Cascade Orienteering Club is a non-profit organization run primarily by volunteers, that has been creating maps and hosting meets 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 meets 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.
- To stimulate participation in orienteering through organized events.
- To increase enjoyment of natural resources and respect for wildlife and the environment.
- To instruct in land navigation through the use of maps and compasses as part of an active lifestyle.
Club members receive voting rights at the annual meeting and discounted meet fees. Visit the Membership page to become a member today! Note: you don’t need to be a member to participate in Cascade events.
Cascade welcomes newcomers!
There’s a beginner instructor at every meet, courses suitable for a range of skill levels, and you can do it with a friend. Orienteers are friendly and love to introduce people to the sport. So sign up for an event, and come on out!
There are resources on the Newcomers page, but don’t worry about committing it to memory; it’s okay to jump in! At your first meet, you can talk to the beginner instructor, get advice on which course to sign up for, and have fun.
If you have further questions about getting started, contact Rebecca Jensen.
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 meeting locations.
Cascade Orienteering Club is currently in seek of 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.