Combat Village

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May 15


Sign-ups for entry are now closed for those without a valid CAC or military ID.

Head deep within the Quantico Marine Base to orienteer on our Combat Village map; be prepared for an adventure, and of course, for the weather that's unpredictable at this time of year. As in previous years, we must submit a list of attendees in advance to gain access to the Base.

If you have a valid CAC or military ID, signing up in advance is optional, since you are already authorized to enter the Base ... and you also qualify for member (discounted) registration rates, so make sure to tell the registration volunteers that when you pay for your course. Anyone without a valid CAC or military ID must sign up before the sign-up deadline.

In terms of timing, allow 10 - 15 minutes to drive on base, and a few minutes to go through the Entrance; registration at our event site will be as usual from 10:45am - 1:15pm, start anytime between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back at the Finish to download no later than 3pm.

If you correctly submitted all of the requested information, all entered names will eventually be on the 'Approved to Enter the Base' list ... and if not, not. Signing up to enter the Base is free and non-binding. Note that while all adults must provide their Social Security Number, birth date and place of birth (city/state if US-born, just country if not born in the US), the public list of attendees only shows participant names.

On the day of the event, once inside the Base, participants will head to the Registration/Start/Finish area where they can choose their course and pay the usual QOC event/registration fee. Courses will be the full set from white/beginner through blue/advanced. A directional driving map to LZ Peregrine, our registration area, is available here.

Note: sorry but dogs are not allowed at this event.

Youth groups and large groups: please contact us with a spreadsheet containing the information requested above (including SSN for adults, but just name and place of birth if non-US for under 18's) for each person in your group, and we will add it to the Sentry Gate list. To get maps and costs pre-arranged, email in the standard group registration and waiver form as indicated on our Group Leaders page before the event. That form will be used for the actual course registration, and you can pay the corresponding (group) registration fee at the event site.

Have any questions? Just use our handy Contact Us form.

Required Disclaimer: "This event is not an official event of, and is not endorsed or sponsored by the Federal Government, Department of Defense, United States Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Base Quantico."


Quantico Marine Corps Base (MCBQ), Combat Village (Classic)

RegistrationSigning up on the "Sentry Entry" list for this event is now closed for those without a valid CAC or military ID.
Start TimesStart anytime between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back at the Finish to download no later than 3pm.
ScheduleSunday, May 15
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Allison Brown
Course Designer:Boris Granovskiy
Course Designer:Chris Gross
Location Details

Quantico Marine Corps Base (MCBQ)
Combat Village
Google Map

Near the Stafford/Prince William County line, take I-95 Exit 148. Go west as you exit the interstate, and proceed about 1.3 miles on Russell Rd/MCB-1 to the guard station (after the traffic light). You will need to show government-issued photo ID there, and say that you are attending QOC's orienteering event. Only pre-registered participants will be allowed on base. Once through the gates, follow QOC signs to the event area. You may not drive on any other roads. A directional map in PDF format to LZ Peregrine (our registration area) is available here.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 3.1509
Yellow 3.3759
Orange 4.910010
Brown 4.210010
Green 5.713013
Red 6.920513
Blue 10.123018
Course NotesClassic

Welcome to Combat Village West! This is an excellent area for orienteering, with a nice mix of very fast, open forest and trickier areas of lower visibility and runnability. The key to success here is to maintain map and direction contact and pick out distinct features from the often subtle contours. This map was used for the US Intercollegiate Championships back in 2001 and has only had slight updates since then, including this winter by Jon Torrance. However, the contours are very reliable and general vegetation is still fairly reliable. However, do not expect rootstocks or vegetation boundaries to be distinct and visible features.

The longer advanced courses (Red and Blue) will visit two distinct areas - one area of subtle contour detail where precise use of compass will be important, and a steeper, more detailed area where a loss of focus can easily lead to a parallel error and extra climb. The shorter advanced courses will mostly stick to the gentler areas with more subtle contours.

In addition to water at some controls, additional water stops will be provided along major trails and roads. These are shown on your maps with the purple cup symbol.

Map scales are 1:15000 for blue, 1:7500 for white and yellow, and 1:10000 for all other courses (note: the red course is printed double-sided).

Because this is a military navigation training area, the trail network is very sparse. As a result, expect the orange course to be somewhat longer than usual in order to use other available handrails and catching features, such as streams and clearings.

I think this is one of the finest and most unique areas that QOC has to offer, so I hope you enjoy the courses and the terrain.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

Team or Group Entries

Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.

Important Notes
  • At the event, we can only accept payment in cash or check; online, you may use a credit card or PayPal account.
  • You may become a member at the event or by joining online via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) are usually available for sale at each event as described here.
  • Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.