Nav-O Competition

December 5-7, 2025 | Bert Adams Scout Camp

NAVO is an orienteering challenge for all Scouts BSA, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, and adults to enjoy this spring at Bert Adams Scout Camp! You can race for competition or just for fun! Maps offer Scout-level competitions with challenges for both beginners and advanced runners.

Each team gets a 5-color map for each participant 2 minutes before their race starting time. There are 30 flags/markers shown on the map and you must find all you can in 2 hours. Some are easy to find & some are hard. Each flag is worth 10, 20, 30, or 40 points, depending on how hard it is to find.

Plan your strategy to maximize your score!! The orange & white markers (known as controls) are identified with a number to let you know if you have found the correct location. To prove you found the control, you punch your score card with the corresponding pin punch provided at the control.

Orienteering is a team event, so be sure to register your teams of 3-5. NO LESS THAN THREE PER TEAM AND NO MORE THAN FIVE! Your team will need a compass and a watch or stopwatch so you’ll finish on time.

Participants should bring at least 2 full canteens or water bottles. There will be water spigots scattered around camp. The sections of camp we use for orienteering have some areas of thick vegetation and can be very rocky. Wear long pants and good trail shoes or boots.  Bug spray is highly suggested.

Form you need at Nav-O Event Check-In:

  • Nav-O Unit Roster - for check-in & emergencies

Youth Competitor: $20
Adult Competitor: $20
Adult Non-Competitor: $5

We will be offering a Night-O course Saturday night. A Night-O is a linear orienteering event done in the dark. It forces a focus on map reading and navigating carefully at night. Strong headlamps and extra batteries are required. Youth and adult teams will be able to register for the Night-O when they check-in Friday evening and Saturday morning. Preparation for this will start at 7:30pm with it beginning at 8:00pm and ending at 9:30pm. You must be present at 7:30pm for the preparation and start by 8:00pm in order to compete. Scores will be posted by 10:00pm.

All adults must register for Nav-O, whether or not they participate in the competition.  There will be a class option for those who compete and those who do not compete.  Team sizes for adults are 2-4.  Adults cannot compete by themselves (use the buddy system).

Training for beginners will be offered from 8:00am-12:00pm.  The training will be located at Love Dinning Hall.

Beginner Orienteering Clinics Youtube:                 

First come, first serve on registration. You will need to reach out to Chris DeRose at to reserve a campsite. Each unit that reserves a campsite will need to ensure they follow the correct check-out procedures.

1st Class requirement 4a to complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile. Scouts will be able to participate on a map that will satisfy the minimum 1- mile (1.6 km) distance throughout the day starting at 9:00am until 1:00pm.  Youth will have to sign up for the Beginner Nav-O to complete this.

Participant guide coming soon

File Name Description
2023 Nav-O Competition Results Download
NAVO Participant Guide Download