Female orienteering competitor running in the woods, map in handRegistration is the first place you should go at an orienteering event. Registration is open for a specified time, usually 10:00 AM to 12 noon (for most events). You can arrive and register any time during that period. However, make a note of anything that may not be open for the whole event, such as beginners’ instruction.

At registration you will fill out and sign an entry form that includes a basic liability waiver. You will then purchase a map corresponding to the course(s) you select, a control card or finger stick (for courses with electronic punching), and a control description sheet. Some maps are blank and some are pre-printed for a specific course (varies by meet).  Compasses are available for rental ($1.00). You may pay in cash or check only (payable to the Carolina Orienteering Club).

Adults and supervised minor may sign up to go out alone or in groups of two or three (more is usually unwieldy). Children must always be accompanied by an adult for safety

Group leaders (JROTC, Scouts, etc.) should print out the Meet Registration Form off the website; fill in applicable places, and sign the form on behalf of the group.  On the reverse side of the form – list all participants that will be going out on a course. Group leaders are responsible for the accountability and conduct of their participants.

The control description sheet lists the features you will be looking for on the course; this will make more sense to you once you have copied the course onto your map (if the map is not pre-marked). After registering, you can usually start the course as soon as you are ready.


If used, at the event page you will see a place where you can “pre-register”.  The proposed courses (by color) are shown right below “Map RSVP“.  Select the course(s) you intend on running and using the “up arrow” in the number box – select the number of maps you’ll use (this is especially helpful for larger groups). For instance, a group of six participants may want 3 yellow and 1 orange.  After selections are finished – scroll down the page and type in your first & last name and email address.  Then, click on the “Complete Registration Button”.  You should receive a confirmation email for your pre-registration.

PLEASE NOTE:  Using pre-registration is very helpful to the club so that, when available, the appropriate number of pre-printed maps can be made.  Some events may not use pre-printed maps at all; while others may have them for all courses or just the advanced ones.


Be sure to check in at the finish, even if you do not complete the course, so that the organizers are not searching for you. Check out the results board; results are usually posted as they come in, even for beginners’ courses. It is often fun to compare the routes you took with other people who did the course.

The results for each event will be posted on this website on the event’s page.

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