUSA Junior National ProgramGreg Ahlswede, DVOA 
  OUSA Progression and PatchesClare Durand, LAOC 
  Activities for Children and Families at club meets 
  In-school ProgramsBarb Bryant, NEOC/CSU 
  Maryland JROTC ProgramMike Rodrigues
Boris Granovskiy, CSU
  Starting a Youth League
Bob Forgrave, COC
11:30 AM
Youth and Development Session II12:30 PM
  Scouts and OrienteeringBriqan Coleman 
  Coaching Juniors in CSU SkiingAlex Jospe, CSU 
  Foreign volunteers for clubsBarb Bryant, CSU 
  Training to be an Elite OrienteerGreg Ahlswede, DVOA 
  University Teams
Tori and Jon Campbell, QOC
Break for coffee and networking
2:00 PM
Events, Clubs, and Technology Session2:30 PM
  OUSA Event RestructuringAlex Jospe, CSU
Ed Despard, CSU
  Cascade Orienteering Club event strategyBob Forgrave, COC 
  Los Angeles Orienteering Club: model and directionClare Durand, LAOC 
  That Course-setting Attitude!Steve Tarry, UNO 
  LiDAR and OCIN
Matthew Robbins, OCIN 
4:00 PM
Clubs and OUSA Session4:30 PM
  Club Advancement PipelineBob Forgrave, COC 
  US Olympic Committee Assembly LessonsIan Smith, CSU 
  OUSA Status, Strategy, and DirectionKris Beecroft, QOC 

Hands-on Mapping Workshops

The schedule of the mapping workshops is now firm. To register for any or all sessions, contact Peter Goodwin.

The Friday woods mapping venue will be Lake Accotink and is about 20 minutes from the OUSA Convention Site. The Friday night LIDAR workshop will be at the Holiday Inn that is across the road from the Event Hotel.  The Sunday park/schoolyard map workshop will be at the Classic Championship Sunday parking area for car pooling. These workshops are open to everyone, those with no mapping experience and those with some mapping experience.  In order to make sure that there are enough materials, you must let Peter Goodwin know which workshops you wish to attend.

FRIDAY: At Lake Accotink near the Convention Center.

  • 9:00 – 12:00Introduction to mapping using LiDAR and other data. This will be hands-on and materials will be provided for making field notes in a “woods” area. This is an orienteering area with an existing map but participants will learn the basics of field checking.
  • 1:00 – 5:00 — More in-depth work with obtaining field notes from the LiDAR and other data. This part will continue to build on the skills that are involved in making “woods” orienteering maps. More time will be spent by participants by themselves working on particular areas, with discussions to follow. Some people may wish to go to the morning session and then go to the convention for the afternoon. (Bring your own lunch.)

FRIDAY Evening: At the Holiday Inn across from the Event Hotel

  • 7:30 – 8:15Introduction to LiDAR. This session will look at what LiDAR can provide a mapper to make field checking easier. It will also look briefly at the ways that this data is obtained and how to get started with the data.
  • 8:30 – 10:00LiDAR methods and “tweaks”. This will be a more in-depth look at how to obtain LiDAR information and will look at what different “settings” and programs can give. It is assumed that participants will have been at the Introduction to LiDAR session or are generally familiar with what LiDAR can produce.

SUNDAY:  At the car pooling parking area used to get to the Orienteering event.

  • 1:00 – 3:00 — Introduction to making park/schoolyard maps. We will be using materials to take a look at the area around the car-pooling lot and discuss how the area would be mapped.

Reminder: Anyone interested in attending one or more of these workshops should contact Peter Goodwin at pgwolfe66 at gmail dot com. Indicate which workshop(s) you would like to attend.

edited 6 November 2017