DVOA Event Schedule

A Message to our Membership and Orienteering Friends:

Due to the COVID-19 virus, DVOA suspended all scheduled events starting in Spring 2020. We are resuming orienteering activities as public health and park officials relax restrictions on group activities. 

Following the board discussions in June, we have voted upon and approved the following:

  1. We will resume in person orienteering with a Classic Orienteering event at French Creek State Park on or around Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 using the OUSA Social Distancing Guidelines outlined in their draft guidance. Pre-registration required. Fee charged online and waiver accomplished during registration to limit person to person contact.
  2. Streamer Orienteering using some of the French Creek Courses for two weeks following the event. Pre-registration required and fee charged to cover map access. This opportunity is pending park approval.
  3. Rogaine at Hickory Run using Social Distancing protocols in late August. Details will be on our schedule page.
  4. Classic Orienteering event at Warwick County Park on September. Summer meeting to follow.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions picnic will be limited to BYO-lunch. Pre-registration required. Fee charged online and waiver accomplished during registration to limit person to person contact.
  5. Streamer Orienteering using some of the Warwick Courses for two weeks following the event.  Pre-registration required and fee charged to cover map access.  This opportunity is pending park approval.
  6. We have cancelled this year's Hickory Run Training Event and have moved the Rodney Scout Reservation/Iron Hill/Bellvue A-Event to November 2021 and the Big Woods event to Spring 2022. We have also cancelled the Mid-Atlantic Championships this year and have informed the other clubs that DVOA will host in 2021.  
  7. We continue to work with the fall schedule, but are taking a cautious and deliberate approach as state openings in the four states that we service ebb and flow with the current cases.  Our foremost consideration is for the safety of our members. 
  8. Because of the impact of and the variations in the state restrictions and the understanding that returning to events is very much an individual decision, the Board has voted to suspend our points system for the 2020 competition year.  We will resume our points system in January 2021

Please check the schedule below for returning events, and bear with us as we rebuild a more complete schedule, and adjust to evolving guidelines. In the meantime, we encourage members to still get outdoors – it will be therapeutic. Train on your own, re-run old courses, do course planning field work. As a reminder, we have numerous permanent courses with maps available on the DVOA website: > Our Permanent Courses
Be sure to check that the park is open before heading out (a few are currently closed).

The Board will continue to meet in the coming months to keep abreast of state opening opportunities and to continue to build a schedule that allows us to get back into the woods while taking the safest approach to protect the health and safety of our members and participants.  Stay tuned to the schedule page to see our opportunities as they develop.  We appreciate everyone's patience as events are adjusted and rescheduled to abide by local and state guidance.  Take care of yourselves and your loved ones and we hope to see everyone soon.

Stay healthy!
DVOA Board of Directors

 
Sun Sep 06, 2020    Warwick County Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Diane Reider  
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Directions: Follow PA Rt23 to Knauertown and watch for O'-signs
Sat Sep 19, 2020    Lower Perkiomen / J.J. Audubon    W  Instruct  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-310.4675
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: Montgomery County had cancelled in March all public programs.
Directions: From King of Prussia follow US 422 west to Oaks Exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn right at the light then make another right at the next light. Follow O-signs to parking. From Pottstown follow US 422 east to the Oaks Exit. Stay right at end of ramp and yield on to Egypt Road. Go under 422 and make a right at the 2nd light (before crossing bridge). Follow O-signs to parking.
Sun Sep 20, 2020    Springton Manor    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Ron Barron
Directions: From the North take Rt 82 south to Rt 282. Follow 282 south and look for O signs at the junction with Springton Road. From the south take Rt 282 north from Downingtown to the intersection with Springton Road and follow the O signs.
Sun Sep 27, 2020    Quail Hill Scout Camp    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Notes: NJ Scout Championships
Directions: From N & W: NJ Turnpike Exit 8 to Rt 33 East for 5 mi. Rt 527Alt North/Iron Ore Rd. From E: Garden St Pkwy Exit 100A to Rt 33 W for 16 mi. to Rt 527Alt/Iron Ore Rd. Then North 1/4 mile on 527Alt to Quail Hill sign, turn right onto Le Valley Rd into camp.
Sun Oct 04, 2020    Hibernia County Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Steve Ohrwaschel  
Course Setter: Nathan Ohrwaschel
Directions: From US Rt. 30 Bypass north of Coatesville, take PA Rt. 82 north. Watch for left turn at top of hill. Follow O'-signs.
Sun Oct 11, 2020    Hickory Run State Park    W  Y  O  Special 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Lena Kushleyeva  
Course Setter: Sandy Fillebrown
Notes: Susquehanna Stumble XXII. Mass start at noon.
Directions: Take Northeast Extension of PA Turnpike to I-80 exit. Turn right at light onto PA Rt. 940 and follow west for 3 miles. Go south on PA Rt. 534 and follow O'-signs.
Sat Oct 17, 2020    Myrick Center (BVA)    W  O  G  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-310.4675
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: Start at Dusk.....
Directions: From Rt. 202 take Paoli Pike exit west to West Chester, left onto High St. then three blocks to a right on W. Miner St. W. Miner St. becomes Rt. 842. Follow Rt. 842 west for about 6 miles to Brandywine Valley Association Myrick Center.
Sat Oct 31, 2020    Tyler State Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-310.4675
Course Setter: Lena Kushleyeva
Notes: Area 4 Naval JROTC Championships & Cadet Challenge
Directions: North on I 95 to the intersection with I 295. Follow I 295 East and exit at exit 8 and go west on PA 332. Go straight 4.7 miles, and in that stretch 332 becomes Route 413. Where Rt 413 makes a sharp right turn, you will instead be turning left at that light into the main Park entrance. Watch for O-signs. Parking and registration will be in the Upper Plantation Picnic Grove.
Sun Nov 01, 2020    French Creek Shed Road    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter:
Directions: Route 345 South from Birdsboro, or North from Rt 23, Look for O signs.
Sun Nov 15, 2020    Governor Dick    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Samuel Kolins
Directions: From the PA Turnpike, go South from the Lebanon-Lancaster exit of PA TPK on route 72. Turn West on Cider Press Road then North on Pinch Road. (From Rt 30 in Lancaster go North on Rt 72 through Manheim and another 3+/- miles to Pinch Road.) Follow Pinch Road to the event site. Look for entrance shortly after crossing over the Turnpike.

ED/CS Notes:

This event was re-scheduled from March so hopefully will be able to be held in November.

While archery hunting is allowed in PA on Sunday Nov 15 this year, no hunting is allowed at any time at Gov. Dick.  Still, not a bad idea to wear some orange in case of illegal archers.

There will be a Free Introduction to Orienteering Class at 11AM (after the class you can try out a course!)

The White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, and Green courses all stay on the northern part of the map, which is flatter, less rocky, and more open.   

The GreenY, Red, and Blue courses go on the southern part of the map, which provides some of the club’s more technically and physically challenging terrain (one of my favorite and most frustrating areas for working on my skills).

The Special Course is a Yes-or-No-O, where for each control you must decide if the flag was placed in the correct spot or not.

Starts any time from 10AM to 1PM  (Yes-or-No-O starts until 2PM).  Control pickup will begin at 3PM.


Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.20km 75.0m 10
Yellow 2.50km 110.0m 12
Orange 4.20km 155.0m 12
Brown 4.10km 120.0m 10
Green 5.50km 160.0m 12
Green-Y 5.20km 235.0m 15
Red 6.70km 265.0m 19
Blue 8.50km 333.0m 24
Special 1.20km 55.0m 13

Sun Nov 22, 2020    Rutgers Ecological Preserve    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Notes: Park in Lot No. 111
Directions: From S on US 1, or exit 9 on the NJTPK , take NJ-18 N to Davidson Road/Metlar's Lane, right on Ave E look for O signs. From N on 287 take Centennial Ave to Hoes Lane, exit at Davidson/Avenue E campus exit, bear left Over Rt-18 and follow O signs.
Sun Dec 06, 2020    Batsto    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Bob Burg  
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Directions: From US30 East (White Horse Pike) in Hammonton take SR-542 (Pleasant Mills Rd.) toward Batsto, follow SR-542 north-east for about 7mi and watch for O'-signs.
Sun Mar 21, 2021    Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter:
Sat May 01, 2021    French Creek State Park Central    W  Y  O  Br  Score-O  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter:
Notes: MASOC 32
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.

ED/CS Notes:

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the MidAtlantic Scout Orienteering Championships has been canceled for May 2, 2020.

Please download the information below for important information.

Sun May 02, 2021    French Creek State Park Central    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter:
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.
Sat Sep 18, 2021    Harmony Hill    W  Instruct  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-310.4675
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: Beginner program starting at 10 AM
Directions: 1200 Skelp Level Road, Downingtown PA, 19335. Entrace is discreet- marked by a wooden post with 1200 and a narrow driveway.