My Boy Scout troop had an orienteering competition yesterday and one of the
events was to do the course on unicycles. We have 36 riders in our troop and
although the terrain was a bit too difficult for most of the Level 1 riders, we
had 20 riders in the event. The venue for the competition was in a State Park
along a dammed section the American River which was once a rock and gravel
quarry. The park is basically flat, but features man made hills, drops down
stream banks, sections of deep pea gravel, and other challenging terrain. The
entire event was a lot of fun, but the unicycle riders seemed to be having more
fun than anyone else. I like the idea finding ways to combine unicycling with
more traditional scouting skills. I was an official and didn’t get to do the
course, but I rode my muni to collect the baskets at the end of the day.
Unicycle Orienteering is a very natural combination and I highly recommend it
for a club activity.
This is a really cool idea…especially doing local parades. This would
definitely get folks attention. Maybe you can even carry a banner “real boy
scouts only need one wheel”…
Congratultions for encouraging/teaching so many to ride!
Uni-versally yours, Unicycle Lady http://users.aol.com/unilady/
In a message dated 11/6/0 1:52:42 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>The entire event was a lot of fun, but the unicycle riders seemed to be having
>more fun than anyone else. I like the idea finding ways to combine unicycling
>with more traditional scouting skills
John Hooten <email@example.com> wrote:
> Unicycle Orienteering is a very natural combination and I highly recommend it
> for a club activity.
Welcome to the club john, what took ya so long
WE’ve been uniccycle orienteering for years in europe . In the UK some riders
are taking part in two day wild country mtb events , the last two day one I did
I came 18th out of 24 in my ( ladies) class. Orienteering has been a uni event
at the British Juggling convention since Nottingham four years ago, as an
indrodtion to orienteering. Eurocycle in Denmark (1999) got permission from a
local landowner for orienteering in a wood normally off limits to foot
orienteerers and at the BMW2 a uni trailquest ( score orinteering ) was enjoyed.
Tho Paul had a rough time setting out the course in the rain on the friday
afternoon, carrying all the canes and clippers on his muni.
Some of your older scouts ( do you have venture scouts in the US ?) might like
to investigate entering mtb orienteering events …
Have fun, and keep your eyes peeled for those clippers ( mtb events tend not to
use large markers, just a little bit of ribbon and the clipper on a cane.)