The weekend started with check-in and camp set up at the Doe Lake Camp Ground in the Ocala National Forrest. The training began bright and early on Saturday, with each of the schools set to follow the training courses in round robin fashion. The training courses consisted of, The guided map tour, line-o, draw your own map-o, memory-o and the compass and pace courses at the camp ground. The 1st challenge was getting the cadets to the training area, which was 15 miles from the camp. Most schools were dropped off by bus and had no local transportation.
The training courses were designed by Bob Putnam. Bob marked the courses and made instructional hand outs for both students and course instructors. The markers were then placed by THS cadets, who then briefed/led each school on how to negotiate each course. There were mixed reviews as some cadets found the courses very easy while others thought they were very challenging. Consequently, some schools were not able to complete all of the training courses. On Saturday evening there was a class on survival navigation and a night compass course. By this time I think everyone was ready to hit the rack.
Sunday morning began with a 0500 reveille. After a hearty breakfast, transportation to the competition site at Billies Bay started at 0730. The cadets competed fiercely, but in the end it was Nease High School that took away the 1st place overall.
This was our 1st year holding this camp and I believe the learning curve was very steep, not only for the participants but for the host. The manpower and support to pull this off was immense and could not of been done without the help of all the volunteers. First of all, thanks to Florida Orienteering. Bob Putnam designed all of the training courses and Jonathan Linforth printed all of the maps. Then, Bob, Jonathan and Ray all took time out of their Saturday to come and make sure everything was working okay. This camp would have truly been impossible without the help of my parent volunteers. They were cooks, choufers, chaperones, drill instructors and just about anything else they needed to be, to make this all work. Their day started at 0400 and didn't end until 2300 after everyone had gone to bed. My heartfelt appreciation goes to my parent volunteers, Joe and Kim Bent, Kevin Taylor, Mick Jimenez, Liz Misa, and Darlene Mullens. Finally, thank you to the THS NJROTC Orienteering Team, who not only helped in every aspect but tried to sneak in some training as well. O-Team Cdr Jataya Taylor, Ast Team Cdr Kevin Jimenez,
1st Sgt Henson
|Overbee / Hunt||121:33|
|Crawford / Weimer||151:50|
|Manning / Young||DNF|
|Switzer / Callis||DNF|
|Henkes / Wegel||150:29|
|Lee / Liller||DNF|
|DNF||Did Not Finish|
|DQ||Disqualified (Missed Controls)|
|OT||Over 3 Hour Time Limit|