Orienteer Perth KIDS
** Due to the to the rainfall warning in effect and the already very wet conditions at Conlon Farm Recreation Complex we are delaying the program by 1 week. There will be no program taking place on May 6th. Instead the program will run one week later in June (until June 17th). **
You can register until end of day Friday May 16th.
Orienteer Perth KIDS is our action-packed junior program that we're running in Perth under the new Orienteer Perth banner. We have 5 years of experience running programs for kids in Ottawa and like all our programs, we've got loads of fun and exciting running and navigation activities planned. The program takes place at the Conlon Farm Recreation Complex on Smith Dr - a great location to run around and explore both cultivated and wilder areas.
The spring season will begin Saturday, May 6th and run for 6 weeks until Saturday, June 10th. Each session runs for one hour from 10:30 to 11:30. Saturday May 20th is a club Family Day at Pinhey's Point Historic site in Dunrobin instead of the regular session at Conlon Farm Rec Complex.
What do I need to bring?
- Running shoes
- Trail running shoes with a good tread are ideal. Please do not come in rubber boots. You will slip all over the place and there is a good chance you will get water over the top of them which then fills up the boot and doesn't drain).
- Long running pants
- We recommend your child wear some sort of full-length athletic pants because we will be running in long grass and in the woods which like to scratch at bare legs.
- Clothes that can get dirty
- Remember to dress ready to run in clothes that are appropriate for the weather. It is likely to vary greatly throughout the season so check the forecast before you leave. We guarantee that you will get to enjoy the mud at least once!
- Water bottle
- There will be a spot you can leave water bottle for the hour so you won't need to carry it with you.
- A basic precaution for all Orienteering Ottawa events and programs.
- Headlamp (fall only)
- Your headlamp should be at least 40 lumens.
- A sense of adventure!
- Do we really need to explain this one?
This is a rain or shine program! Only in the event of dangerous conditions arising due to an electrical storm or other extreme weather will practice be canceled.
If we have to cancel a session at the last minute we will contact everyone by e-mail using the information provided with registration. We will contact you by 9:00 am on the day of so if the weather is questionable check your e-mail before leaving home.
Times and Location
We will meet at the designated location for a 10:30 start each Tuesday. Please be there promptly as we regularly move away from the start location for our evening's activities and it may be difficult to find us if you are late. Sessions end at 11:30.
Conlon Farm Recreation Complex
We will meet by the main building at the Conlon Farm Recreation Complex. Look for the large Orienteering Ottawa banner
Club Family Day at Pinhey's Point Historic Site
On May 20th we are participating in Orienteering Ottawa's Family Day at Pinhey's Point Historic Site in Dunrobin, west of Ottawa instead of our normal session at Conlon Farm.
One complementary family pass is included for this event.
Check out the event page at OttawaOC.ca for details about the event.
$80.00 per child.
- 5 1 hour program sessions
- 2017 Orienteering Ottawa membership ($10 value)
- Family pass entry to Pinhey's Point Family Day event on May 20
Additional note: All participants will need to fill in and submit an insurance waiver at their first practice.
We are always looking for help coordinating the kids during practice. If you are interested in volunteering and enjoy running (or even if you don't), please join us! You will be able to let us know your volunteer preferences when you register for the program.
We have three roles that we are looking for help with:
- Group coach
- Group coaches are responsible for delivering the material provided in the lesson plan by the program coordinator and works with the group assistants to lead a group of 10-15 kids.
- Group assistant
- Group assistants work with the group coach to make sure everyone in the group is present at all times, marshal kids where needed and keep the program running smoothly. We like to have two group assistants with each group of 10 to 15 kids.
- On site assistant
- On site assistants are responsible for making sure everyone gets checked in and out, keep an eye on equipment at the meeting point and point people in the right direction if they are running a little late.
If you don't feel prepared to help out, but still want to get involved, consider joining our Basics and Beyond program for parents and others new to orienteering. In 8 weeks you'll be brought up to speed while your kids enjoy their own fun-filled program.
Note: All parent volunteers will be asked to fill out a screening disclosure form prior to working with the kids in the program. We will provide this to you prior to the start of the program.