Youth Programs Overview

Our youth program offers a fun way for youth to get into the fun sport of orienteering. It engages both the body and the mind and has a game factor to it: search and find the controls on the map. As a result, it is very rewarding for youth for whom running as a goal in itself does not have as much appeal. 

This fall our program will be run a little differently as we are between staff members. Read on for how the program (events) was run last fall. Other years they have been 8 week instructional evenings.  Plans for spring will be posted in March/April 2023 

Fall 2022 Events

This fall we will not be offering our normal FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, and Adventure programs. 

Rather, we are offering a series of 5 Score-O format events catering to youth between 9 and 18 years old. The Score-O format requires the participants to visit as many controls as they can within 45 minutes. As the participant can choose the order in which they visit the controls, there is a lot of fun strategy involved. Helpful tips and general instructions will be provided by club coaches before you start.

To keep the event safe, we require that the youth is accompanied by an adult nearby. Each adult can shadow 1, 2 or 3 youth within a single running group.  These adults must be registered via our registration system. It is the responsibility of the adults to organize the group.

Each week will be at a different location in the west end. We will run on the following evenings at 6:30pm: 


Registration information

Youth registration is $75 and includes:

  • Five, one-hour score-o events
  • 2022 club membership (value $10)
  • Any one fall series event

If you require financial assistance, please contact Rorry Harding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


See our refund policy in our policy manual.

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Coming prepared

Please plan to bring the following with you to the program each week: 

  • Running shoes
  • Long pants
  • Clothing that can get dirty
  • Water bottle
  • Safety whistle
  • A good headlamp (it gets dark early in the fall - especially in the forest!)
  • A sense of adventure!

Weather and safety policies

Orienteering is a rain-or-shine sport. Only in the event of dangerous weather conditions (e.g. lightning, frostbite warning) will a program session be canceled, in which case we will send out an email no less than 2 hours prior to the start of the session.

We do not guarantee refunds for cancelled sessions. If we cancel more than one session in the season we will look at how we can compensate families for the missed sessions.

Ticks, poison ivy, and wild parsnip are common wildlife risks found in the Ottawa area. We will teach about basic safety precautions in the first week of the program. It’s also a good idea to read through our safety page (page de sécurité et éthique).

To see the club’s full weather policy as well as our program behaviour and safety policies check out our policy manual.


All official communication for this program will be done via email. We will be adding participants to an email list after they sign up. Please do not unsubscribe from this list as you will no longer receive important notifications about the program.

You will receive an email confirmation when you register. You can also expect to receive emails 1.5-2 weeks prior to the start of the program and also a few days before your first session with pre-season program information and details.

Note that program emails are sent from a mail list server and some email systems will sort our emails into junk or spam boxes. Please check for our emails there if you do not get them when you expect to.

For urgent inquiries during program hours, we recommend contacting an on-site coach. That way, issues can be sorted out faster. Numbers will be provided.