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Orienteering For Kids

The Little Troll Program for Children
Earn a Patch While Learning to Orienteer

The USOF Little Troll program was designed by USOF's Youth Committee under a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee. The program's continuing support is funded by USOF membership dues.

The purpose of the program is to give parents, grandparents and other adult mentors a method of teaching children to orienteer. All children participating in the program must be accompanied by a parent/adult while orienteering on a String-O or White course at a regular MNOC event. Similar activities held by orienteers outside of club events or held by Scout, school or other youth groups do not qualify to received Little Troll stickers or patch awards.

Cards and stickers are available, at no charge, just ask for a card during registration.We will provide each child participating in the program with a new card when the child begins the program and whenever the child's card is full of stickers. The child's parent should decide the level card the child should start with. Usual event fees, though, will be charged at the meets.

The Little Troll program is available to all children attending our orienteering meets, whether members or visitors. Each child participating in a qualifying event can earn a maximum of 1 sticker per participation day to put on his/her Little Troll card. At the time the sticker is issued, a club meet official should date and sign the child's card next to the sticker. If the child participates in more than one course on a given day, he/she cannot earn extra stickers. Each child can hold only one Little Troll card at a time. Although the child can start at any level, all levels must be taken in order: Little Troll (yellow), Chipmunk (orange), Rabbit (green), Roadrunner (red). If a child starts at orange level, for example, he/she cannot go back later and get yellow. If he/she starts at the red level, he/she cannot go back and get any other levels. The Little Troll (yellow) and Chipmunk (orange) levels can be done on either the String-O or White Courses. Rabbit and Roadrunner stickers can only be earned by a child accompanied by a parent on the White Course.

Once a child's card has stickers for each designated sticker circle (i.e., the card is full), the card plus a $1 fee may be mailed to the address indicated on the card, and the child will receive an award patch from USOF for completing the card.

If the parent so wishes, the child can be kept at a given level through multiple cards. This should be done when the parent decides the child has not yet mastered the skills of that level. Therefore, a given child can receive multiple award patches at a given level. A child should only be moved to the next level when the parent is satisfied he/she is ready to orienteer at the next skill level. Directions for each skill level are on the back of the card.

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