Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO
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Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016...

New Area Orienteering Course Made by Troop 21

Bluff Woods Conservation Area, 2016

The St. Joseph area now has it's very own Orienteering TRIM Course.  TRIM means a permanent fixed course as opposed to a temporary event course.  Jack Jones of Troop 21 completed the course as his Eagle Scout Project in cooperation with officials from the Possum Trot Orienteering Club from Kansas City and the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

Richard Neuburger, Mike Stewart and Mike Shifman all provided lots of assistance and expert advice for this project.  Lonnie Messbarger, Area Manager of Bluff Woods Conservation Area provided his guidance and approvals for this project.  Troop 21 adults and scouts set up the course and have pledged to maintain the course. 

This course provides area citizens, youth and scouts the opportunity to practice their land navigation and orienteering skills in a professionally set up course close to St. Joseph.  Maps may be downloaded from the Pony Express Council website (color) www.ponyexpressbsa.org and black and white maps may be found at the "rounder"  at the Pony Express council office.  Unit leaders may contact Troop 21 for an "answer key" to the course if wishing to verify their scouts results.

More information about the great sport of orienteering can be found at the home page of the Possum Trot Orienteering Club http://ptoc.org/index.html  After you've honed your skills on this course, consider participating in one of the many fun Possum Trot events to further your skills. 

Please note that Bluff Woods is a MDC area.  Please obey all regulations and laws, be mindful of hunting season and regulations and if participating in the course with groups of more than ten (10) people, contact the area manager to fill out a special use permit.  The permit is free but must be completed to allow management of the area.  Information and directions from printing a permit may be found at: https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/permits/special-use-permits 

Tonie Jones

Scoutmaster

Troop 21

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