Re: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] Change the club name?
- I am perhaps in the minority about changing the name, but I strongly feel
that we should not change it (Quantico OC for most uses -- it's historical
value alone is wonderful, as one of the oldest o' clubs in North America;
National Capital Orienteers for other uses as we've already put that on
several maps and advertised that way) but we absolutely should not abandon
the term "orienteering" in our name. I've been told that outside the
adventure racing world most runners/hikers etc STILL haven't heard of
orienteering, but I a) am skeptical of that and b) think with adventure
racing expanding and using the term orienteering, it will only enhance our
In the March 2003 issue of Running Times, in their montly "Hit the Trails"
column, the topic is winter adventure racing. Here are a few quotes:
" In the last few years...adventure racing has become a year-round
endeavor... These races combine any number of winter activities, including
skiing (back-country, skate and classic), snowshoeing, ice skating,
orienteering, snow mountain biking, ropes activities and running."
" Navigation is a fundamental factor in most adventure races. Teams joke that
winter orienteering is a non-issue because all you need to do is follow the
leader's tracks, but courses can cross snowless stretches or... Having
dependable map and compass skills is crucial, especially when an error in
course finding can result in hours spent out in the cold."
The second quote, which implies the meaning of orienteering to anyone who may
not already know, comes six long paragraphs after the first mention of the
sport. I think anyone in adventure racing, and even the casual fan of the
fast-growing sport, has at least a general idea that "orienteering" is
My 2c as a stick-in-the-mud change-hater.
- One thing I like about QOC is it's easy to find in the results
listings for the big meets. I'll bet that orienteers from other
clubs associate it very readily with this club and its hot
Proposition: a person who wants to learn about orienteering nowadays
is likely to look it up online. With keywords "orienteering dc"
Google produces this at the top of the list:
<headline & link> Quantico Orienteering Club (Virginia, Maryland and
Washington, DC ...
The Quantico Orienteering Club welcomes all ages & skill levels to
the sport of orienteering. Come explore the outdoors with compass &
Description: Information, schedule of events, newsletter, contact
information, and maps.
A search via Yahoo also yields a link for QOC at the top. Someone
going through USOF sees a dot on DC leading in one hop to QOC. I
looked on the web myself before moving here, sometime in the winter
of 97-98. The word Quantico confused me for as long as it took to
find the QOC website; from there it's clear that QOC *is*
orienteering in the DC metro.
Coming from elsewhere, my association with the word Quantico was not
with the Marines but rather with the FBI Academy, for which my only
mental picture was Jodie Foster running through the woods --- not
Quantico has history, character, the letter Q, and, lucky for us, the
US Marine Corps. "National Capital Orienteering" is vanilla.
- Good comments by all, with a clear preference for tradition. As a newer
member, I readily defer to others on most issues, but I have to say that
when I first heard about QOC I was a bit confused by the name and the
military connection. It comes up when I introduce others to the sport, and
while it is easy to explain one-on-one, I wonder how many that read about
the activities get confused or put off. Like many of you, I'd hate to walk
away from the heritage. And, I really think that having two different
names is only going to lead to long-term confusion. So, in the spirit of
compromise, how about:
Capital Area's Quantico Orienteering Club
It's a mouthful, but you can use whatever part of it fits the situation.
We stay QOC to those in the "O" community. I think it substantially
softens the "look" of a military or FBI connection, but of course that is
for you to judge. It will also add to the length of any news article,
which, as any publicist will tell you, is a key measure of success. By the
way, I had absolutely nothing to do with the renaming of a local airport.