ScotJOS headed to the Moray coast for a training camp in March. Although the traditional Moray areas are all embargoed due to the Scottish 6 Days, we were able to visit some of the less well known areas. There was also the draw to return to the Duffus Hall – one of the favourite venues in the ScotJOS list of halls. It is a lovely big hall and has hot showers and a separate (carpeted!) hall for the coaches – who like a little more comfort than a hard wood floor!
Friday evening was the traditional night-O at Carsehill and a chance to stretch the muscles after a long drive and meet up with orienteering friends. We then headed to hall for dinner and the after dinner entertainment – lessons in erecting and taking down the new ScotJOS tent! You learn many skills at a ScotJOS weekend, not just orienteering.
ScotJOS and Talent Scotland had their 1st training camp of 2023 last weekend. The camp was based in Livingston with its multitude of underpasses, alleyways and complex housing estates providing the ideal location for a Sprint orienteering camp.
The JIRCs see teams of juniors from the 12 British Orienteering regions go to battle, with individual championships on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday. Each team can consist of 4 juniors in each category of M/W 14,16 and 18.
Every two years the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad (Scotjos) organise a 2 week trip to Scandanavia to provide the juniors with the opportunity to experience different terrains and compete outside the UK.
For obvious reasons this has not happened for a couple of years but this summer the squad have headed off to Sweden.
Following the British Championships, Northern Championships and the JK, Scottish Juniors across a range of ages have been selected for international competition and a range of training camps. The performance of all the Scottish juniors at these events was fantastic with some very tough competition from juniors from the rest of the UK and Europe. It was great to see the breadth of Scottish junior talent as well as the fun and friendship they gain from the sport.