Women in the Woods
Women's Orienteering Workshop, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 am to Noon
Orienteering Skills Workshop for female participants only.


    Would you like to be more comfortable in the outdoors and improve your wilderness navigation skills?    Orienteering Cincinnati (OCIN) and REI partner to present instruction and activity in orienteering. This 3 hour program includes compass, map reading, distance estimation techniques and many other skills needed to successfully find your way in the woods. Participants will put what they’ve learned to work on several courses in a safe and controlled environment. The program is suitable for all ages, though youth under the age of 13 should be accompanied by a registered adult.

    Instruction and activities will be outdoors, dress accordingly. Hiking boots or trail running shoes preferred. Come prepared to play in the woods! Program will run rain or shine.

    Class size is limited to 25 women (and girls), online pre-registration is required.

    Time - 9 am to Noon.

    Location - Camp Butterworth Girl Scout Camp, 8851 Butterworth Rd, Maineville, OH, 45039. Google maps link   Camp Butterworth is located at 8551 Butterworth Rd, Maineville, OH 45039.  Directions: Take I-71 to Exit 24.  Go east on Western Row Rd (several sharp turns).  In 1.3 miles, turn left on Socialville-Foster Rd.  In 1 mile, turn left on Old 3C Highway.  In 0.1 mile, turn right to stay on Old 3C.  In another 0.1 mile, turn right again on Foster-Maineville Rd.  In 0.3 mile, turn right on Butterworth Rd.  The camp entrance is about 0.5 mile on the right.  From the main parking lot, walk past the pool (look for "orienteering" signs) to the Berry Patch Shelter.

    Cost - Adults: $50 for non-OCIN members, $30 for OCIN or OUSA members, Youth $20 for non-members, $10 for members.   Free for Girl Scout leaders. Girl scout leaders should pre-register online, but from the checkout page, do not click the PayPal link to pay.  Contact the Registrar and your entry will be manually confirmed.

    Maps, compasses, and SportIdent timing chips will be provided, but you may bring your own compass if you prefer.

    Instructors will include adventure racing and orienteering experts Stephanie Ross and Tracy Burge.

Stephanie Ross  Stephanie is a Kentucky native who rediscovered the outdoors in her 30s, when she was first introduced to adventure racing, a team sport that involves trekking, mountain biking, and paddling from point to point with a map and compass.  She discovered orienteering as a way to get her hands on the map, and has been the navigator for her two-woman team, All-Terrain Females, ever since.  In 2003, she founded Flying Squirrel Adventures, a company that promoted adventure tourism by partnering with Kentucky State Parks and local tourism boards to host adventure races around the state of Kentucky, before passing the torch in 2015.  She has a passion for exploring outdoor places and introducing others to orienteering and adventure racing.  She and her husband Ben are active volunteers with Orienteering Cincinnati, directing both local and national meets, and teaching orienteering to anyone who will listen.

Tracy Burge  Tracy’s's love of nature and her knack for teaching combine perfectly in her profession as an environmental science teacher.  When she isn't teaching, Tracy is tending her farm, building a wooden kayak from scratch, rescuing cats, touring the world on her bike, running the Boston marathon, competing in a 2,700-mile bicycle race, or tackling a multi-day expedition adventure race.  Locally, she is a trail segment adopter with Friends of Little Miami State Park and a member of Orienteering Cincinnati.  She is often seen at local orienteering meets leading a group of enthusiastic friends around a map and compass course.

    Refund policy: full refund for cancellation of registration on or before April 28; no refunds for cancellation on or after April 29.

    Questions? - Please contact the Registrar

Brought to you by Orienteering Cincinnati (OCIN), a non-profit organization providing outdoor activities to the Greater Cincinnati Area