BASOC eNews February 2022

Marion Callum

Marion Callum
Credit: Clare Kemsley

Posted: Fri 18 Feb 2022

Lots of events, training, volunteering and coaching opportunities.
Plus we are now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

1. CompassSport Cup

LAST CALL to be part of TEAM BASOC!!!
Sat 12th March the CompassSport heat is being held in Callendar. Details are on the FVO website which gives the link to enter. Entries close on Sat 26th Feb.
If you need any more information about this or help with choosing your course please email Ann McGougan at
It's been 2 years since the team has been to this event and its sure to be a great event and the sun might even shine!! What more could you ask for!

2. BASOC Coaching sessions.

While many of you take advantage of the Tuesday=O training sessions, running around in the dark is not to everyone’s taste! Some of you will also be starting to compete – and there is a choice of many events to go to over the next 4 months.
Information about the sessions is on the BASOC website.

3. Tuesday=O in February & March.

Tuesday 22nd February: Dunachton / Kincraig fun = FogO!
As usual, please let Hilary Q know if you would like to be there.
Tuesday=O in March (1st to 22nd March inclusive) is being planned by Alice using the north end of the Loch Vaa map near to Boat of Garten, parking at the Community Hall. We wonder what treats Alice has planned for us!
Tuesday 29th March will be another online session on using Purple Pen software for course planning; beginners and more experienced will be catered for.

4. Upcoming events in March & April.

27th February: SOL 2 (Scottish Orienteering League) at Coille Nathais near Oban. Coille Nathais is a lovely area of birch & oak woodland with some open moorland, it has been remapped (is there still a ‘Bermuda Triangle’ – I failed on several occasions to get the map contours to fit the ground in one area) and while there are some tussocks underfoot it is one of the best areas on the west coast. Entries close this Sunday 20th February.
19th & 20th March - a series of Sprint events in Dundee, organised and planned by Masterplan Adventure – this also includes the Scottish Sprint Championships. Details are available on the Sprint Scotland website.

5. NNC - update on the league.

Six NNC events have taken place.
Overall results can be viewed on the Munro Leagues website.
In the overall, Clare just missed out being on the podium for the Short course, Laura & Lynne also each had 4 counting scores for the short course while Gemma had 4 counting scores on the Long course. About 20 BASOC members have taken part in at least one event.

6. Interested in helping with greeting newcomers to BASOC training / events?

Scottish Orienteering has a short course called ‘Coaching Foundation’ which gives you the basics of ‘Meet & greet’, what and how to introduce them to O, having a conversation with them after their run and setting up basic exercises. BASOC could run this course if enough people are interested, please get in touch with Lynne about this.
Who knows, you then look at a coaching qualification?

7. Date for your diary!

BASOC running SOL6 (Scottish Orienteering League), Scottish Junior Cup and the Junior Home Internationals on Creag Dhubh on Sunday 9th October. We will need as much help from members as possible. Please put a note in your calendar to enter and it would be great if you could also help out on the day. Jo is the main organiser for the day.

8. BASOC are now confirmed as a SCIO

A reminder that a SCIO is Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation which is regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The website now carries the OSCR badge at the bottom right along with our registration number.
The main reasons we became a SCIO are:

  1. Incorporated body. BASOC now has its own legal identity. This will let us potentially employ a club development officer or similar without the committee having full liability, as the liability can now be absorbed by BASOC itself.
  2. Funding. In the past, we've received match funding from sources which would have doubled their contribution had we been a recognised charity. Also, membership fees are now donations to the charity. In theory, we should be able to claim Gift Aid on this if members fill in the right forms. Gift Aid isn't something Mehmet has looked into yet so he doesn't know if we actually qualify.

Jane Cox has carried out the hard work to see this through – many thanks to her for this.

9. Club Development Officer (CDO)

BASOC received money from the Scottish Orienteering Development Fund (and added some to it as well) to help the club with employing a CDO for a short time over the summer. More details (and how to apply) will be on the BASOC website soon.

10. Scottish 6 Days, Moray 2023

Moray 2023 will take place from 30th July to 4th August 2023 with all events taking place within 15 miles of Forres.
BASOC are allocated to Day 5 Friday August 4th 2023 with Culbin being the location and course will be Middle distance. The main club is MAROC with the support of BASOC and TAY.
The volunteers sought as main day officials include:

If you are interested in taking on one of these roles then please let Clare know.

Published by Lynne Walker