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).
How Can You Help?
There are many ways you can help - one day at a time or making a commitment to help for a season.
Collection of controls- If you are an experienced orienteer you might help with picking up controls after an event. (A further run for the day) 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 at the meet.
Giving a hand to newcomers- Let the registrar or the ambassador (the greeter) know you are willing and able and don't be shy. If you see participants looking a bit lost - offer your help. We should all be doing this when we see the need.
Course Setting/Meet Directors- This can be very rewarding and will improve your orienteering as well. We offer certification courses once or twice a year for those who want to get started setting courses (more details below). You can also email our meet coordinator to indicate your interest.
Delivery of our equipment trailer - Do you have a trailer hitch on your car? Orienteering is a nomad sport moving home every week. 'Home' needs tents, tables, and much more. This all arrives each week in a small trailer. If you could help by delivering or returning the trailer, it would be most appreciated. The trailer can be stored at your home and returned the next week or stored at a member's home that is quite central in Ottawa.
Journalism- Write an article for the club web-based newsletter on your orienteering experiences. Maybe you have travelled and orienteered in interesting terrain. Submit it to our webmaster in your language of choice.
Event set-up/take-down Our meets are held in a different location each week. We have to build our facility - tents, tables, computer setup, banners - the works. And later they all have to be stored away again. Coming early or staying late, extra hands are always welcome.
Coaching – Coaching with our various training programmes can be rewarding and fun. Our Coaching Certification coach will announce Community Coach Workshops which provide formal training and certification (more details below). Let our certification coach know if you might be interested.
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.
Being a meet director can be very rewarding and will improve your orienteering skill as well. We have certification courses - just email us to indicate your interest.
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.
The O300 course will teach you how to organize, set course for and control Canada Cup events including the Canadian Championships.
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