Orienteering Canada Newsletter May 2022, Vol 50
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May 2022, Volume 50


Welcome to the Orienteering Canada newsletter. Submissions for the next newsletter are welcome. Please send them by the 15th of each month to We aim to get the newsletter out by the end of each month.

Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival: Regular registration rates end on May 31st

Register by May 31st for the 2022 Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival July 1st - 10th in Alberta and BC. Registration rates go up starting June 1st. The Western Canadians just west of Calgary, AB, two Barebones-style events in the Crowsnest Pass in SW Alberta, then the Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp and the Canadian Orienteering Championships in Kimberley and Cranbrook, BC. We are so excited for this event!

Event website:
Registration for CROF2022 is here. (and you can scroll down to the bottom of the registration page to see who has already signed up)
Sass Peepre Camp Registration is

There will be a casual outdoor Banquet at the COCs on Friday July 1st. We'll be having the annual Silent Auction to (with proceeds benefiting the Team Canada Program). Please consider donating an item to the auction. We'd be so grateful!

Supporting Team Canada Orienteering: Control Bounty Fundraiser until the end of May

May is the time for our 2nd annual Team Canada Control Bounty fundraiser. Team Canada athletes are tracking how the controls they get in trainings and races during the month. You can then help by making a pledge relating to the number of controls visited in the month and will be added to the spreadsheet and automatically updated. All the info is at: Control Bounty Fundraiser Site.

Use your imagination and come up with an awesome pledge. How creative can you get?  Here's an awesome pledge from Emma S: 

"$0.01 (one cent) per control x the number of letters in the word 'orienteering' that the athlete who visits that control has in their first name [so if Robyn (R, O, N = 3) goes to 100 controls that's 100*3*0.01 = $3, then sum all the athletes' totals] + 1 dollar each if Adam and Lukas, (the only athletes who have multipliers of 0), meet their goals. Total maximum $100."

Can you top that one? Go for it!

Inspiring the Next Generation of Team Canada Athletes

This is the story of thirteen-year-old Ethan who had done some orienteering at school (with a former national team member). He had done some orienteering with the club’s kids’ program and, once, he had even been to a city park Wednesday evening event with his family.

In May, EOOC was putting on selection races for the High Performance Program. Suddenly, everyone was encouraging Ethan to have a go at doing the sprints. He needed to learn some new skills such as using an SI Air and how to use his compass to keep his map oriented.

He got to be in a mass start with some of the best orienteers from across Canada in the knock-out sprint and came third in his heat.

In the semi finals he had never done butterfly loops before and went to the controls in the correct order but did not realize that he needed to punch the same control three times.

He completed the B final, having to navigate the last few controls on his own.

Afterwards, he was able to compare routes with some of the H.P.P. athletes.

Watch out, Canada, one day Ethan will be part of the High Performance Program!


Save the Dates: 2023 North American Orienteering Championships

After a two years of delays due to COVID, the organizers of the California Orienteering Festival have confirmed the dates for the event in 2023. The Festival runs from July 17-28th. The North American Championships are from July 21-24 and the World Rogaining Championships are July 29-20th.

We look forward to a large Canadian contingent at these events. Mark your calendars!

Orienteering Canada 2022 AGM - July 28th

We'll be having a virtual AGM this year on July 28, 2022. Details to come.

A new Orienteering Canada website is in the works!

We've been working hard on a new Orienteering Canada website. We've got a few more weeks of work to do. We are super excited to launch our new website soon. We can't wait for you to see it!

Donating to Orienteering Canada

Please consider donating to Orienteering Canada. Charitable tax receipts are provided. Donations may be for the general use of the organization or directed to a specific Orienteering Canada project or program. Here are a few ideas of projects and programs that you may wish to donate to (but not limited to...):
  • Junior Development > for instance, helping to finance the Sass Peepre Jr training camp and other programs to get kids more involved and loving orienteering.
  • High Performance > helping to develop our Team Canada Program.
  • Endowment Fund > if you want to help ensure the long term future of orienteering in Canada, this is the way to do it.
  • Awareness Projects > help us get the word out about this great sport, help us build our capacity to introduce newcomers to orienteering.

Contacting Orienteering Canada

Are you wondering who to email at Orienteering Canada with your questions, comments and ideas? Orienteering Canada's email directory is handy. You can also find this on Orienteering Canada's contact page.
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