Beginner's Home Page

As a new orienteer you probably have many questions. The information on this page and in the Beginner's FAQ will answer a lot of your questions and help you to be better prepared for your first outing.

Orienteering can be approached in many ways. Most beginners will start out by walking on one of the easier courses - White or Yellow.

After you've been at the sport for a while, you may want to become more competitive. Once at this level you will most likely exchange your hiking shoes for something lighter and faster. You will also probably adopt clothing that is better suited for running.

Registration for DVOA events is from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Unlike many other races, in orienteering the start times are staggered. After you register go to the start table where you will be given a map and assigned a start time - usually within just a few minutes. The last start time is 1:00 pm. The courses close and controls are picked up at 3:30 pm during EST, and 4:00 pm during EDT.

Fees to participate in a local event:
Member: $7
Non-members (not member of any USA orienteering club): $12
Junior (under 21): $7
Additional map for multiple people in same group: $2/map.
Map for second course on same day: same as first course
Note: No charge to borrow e-punch stick or compass. Require deposit of keys for loan of either item.

Other Items for purchase:
E-punch stick: $40
Whistle: $1
Patch: $2

Courses are pre-printed on the map, and typically include White, Yellow, Orange, Green, and Red. Occasionally there will be a Brown and/or a Blue course available. A String-O course for young children is sometimes available. Please check with the event director prior to the day of the event to check if a String-O course will be offered.

So, check out the FAQ, then pick a date from the schedule. Once you try orienteering, you'll be hooked.

If you have questions that are not answered by the FAQ, please feel free to call the DVOA hotline 610-792-0502 for additional information. (Also, if you let the Webmaster know of any questions, they'll be added so that future beginner's can benefit - thanks!).