PTOC Orienteering Training Camp
Heartland Presbyterian Conference Center
Parkville, Missouri
November 16-18, 2007

There were 26 participants in the Possum Trot Orienteering Club's Orienteering Training Camp at the Heartland Presbyterian Conference Center, Parkville, Missouri on November 16-18, 2007. 18 stayed overnight in the Oak Place lodge and enjoyed the great food in the dining hall. 8 others came for Saturday only. The group was evenly divided between beginners and more advanced orienteers.

Michael Eglinski taught the advanced group. After a test course and some compass work in the morning, the group tested different route choice options and had a chance to run the Sprint course in the afternoon. Then there was the 90-minute Night Orienteering event Saturday evening and the Red course Sunday morning...lots of orienteering...lots of sore legs.

Dick Neuburger taught the beginners. There was some classroom discussion of orienteering maps and use of the magnetic compass in the morning, and then a chance to do a White, Yellow-Orange, and Sprint course. The goup joined the advanced orienteers for the Red course Sunday morning.

It was a great weekend! Everyone learned a lot and enjoyed meeting other orienteers. The facility was top-notch, the weather was perfect, and the food was delicious. Thank you Heartland Center, our two instructors, and all the participants for your enthusiasm and help during the event.

Reported by Dick Neuburger