Join the team. There are many ways you can help!
Orienteering Ottawa is a non-profit sports club managed and financed through the volunteer efforts of its members. It's thanks to the many club volunteers that we can all enjoy the fabulous events and programs on offer in the Ottawa area.
People volunteer for a variety of reasons. A need to give back to the community, the camaraderie involved, the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment in mapping or course setting, the desire to improve your orienteering skills by looking at the sport from the other side. Whatever your interest we are always welcoming new volunteers.
There are lots of ways to get involved. Some of these roles require a certain level of orienteering experience but many do not. Some require only limited time commitment (such as helping pick up controls at one or two events or assisting at a special event) while others require a more consistent donation of time and energy (such as serving on a committee, the board or being a member of a team such as Timing).
Along with these more specific postings, we are always interested in hearing from people who might like to help out in various ways:
- Collection of controls- If you are an experienced orienteer you might help with picking up controls after an event. If you are not so experienced you may also find this a learning experience to find a few controls while not being pressured in a race. Sometimes the controls can be collected the next day. That may be an option for you. Let the event director know your willingness.
- Giving a hand to newcomers- Let the registrar or the ambassador (the greeter) know you are willing and able.
- Timing- This takes a bit of instruction but if you let the results guy at the computer know of your interest, he can perhaps give you some instruction at a later meet.
- French translation - We would like to provide more of our club notices and documents in french and reach the french media. For major meets we like to produce the entry form in french as well.
We always welcome help with the above tasks and will provide any training or coaching needed.
Have you a particular skill set not mentioned above that you feel might be of help? Let us know.
General Clinic Information
These workshops were introduced in 2008 to provide formal training to new coaches in our sport. With the financial and administrative support of the CAC, Canadian orienteers developed the reference material and the process for the delivery of the workshop. It is based on the New Coach Certification Program (NCCP) model that virtually all other sports are following.
For more detailed information about the workshop and the NCCP visit the Coaching Page on the Orienteering Canada website.
Everyone with an interest in coaching and with intermediate-level skills is welcome to join the workshop. The official minimum age for training is 16 but younger coaches are welcome to participate.
More than 100 orienteers across Canada (Nova Scotia to the Yukon) have attended the Community Coach workshops in the last 5 years as we continue to grow our national coaching resources and move towards more advanced programs to be introduced this summer.
The O100 course will teach you how to run and set courses for score-O's, park events and informal training sessions.
The O200 course will teach you how to run and set courses for our Spring and Fall Sunday Morning Series.
Prerequisites for the O100 course are:
- to have participated in at least seven (7) orienteering events AND
- volunteered in any capacity at two or more events (registrar, setting out or collecting controls, running the SI system, or in any other capacity).
Prerequisites for the O200 course are (all of the following):
- to have acted as an official in at least one C-meet (our Summer Solstice or other informal events),
- participated in an Orienteering Canada B-meet (our Spring and Fall Sunday morning events)
- participated in a “Canada Cup” event (such as O-Fest) in your age class
- be qualified as an O100 official.
Prerequisites for the O300 course are (all of the following):
- Acted as an Event Director or Course Planner for a B event
- Participated in 2 Canada Cup events
- Served as a volunteer at 2 Canada Cup events in any capacity
- Be qualified as an O200 official