The Club

Cascade Orienteering Club is a non-profit organization that has been creating maps and hosting orienteering events in Washington State since 1977. Today, the club is one of the largest and most active clubs in the country. Based in Seattle, the club hosts events year-round in the Puget Sound area and ventures into the Cascades during the summer.

CascadeOC is a member of Orienteering USA. To find other clubs around the country, visit the OUSA site.

Our Mission

  1. To stimulate participation in orienteering through organized events.
  2. To increase enjoyment of natural resources and respect for wildlife and the environment.
  3. To instruct in land navigation through the use of maps and compasses as part of an active lifestyle.

Membership

Club members receive discounted event fees and have voting rights at the club’s annual meeting. Visit the Membership page to become a member today! While club membership is encouraged, you don’t need to be a member to participate in most Cascade events. Newcomers are always welcome.

Donations

Cascade Orienteering Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and welcomes your donations. Donations supplement entry fees and membership dues to help us offer reduced fees to those facing financial hardship, keep equipment refreshed, create and update maps, and let us explore new opportunities to teach navigation skills. We sincerely appreciate your support!

The COC General Fund is our catch-all bucket. Donations to the general fund are used for our standard operating expenses.

The WIOL Scholarship Fund helps students who wish to participate in the WIOL program or are representing their school at higher levels of orienteering competition but lack the financial resources to do so.

Click here to make a donation. Thank you for your support!

Open Positions

Cascade Orienteering Club is currently seeking an Event Director. This is a paid (contract) position. The event director should have experience with event management, volunteer coordination, and a love for the outdoors.

Responsibilities

  • Move club equipment (canopies, signs, race items, medical supplies, tables and chairs) reliably to and from each venue
  • Ensure volunteers get started in their various operational roles, offering role guidance as needed (training provided)
  • Be the central point of contact for any logistical or safety issues that may arise (training provided)
  • Recommend and implement procedural changes to keep our events a streamlined operation

This position requires use of a personal vehicle. Compensation is per event, plus travel, as outlined in the current COC policies document. Scheduling is based on the COC event schedule and preference will be given to candidates who can work all events in one (or more) series, but there is flexibility. If you’re interested and would like to learn more, reach out to Eric Jones.

 

Cascade Orienteering Club is currently seeking a Land Use Coordinator. This is a paid (contract) position. The land use coordinator should have experience or knowledge of event permitting and a love for the outdoors.

Responsibilities

  • Negotiate and secure permits for orienteering events with land managers (includes city, county, and state parks, as well as private land owners such as scout camps).
  • Work with the event director and series coordinator to establish critical event locations such as start/finish locations and parking, and communicate any course design restrictions the venue may have.
  • Explain orienteering and orienteering’s limited environmental impact to land managers.
  • Develop a relationship with land managers to promote COC’s continued use of our mapped venues.

Compensation is per series, as outlined in the current COC policies document. Work is based on the COC event schedule and preference will be given to candidates who can permit for all events in one (or more) series. If you’re interested and would like to learn more, reach out to Eric Jones.

Board and Governance

The Cascade Orienteering Club board is comprised of five club-elected member representatives, four officers appointed by the member representatives, and various coordinators. Board meetings are open to the public and are held monthly, typically on the third Thursday of the month. Check the latest minutes and agendas for information on upcoming meetings.

Document Library

Looking for meeting minutes, publications, or forms? You can find it in the Document Library.