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2021 Programs

Registration for the regular schedule, Junior Programs, and Adult Programs is now open. Please see below for the registration link.


The Yukon Orienteering Association strives to offer programs for all ages and abilities.

Registration

Registration for the 2021 orienteering season is now open. Registration will only be available online. Please click here.

Because of the complexities involved in assigning junior and adult sessions with limited enrollment, the registration form will collect registration information only. You will be contacted later by the Registrar to finalize your, or your child's, registration. Registrations are time-stamped and will be processed on a first-come basis. We will maintain wait lists, and may open new sessions, depending on demand.

Live registration numbers can be seen here.


Junior Program

Registration for the junior programs is now closed.

We are pleased to continue offering junior programs this year. Due to the easing of Covid restrictions we are moving back to an in person instruction model with the possibility of including a Zoom session for the Yellow and Orange Squad levels. Parent/guardian participation will still be required for the Kids Running Wild and Yellow Squad groups (two sessions per enrolled child during the 7-week program) The parent need not have orienteering experience but must be comfortable going into the forest with their junior. There will be some instruction and exercises available for novice accompanying parents (see Community Coaching Clinic information). Both the junior, and any adult accompanying them, must be a member of the YOA ($5).

Three age groups will be offered. When choosing a group for your child, value skill over age. If at any point the exercises are too easy or too hard, we will try to move your child to a different group.

Kids Running Wild (KRW)

Ages 7-9, designed for participants with some or no orienteering experience. The goals of this group are to get comfortable in the forest and to learn the basic skills of orienteering so that individuals can complete a beginner course with some help from an adult.

Yellow Squad

Ages 10-13, designed for participants with some or no orienteering experience. The goals of this group are to learn the basic skills of orienteering so that individuals can complete a beginner course confidently by themselves and an intermediate course with some help.

Orange Squad

Ages 13-15, designed for those with previous orienteering experience. The focus of this group is on training and practicing to improve. There is a large emphasis on learning new orienteering skills to be able to complete an intermediate or advanced course confidently by themselves.

Important Note

The above groups have a limit of 12 participants per session (see schedule below). If your desired session fills up, you will be put on a waiting list. Subject to the availability of additional coaches, we may be able to add more sessions on Mondays and/or Tuesdays.

Junior Coach

Your coach/coordinator is Emma Waddington, a lifelong orienteer and a current member of the Canadian National Orienteering team. Emma will be assisted by experienced local orienteers. If you have questions about the junior programs, please e-mail juniorcoach(at)yukonorienteering(dot)ca.

Time Frame

Weekly, beginning the week of May 3rd and running until the week of June 14th. Sessions for KRW and Yellow Squad are available on either Monday or Tuesday. The Oriange Squad session is only available on Tuesdays.

All sessions are from 5:30-6:30pm at various locations within Whitehorse.

Cost

The cost for the junior program is $100 per junior, which includes entry and maps for all regular events during the 2021 season. Juniors and accompanying adults must also be YOA members (cost $5). Tax receipts will be issued in early 2022.


Registration for NAV101 is now closed.

This program is intended for adults new to orienteering. The program will develop your understanding of the theory and skills necessary for navigation in any context (backpacking, canoeing, skiing, orienteering etc.) Weekly in-person sessions on local orienteering maps will focus on the basics of map interpretation, orientation techniques, compass bearings and visualization. There is a limit of 12 students. If the course fills up, we will put you on a waiting list. Alternatively, you can check to see if a spot is available in the one-day Learn-to-O clinic.

Adult Coach

Your coach/coordinator is Emma Waddington, a lifelong orienteer and a current member of the Canadian National Orienteering team. If you have questions about the adult programs, please e-mail adultcoach(at)yukonorienteering(dot)ca.

Time Frame

Weekly, beginning on Monday, May 10th and running until the week of June 21th. Sessions for Nav 101 are held on Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm. (see full program schedule below).

All sessions are held at various locations within Whitehorse.

Cost

The cost for Nav 101 is $100 per person. Entry to the regular events is not included, but the full-season entry will be offered at a discounted rate of $50 to course participants (regular price is $80). All participants must be YOA members ($5)


Registration for NAV201 is now closed.

This program is intended for adults with a basic understanding of orienteering who are looking to challenge themselves, improve their skills, and enjoy themselves in the woods. Weekly in-person sessions on local orienteering maps will focus on navigation and route choice skills for orienteering. There is a limit of 12 students. If the course fills up, we will put you on a waiting list.

Adult Coach

Your coach/coordinator is Emma Waddington, a lifelong orienteer and a current member of the Canadian National Orienteering team. If you have questions about the adult programs, please e-mail adultcoach(at)yukonorienteering(dot)ca.

Time Frame

Weekly, beginning May 13th and running until the week of June 21th. Sessions for Nav 201 are held on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm (see full program schedule below).

All sessions are held at various locations within Whitehorse.

Cost

The cost for Nav 201 is $100 per person. Entry to the regular events is not included, but the full-season entry will be offered at a discounted rate of $50 to course participants (regular price is $80). All participants must be YOA members ($5)


Red Squad

The Red Squad is for advanced orienteers, aged 17 and up, who are interested in more technical training. This is the place for juniors wanting to get to the next level, or adults wanting to hone their skills. Although a higher technical skill level is required, a wide range of physical abilities can be accommodated. Team practices will be weekly (day of week to be determined) with flexible practice opportunity throughout the week. Red Squad members will be expected to participate in arranging some of the training, but flexibility and support is available.

Several past and present members of Red Squad have joined Orienteering Canada's High Performance Program, and have gone on to represent Canada at the Junior World Orienteering Championships, the World Orienteering Championships, and other international events.

Time Frame

Weekly, beginning in mid-April (depending on snow melt) and running throughout the summer until the autumn. Day of the week and time to be determined by member preference.

Cost

The cost is $5 plus a committment to organize at least one Red Squad training session. Entry to the regular events is not included. All participants must be YOA members ($5)


Learn-to-Orienteer Clinic

A one-day clinics for adults (18+) with no previous orienteering experience. You will learn the basics of topographic map reading and how to use a compass. We can accommodate up to 25 participants. If course fills up we can put you on a waiting list, or you can check to see if space is available in our Nav 101 course.

Time Frame

In-person session on Saturday May 15th, and one online evening session during the week of May 10th (i.e., before the in-person session).

Cost

The cost is $60. Entry to the regular events is not included, but you will receive a coupon for free entry to a regular YOA orienteering event. All participants must be YOA members ($5)


O-Community Coaching

We're excited to offer a free Community Sport Coach course this spring! The course is specifically designed for orienteering, and is meant for parents, teachers, group leaders, and O-club members. You don't need to be an experienced orienteer to take part in this course. All you need is a desire to contribute to the development of new athletes (of all ages) in our sport.

Due to COVID-restrictions, Orienteering Canada has put the two hour in-class part of the course onto a self-directed online platform. A learning facilitator will be available to look at the quizzes and to answer your questions. All lessons will be available in April and must be completed prior to the forest session.

A half-day in-person forest session is scheduled for Saturday May 1st (snow conditions permitting). The instructor for the forest session is long term YOA member Barbara Scheck.

For more information, please contact Barbara at bcscheck(at)gmail(dot)com.


Online Sessions

Any online sessions will take place using the Zoom application. Zoom is available for Windows and Mac, and Zoom apps are available for Android and iOS.

Weekly Schedule


MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
KRW5:30-6:30pm5:30-6:30pm
Yellow5:30-6:30pm5:30-6:30pm
Orange5:30-6:30pm
Parent Support5:30-6:30pm5:30-6:30pm
Navigation 1017:00-8:00pm
Navigation 2016:30-7:30pm
YOA B-meets6:00-8:30pm


Please also check our Calendar of Events for details on our regular Wednesday Night Meets, and also consider our Yukon Championships, both of which welcome newcomers.