'Soldiers must not forget how to read maps ... Commander of the Field Army has said' according to The Daily Telegraph Defence Correspondent in an article on Saturday 5 December. "The big 'what if' is, if we lose that satellite, lose that geo-locating device, if we lose our communication system, how do we operate?" 'Other senior commanders are ...
The ASPT and the AOA have agreed to resume their Orienteering Skills courses in Mar 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The basic skills course has temporarily been replaced by an Introductory Orienteering Skills course.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 an event location on the Wed. A three day top up will be offered to students later in the year to complete the full course content. Applications via the ASPT
A plug for British Orienteering's new FREE online Event Safety Course - until 31 Dec 20, after which it will cost £10. This provides an overview of the safety requirements and issues in staging an orienteering event. It has a particular focus on risk management and the means of controlling risks at acceptable levels. Even if you are only involved in military events, why not expand your experience?
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.
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.
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.
The (current small) Committee has co-opted two additional officials to help manage club activities: Karen O'Hara-Styles has volunteered as Membership Secretary, whilst Rob Ashton agreed to be the Manager for BAOC teams in civilian relays e.g. JK, British Champs etc (let's hope that there will be some next year).
Due to the progress of the pandemic across the UK the ASPT and the AOA have decided that value of the course continuing is not worth the risks associated with putting it on.
We will aim to continue with the January courses. The inters course is filling up fast!
Apologies for the disappointment.
After due consideration and a review of the delivery of Army Orienteering as a component of Individual Military Training (IMT), the Army Orienteering Association (AOA) have decided that in order to protect the force and reputation of the Army and MOD, further compliance measures are required during this global pandemic.
Unfortunately, the impact of this decision will be felt mostly by our loyal civilian community who have recently help us provide top class orienteering for all, delivered by an exceptionally capable volunteer team.
The MLS will always aim to provide orienteering at the lowest possible cost to the individual/Unit, whilst also providing the service and standard we have all come to enjoy.
Applications are invited for the replacement of the Army Orienteering Association’s (AOA) coaching officer, who is retiring in May 21. This important part-time appointment coordinates and delivers coaching to soldiers and plays a pivotal role in developing orienteering as an ‘individual military skill’ in the British Army.
Sorry, The MLS can now only have 30 civilians at any event. Drayton event from 7 Oct now rescheduled for 21 Oct in place of Hogmoor, which will slip to Dec. Those civilians already entered will be given a credit of their entry fee for use in future events. If the 30 limit becomes long term then MLS will look at making refunds, less the transaction fee and a small admin fee, for those who do not want to stick with a credit.
We need to find some non-military areas to run open BAOC events on, independent of the MLS, so any suggestions welcome.
The Army has permitted military Orienteering to resume in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with effect from Fri 4 Sep 20. Orienteering in England had been permitted to resume from 1 Aug 20.
The Army Briefing Note (ABN) is copied to: http://www.baoc.info/sites/default/files/2020/09/07/20200904-ABN_105_202...
Hello fellow orienteers,
We're writing to let you know that you can now listen to over 30 episodes of our podcast, The Run In.
It's made with club orienteers in mind, and gives you a fun and chatty insight into the experiences of orienteers from the UK and beyond.
As a member of the GB team, Will brings his international experience, and as a journalist and commentator, Katherine gets to the heart of the guest's story.
Recent highlights include:
- Georgia Jones (OROX) on pitching orienteering to newcomers whilst setting up the University of Exeter club
The AOA's organising working group today confirmed that, in order to provide COVID-19 assurance, this year's Inter Corps Orienteering Championships would be split across two separate days:
Saturday 28 November: Night Event (Inter Corps & Army Individual) on Long Valley North, based on Tweseldown Racecourse. Military only.
Wednesday 2 December: Day Event (Inter Corps & Army Individual) also on Long Valley North, with only 30 civilian entries permitted as per the new norm for a Wednesday event.
There is now an Army Orienteering Group on Facebook, with the primary intent to gain more exposure within the Army sport community. Membership of the Private Group is open to all BAOC Members and military orienteers, but it will be Public so that any-one can find it and read on Facebook. However only Members can post.
BOF resources for COVID Safe Orienteering
The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) President, Col Ed Heal would like to congratulate WO2 Mark Robson for volunteering to replace Maj Andy Johnson as the AOA Secretary with effect 1 Sep 20.
The AOA is certain that the Army Orienteering community would also like to pass on their appreciation to WO2 Mark for his selfless commitment to Army Orienteering.
Notice to Corps Orienteering Team Captains – Inter Corps Orienteering Champs 2020:
The planning assumption for the AOA sponsored Inter Corps Orienteering Champs 2020 scheduled for Sat 28 Nov and Sun 29 Nov 20 is that should the event not be able to take place under business as usual arrangements with BAOC / BKO outputs and civilian participation, then every effort will be made to hold the competition as a ‘closed-event’ with participation by Service Personnel only iaw Army policy on Individual Military Training. Chairman Army Orienteering Association (AOA)
The AOA Roll of Honour on the Documents page has been updated. Some information has yet to be found - please could anyone who can assist from their map files, results or memory banks contact Richard Barrett on the email at the end of the document. It lists the known information on:
Inter Service Championships - Service & Individual Champions & Venues, 1978-2019
Inter Corps Championships - Men, Women, Men Short/Small Corps, U25/21 winners, Venues & Hosts, 1974-2019
A couple of new documents have been uploaded to "Documents - Army Orienteering Teams":
(1) A list of all those known to have represented the Army in the Inter Service Championships, from the first official event in 1978 through to this last season. Some (recent) official results have not been seen, so the list of team members are based on the civilian event results.