The USOF Little Troll Program is designed to give parents a method of teaching their children to orienteer. All children participating in the program must be accompanied by a parent while orienteering on a String-O or White course held as part of a USOF-member-club regular event.
This program is available to all children attending USOF member club orienteering meets, whether they are USOF members, club members, or visitors.
Each child participating in a qualifying event can earn a maximum of 1 sticker per participation day to put on his/her Little Troll card. At the time the sticker is issued, a club meet official should sign and date the child's card above the sticker. If the child participates in more than one course on a given day, he/she cannot earn extra stickers.
Each child can hold only one Little Troll card at a time.
Although the child can start at any level, all levels must be taken in order:
Little Troll (yellow), Chipmunk (orange), Rabbit (green), Roadrunner (red).
If a child starts at Chipmunk (orange) level, he/she cannot go back later and get Little Troll (yellow). If he/she starts at the Roadrunner (red) level, he/she cannot go back and get any other levels.
The Little Troll (yellow) and Chipmunk (orange) levels can be done on either the String-O or White Courses. Rabbit and Roadrunner stickers can only be earned by a child accompanied by a parent on the White Course.
Once a child's card has stickers for each designated sticker circle (i.e., the card is full), the child's parent can mail the card, plus a $1 fee, to:
USOF, Little Troll Program
PO Box 7
Blooming Grove, NY 10914.
The child will receive an award patch from USOF for completing the card.
A child can be kept at a given level thru multiple cards. This should be done when the parent decides the child has not yet mastered the skills of that level. Therefore, a given child can receive multiple award patches at a given level.
A child should only be moved to the next level when the parent is satisfied he/she is ready to orienteer at the next skill level. Directions for each skill level are listed below, and are on the back of the cards.
Little TrollParticipate in the String-O course, or accompany adult on the White course. The string course consists of a short circuit only a few hundred meters long. The child (and accompanying adult) follows a string for the entire length, visiting controls along the way. Instructions:
ChipmonkThe Chipmunk Level is designated for participants on the White course who need a lot of adult assistance.
RabbitThe Rabbit Level is designed for participants on the White course who need some adult assistance.
RoadrunnerThe Roadrunner Level is designated for participants who are able to do a White course unassisted (an adult should follow along for safety purposes).
USOF - Orienteering for the Young [external link]