22nd Annual Score-O Competition, October 20, 2018 at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch
Every participant now gets 2 color maps: 1 for the competition and 1 to keep as a souvenir.
All Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, and adults are invited to participate! You can race for competition or just for Fun! Webelos/AOL Dens may attend with a Troop. Score-O is one of our most popular events. [NOTE: Cub Scouts should attend CUB-O Jan. 6.] 2018 map offers Scout and Venturing level competition with challenges for both beginners and advanced runners.
THE EVENT For 20 years the Longhorn Council’s largest Scout event and one of the most popular orienteering events held in the USA. Orienteering is an international sport that consists of finding control markers in the field from locations marked on a map. This year’s competition will start in the main camp area by the dining hall.
Each team gets a 5-color map for each participant 20 minutes before the race starts. There are 75-80 flags/markers shown on the map and you must find all you can in 3.5 hours. Some are easy to find & some are hard. Each flag is worth 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 points, depending on how hard it is to find.
Plan your strategy to find the most flags and maximize your score!! The Orange & White markers in the field are identified with a number to let you know if you have found the control flag. To prove you found the marker you punch the score card with a pin punch that is attached to each marker. Each pin punch has a different pattern.
Orienteering is a team event, so be sure to register by teams of 4-6 Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, Webelos, or Adults. At least TWO registered adults must accompany each Webelos team. Your team needs a compass and a watch or stopwatch so you’ll finish on time.
Participants should bring full canteens or water bottles, and cups for drinking water at water stops. In order to help control litter, no cups are provided at the water stops. The sections of camp we use for orienteering have some areas of thick vegetation and can be very rocky. Wear long pants and good trail shoes or boots.
ADULT REGISTRATION. All adults must register for Score-O, whether or not they participate in the competition.
MEALS. Bring your own food for meals or buy Meal Tickets. Limited to the first 200. Pre-registration is required!
T-SHIRTS. SCORE-O shirts may be pre-ordered for $12.00. A limited number will be sold at the trading post.
CAMPING. Scouts, Venturers, Webelos, Explorers and adults may camp. Webelos & AOL may camp with a Scout troop. Cub Scouts should attend Cub-O on January 5, 2018. Check the Council website for current fire ban information.
TRAINING. 30 minute clinics Sat. morning at Dining Hall.
Beginner Orienteering Clinics: 9-9:30, 10-10:30, & 11-11:30.
Intermediate Orienteering Clinics: 9:30-10:00 & 10:30-11:00.
HAUNTING. Participating Scout Troops and Venturing Crews are invited to bring costumes and help scare Cub Scouts at the Cub Haunted Hayrides on Saturday Night. Make a haunting reservation at SCORE-O check-in and report to Buchanan Springs camporee grounds by 7 p.m..
Extra HAUNTED HAYRIDES. Webelos & AOL and parents attending Score-O can sign up for a Haunted Hayride in the evening after Score-O. Click here for SR2 Extra Hayride info PDF. Webelos & AOL can click here to Register for an Extra Haunted Hayride.
Click here for the Score-O page.
8:30 –11:00 a.m. Check in at Dining Hall. Turn in complete Roster
9:00 –11:30 a.m. Training (every 30 mins.)
10:00 a.m. Trading Post Opens
11:00 a.m. Registration ends.
All participants must check-in by 11 a.m.
11–12:15 PM Lunch.
12:15 PM Competitors gather on Parade Ground
12:40 PM Maps handed out
12:50 PM ROADS CLOSED!
1:00 PM Competition START
3:30-5:00 PM Finish line volunteers needed
4:00-6:00 PM Map Scoring volunteers needed
4:30 PM Competition ENDS
5:00 PM ROADS OPEN when all participants are checked in – drive slow!