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Did our Juniors enjoy their Camp over the weekend?

Junior Camp 2 2019 web 2They sure did. Inspirational coach Jon McComb ran an action packed weekend of quality training for the 21 teens who attended.

The focus on Saturday was on technical map reading skills. Pittwater was the perfect map for a number of mini courses, each designed to sharpen skills through the impossibly tricky sand dunes. Jon had wisely roped in a crew of older orienteers to shadow the less experienced juniors. Some of the shadows were however at times stretched to the max keeping up with the junior boys.

For contrasting terrain the juniors then headed to the Stringy Bark Gully map to learn about steep hill sides and subtle contour detail - with a few rocks thrown in for entertainment. This involved a map walk and then a fast and furious relay.

Once darkness fell there was a Night O around the camp at Orana near Roaches Beach. Mikayla, Zali and Jett followed this up with their enticing tales about JWOC and orienteering in Europe. Everyone instantly wanted to go there for camp next year.

It was all about sprinting on Sunday - around Hobart College and then the Camp Champs on the Queens Domain. This took the form of a peg relay with a mass start and much head to head racing.

A huge shout out to Manager Meisha Austin for organising everything - the accommodation, the food, the paperwork and also taking on board the duty of care of so many juniors. To Mick Cooper for driving the bus and helping out with whatever was needed. To Donelda Niles for her delicious catering and also to the team of older orienteers who pitched in to put out and collect controls and with shadowing.