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 We will resume in person orienteering events using the OUSA Social Distancing Guidelines outlined in their draft guidance.
  2. As we continue to add events to the schedule, we are taking a cautious and deliberate approach as state openings in the four states that we service ebb and flow with the current COVID situation. Our foremost consideration is for the safety of our members and guests. 
  3. Pre-registration will be required for these events. Links to online registration will be posted in the schedule for each event. Fees will be payed online and waivers signed during registration to limit person to person contact.
  4. When possible, "Streamer Orienteering" using some of the weekend's event courses will be available for two weeks following the event. Pre-registration required and fee charged to cover map access.  These couses are all pending park approval. See the complete schedule for these "Virtual Events".
  5. Summer meeting will be virtual with newsletter distributed to members.
  6. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be having our Summer picnic.
  7. 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.  
  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 27, 2020    Quail Hill Scout Camp    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Ava Suhocki  
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Notes:

We will just run a regular event this year due to the pandemic. Masks are required, preregistration as well.

Click here to pre-register
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.

ED/CS Notes:

After months of quarantine, come out and enjoy the woods at Quail Hill. Rather than our annual Scout Championship, we will be hosting a simpler, more relaxed version at this event. To keep everyone safe, we will be practicing careful commonsense standards and utilizing online pre-registration. Enjoy a safe and inviting day of orienteering in the healthiest in the country, the great outdoors. 

click here for online pre-registration

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.00km 63.0m 14
Yellow 3.10km 75.0m 13
Orange 4.10km 88.0m 13
Brown 3.80km 105.0m 11
Green 5.00km 113.0m 16
Red 7.30km 144.0m 23

Sun Oct 04, 2020    Hibernia 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: 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.

ED/CS Notes:
Come on out and enjoy a classic DVOA map at Hibernia County Park.   After months of quarantine we are very happy to see you in the woods. Pre-registration required.


Start windows:
9:30am - 10:30am is reserved for competitors who feel that they are at higher risk.
10:30am - 1:30pm for people who feel they are at average or lower risk.
Courses close at 3:30pm.

Note that there will be no water on the course, so cary your own water!

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.10km 0.0m 0
Yellow 2.90km 0.0m 0
Orange 4.00km 0.0m 0
Brown 3.20km 0.0m 0
Green 5.30km 0.0m 0
Red 6.80km 0.0m 0

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: Ava Suhocki  
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

Sat Nov 28, 2020    Green Lane Nature Center    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Steve Aronson
Directions: West of Rt 29 between Green Lane and Red Hill. Look for O signs at the intersection by Marlboro Elementary School.
Sun Nov 29, 2020    Green Lane Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Steve Aronson
Directions: From Rt 422 take Rt 29 north. About 3.5 miles after the junction with Rt 73 look for a left turn onto Deep Creek Road and follow that and O signs to the park. From the North on Rt 29, look for O signs to the right as you approach the town of Green Lane..
Sun Dec 06, 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: Trying to get permission now from the Park
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 Mar 14, 2021    Batsto    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
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 Apr 10, 2021    Lower Perkiomen / J.J. Audubon    W  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-310.4675
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: Introduction to Orienteering Class to begin at 10 am. After 30 minutes of introductions, you get to go on a beginner course. Watch for the event registration signup.
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.
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:


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.