Orienteering for First Class: permanent course at Shawnee Mission Park

Here is the orienteering requirement for First Class rank:

“Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).”

Shawnee Mission Park has a permanent orienteering course that includes an “easy” 1.1 mile course. However, I strongly recommend purchasing the $4 map for every boy participating because this map has special topographical clues required to complete the course. For example, you will need to see that there is a marker on the north boundary between the trees and the field. Because the markers are only 4 inches by 4 inches, it takes time to find them. Overall, it was a good experience to take my troop there. There are also professional meets held by ptoc.org, costing about 10$ to enter.

Enter on the east side of the park; the first marker is on the NW corner of the office building.

map for driving directions  7900 Renner Rd, Shawnee KS

more info: article with a marker example     Archived
jcprd.com contact page, opens at 10 AM on Sat.

“Ernie Miller Park & Shawnee Mission Park Orienteering Courses
The Possum Trot Orienteering Club has designed two orienteering
courses for different skill levels. There is no fee to use any course.
Ernie Miller Park is a short course which is easy for the beginner
to navigate, while the “Trim” orienteering course at Shawnee Mis
sion Park is a great education facility for school and youth groups.
Full-color park maps are available for $2 for Ernie Miller Park, $3
for Shawnee Mission Park. Call (913) 764-7759 for more informa
tion on the Ernie Miller Park course, or (913) 888-4713 for more
information on the Shawnee Mission Park course”

source: page 6 of the 2016 JCPRD Catalog

Comment from Richard Neuburger, president of PTOC:

“Users of the TRIM course at Shawnee Mission Park make up their own course. There are 71 permanent markers set throughout the park. You may visit them in any order. Leaders could specify which markers to visit, hide the control codes on the clue sheet, and require the scouts to record the control code that they find when they arrive at the control location.
The TRIM course at Ernie Miller Park only has 7 or 8 controls. I don’t necessarily recommend it for the Scouts. “

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