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Incentives and Badge Schemes

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What is it ?
This is an award scheme to encourage and reward young orienteers who are new to the sport.

How does it work ?
This is a five stage incentive scheme based on participants successfully locating controls. The five stages are as follows:

Acorn Certificate 10 controls
Tree Award 25 controls
Copse Award 50 controls
Wood Award 75 controls
Forest Award 100 controls

The Acorn certificate is a quick introductory incentive. The awards are achieved in blocks of 25 controls. For each stage an A4 certificate is awarded, there is also a multi coloured woven badge for the Tree and Forest Levels. Achievement is monitored by recording controls on a progress card, called a log book. Controls located for one award count towards the next.

How do I get a log book ?
Log books can be dowloaded from the British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA) website download a log book. (This opens as a .doc file)

How do I earn a control ?
Coaching sessions will be allocated a set number of controls that you can count towards an award. These will be agreed by the lead coach at the coaching session and may vary from one coaching session to another. If you are competing in an event, every control (subject to a maximum - Tree 16, Copse 14, Wood 12 and Forest 10) you visit will count as one control. You may only count one course from any event. All controls claimed must be signed off by your coach.

Colour Coded Awards

There is a national colour coded award scheme and details vary slightly from region to region. In the East Midland, Certificates are awarded to those achieving three performances at the required standard. Each club makes its own arrangements to present certificates.

A Colour coded award is available at each colour coded level. The White standard is achieved by completing the White course. For all other colours, the standard is achieved by completing the course faster than the average of the first three finishers time plus 50%. There may be a separate ladies standard if the event organiser considers this to be appropriate.

East Midlands clubs are expected to display on their results the standard times for each Level C event. So you should be easily able to see how you performed.


Racing and Navigation Challenge

British Orienteering operates an automated system of awards based on results submitted by clubs for the larger events.

Full details are on the British Orienteering - Incentives web page

National Badge Scheme

This is operated by British Orienteering and is based on good performances at the top level of races (level A).

Full details are also on the British Orienteering - Incentives web page