Muddy Squirrel

Spring Scamper details

The Spring Scamper is a mass start navigation event where solo competitors and teams use a map and compass to search for up to 12 control points placed in the woods and fields around Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Rd, Fincastle, VA). Competitors have up to 3 hours to find as many points as possible and return to the start/finish. Total length of the course is approximately 6-8 miles. Points will be marked on the map and can be found in any order.

Maps will be provided, but bring your own compass. Also bring water and snacks. Teams must stay together (no splitting up!). Families are encouraged to participate. Post-race chili will be served starting at 11:30. We'll have awards for the top 3 teams.

We'll be happy to answer any pre-race questions when you arrive for registration. We'll have a pre-race briefing at 8:45. Maps will be distributed at 8:55; course opens at 9:00 and closes at 12:00.

Registration: $30 solo; $50 two person team; $75 three or four person adult team; $60 family team with youth (up to 4 members total)

Registration includes a hot lunch and a branded glass/mug for each team member (family teams will get two mugs).

March 27, 2022 -- 9 a.m. mass start, Camp Bethel

New for 2022!

For 2022, we're mixing it up! The Spring Scamper will be a 3 hour event tailored specifically for those new to navigation or for those looking for a shorter course to gain experience. A part of the Muddy Squirrel Adventure Series, it will feature 10-12 control points covering approximately 6-8 miles. Some points will be accessible by trails and dirt roads, others will be off-trail. The Fall Frenzy course will still be a six hour course open over three days.

Fall Frenzy details
The Fall Frenzy course will be open from 7 am Friday, November 4th until 4 pm Sunday, November 6th. The course will close at dusk on each day and re-open at dawn. You can choose your day and your start time -- still 6 hours max. The start/finish is the paved ARK parking lot at Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Rd, Fincastle, VA). Please depart the camp BEFORE dark.
More details coming soon...

Find more orienteering events in the area from our friends at the Blue Ridge Orienteering Club.

Learn more about the amazing benefits of navigating (mind, body, and soul) at these links from our friends at Orienteering Unlimited

I'm new to this -- how does it work?

This format is a competitive navigation adventure where individuals/teams use a map & compass to navigate an area in search of control points (CPs).  The adventure must be completed totally on FOOT and teams MUST stay together.  Our goal in course design is to take you to cool places that you might never travel to otherwise.  We definitely will encourage you to navigate the road less traveled.  Our courses are challenging for experts, but are also welcoming to beginners.  We'll have CPs suitable to every ability level.  Here are the basics...

  • CPs are worth different point values
  • Punch your scorecard when you find a control
  • You can find CPs in any order you choose
  • 6 hour time limit
  • Most points wins
  • In the event that multiple teams "clear the course," fastest team wins
  • We provide maps -- or print your own
  • You provide the compass​
  • Great for families or teams of friends 
  • We also offer "custom" navigation experiences for any group​

More navigating Resources:

Orienteering USA

​International Orienteering Federation


Spring Scamper