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Our Next Few Events

Thu 3rd Dec   BAOC Event   Annual General Meeting
Sat 16th Jan   Inter Corps Nights Championships   Twelsedown, Long Valley   EVENT MOVED FROM 28 NOV
Wed 20th Jan   Inter Corps Championships Day Event   Long Valley North   EVENT MOVED FROM WED 2 DEC
Wed 10th Feb   MLS   Ash South

Take Note

The BAOC Zoom AGM  occurs at 7.30 pm on Thu 3 Dec. 

Log on details have been emailed to registered Members. If not received, contact BAOC Secretary.

All Members are encouraged to attend what is intended to be a short (<1 hr) meeting to assist the appropriate management of the club.

The Agenda:

Chairman’s, Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Reports

Election of Officers:  Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer    

The current Chairman (Chris Huthwaite) and Secretary (Charles Bromley Gardner) are prepared to stand again.

John Leddy is being proposed to take over as Treasurer.

Election of Management Committee:  Fixtures Secretary,  Membership Secretary & Team Manager



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Army HQ have decided not to permit the resumption of Military League events in order to limit 'non-essential' travel, in line with DASCB advice to continue the suspension of Army Representative Sport until 11 Jan 21 at the earliest. The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) is disappointed with this decision, as it diverges from British Orienteering policy agreed with DCMS, but obviously concurs.

The AOA is pushing strongly for the Inter Corps Championships (Sat 16 & Wed 20 Jan 21) to continue.  But the next MLS event is currently now in conjunction with the REME Champs on Hankley Common on Wed 13 Jan.

Civilian events do re-start from today. Notably the BAOC Urban, followed by Wessex Night League, events in Winchester on...



MOD policy in order to protect the force requires the Army Orienteering Association to limit participation, be it as an official or competitor, in Military Orienteering events to a maximum of 30 non-entitled civilians, subject to any tighter regional regulations. We are now clear that this applies to AOA events on whatever land, and all events on MOD land, until further notice, which is likely to be at least months away.  The timing of this restriction meant that 175 entrants to the MLS (Military League South) event on Drayton Down on 7 October were denied their run.  Their entry fees are being held as a credit within...


The ASPT and the AOA have agreed to resume their Orienteering Skills courses in Jan 2021.

The basic skills course has temporarily been replaced by an Introductory Orienteering Skills course. This will comprise of 4 two hour online sessions on the Mon and Tue, followed by a practical consolidation day at the MLS event location. A three day top up will be offered to students later in the year to complete the full course content. Applications via the ASPT

The intermediate skills course will run in the AOA Centre of  Excellence at Longmoor Camp, almost as usual. No food or accommodation will be available to students. Applications via the Coaching Officer.

Both courses...


1.    It will be obvious to all that the Lockdown in England from 5 Nov to 2 Dec agreed by the Government on Wednesday translates into no Army Orienteering events for at least that period. Subject to COVID restrictions, and Army HQ approval, the AOA plans are as follows:

a.    The Military League South (MLS) hopes to re-start on Wed 9 Dec, with an event on Ash South; entries for it will only open when we have high confidence that it will take place.  A counting league event is also proposed for Wed 16 Dec at Mytchett. 

b.    The 2020 Inter Corps Championships at Tweseldown and Long Valley (North) are being postponed until Sat 16 Jan 21 (Night) and Wed 20 Jan 21 (Day),...