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.


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.


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.


  • 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 Winter League Co-Director. This is a volunteer position with a nominal stipend. The series co-director should have experience with event management, volunteer coordination, and a love for the outdoors. Previous experience working with parents, teachers, and schools is a plus. Any orienteering specific knowledge is a bonus but not required.

Responsibilities, shared with your Co-Director:

  • Plan all Winter League events. Establish a schedule, finalize procedures/rules, and recruit a team of volunteers (new and from an existing pool) to make all aspects of the series a success.
  • Ensure all pre-event to-do items are assigned and completed including permitting, course design, event center logistics, map printing, etc
  • Communicate with coaches, parents, and participants to facilitate learning, safety, and friendly competition.
  • Recommend and implement changes to keep Winter League a successful and professional program.

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.