Westborough Scouts are quick with a map and compass at orienteering competition
Westborough – Boy and Girl Scouts from Westborough participated in the annual “Scout-O,” an orienteering meet and competition the weekend of Oct. 26 through Oct. 28 at Nobscot Scout Reservation, Sudbury, Mass. Westborough Scouts were well represented, with members of Boy Scout Troop 382 and Girl Scout Troop 30507 competing. Both troops spent the weekend at Nobscot, with Troop 382 in tents and Troop 30507 in Cozy Cabin 11.
Saturday was spent practicing running through the woods with a map and compass, looking for the orange orienteering flags. Three levels of courses were available: white, the easiest, is mostly on trails; yellow is harder, with the flags somewhat off trail; and orange is the hardest level, with the flags completely off trail. The actual competition was held Sunday, with scouts competing in groups of two or three on courses based on their age, gender and scout rank. The adult leaders are also encouraged to compete. Troop 30507 was also involved by helping run the registration desk and assigning start times.
Orienteering is a great sport for the whole family. More information about other local events can be found at www.neoc.org.
Award winners from Westborough:
Sarah Masciarelli, Elizabeth Baldwin and Lydia O’Connell – 2nd place Girl Scouts
Olivia Cassinari and Mary McCormack – 3rd place Girl Scouts
Helena Spofford and Ella Fox – 5th place Girl Scouts
Karen Yeowell – 2nd place Adult Female Leader
Julie Baldwin – 3rd place Adult Female Leader
Bram Townsend and Zach Coleburn – 4th place Younger Boy Scouts
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