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February 9

Camp Wilson2020 marks our return to the Camp Wilson area of Pohick Bay Regional Park (PBRP) for the first time since 2017. Daniel Heimgartner is designing a full set of courses, white through blue.

Event timing is our usual: register between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, be back before 3pm. Registration will be at the Camp Wilson wash house easily visible next to the camp road as you enter Camp Wilson.

Once again, the Green, Red, and Blue courses will entail a road crossing from PBRP across Gunston Road and onto a section of Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA.) For an overview of the areas being used for this event, see this map.

The entrance to Camp Wilson is SEPARATE AND DISTINCT from the park main entrance that many of you are used to using (see photo to the right). It is located just before the Gunston Fire Station. It's easy to miss, so slow down after you pass the entrance to the Pohick Golf Course and be on the look-out for the event signs.

PBRP has made another enlargement of the parking area at Camp Wilson since we last used it in 2017, so we should be able to fit most participant's cars in parking slots. But we will still have overflow parking in the camping areas off the access road as needed. Buses will park in the far rear of the Camp Wilson area next to the disused Scout Hall.

No parking is permitted along the sides of the Camp Wilson entrance road, except in designated slots, in order to avoid any impediment to emergency-vehicle access. As you enter Camp Wilson, look for a parking volunteer in a reflective vest who will direct you to the appropriate parking areas and spaces.

Important notes:

  • For the courses crossing Gunston Road, there will be controls on both sides of the designated crossing point (see course notes). This point, just adjacent to the Camp Wilson entrance and clearly marked on the pavement, is the only permissible crossing point to and from Meadowood. The visibility from the crossing point in both directions along Gunston Road is excellent, but the speed limit is 50 MPH and cars often exceed that speed, so make sure to stop and observe carefully before crossing. A road guard, wearing a reflective vest, will be in place at the Gunston Road crossing point to watch for approaching vehicles and warn them, as necessary, that there is foot traffic at the crossing point.
  • Do not cross any part of the Pohick Bay Golf Course, which is located north of Camp Wilson.
  • You may encounter horses and riders on Meadowood East, which is a local center of equestrian activity and features trails specially designed to withstand the effects of horse traffic. When moving near a horse and rider, please slow down until you pass them and yield the right of way, if you encounter one while running on a trail.
  • Any significant accumulation of snow prior to the event could potentially have an impact on our ability to use Camp Wilson with its dirt road access. Check this page for any last-minute changes.
  • Location

    Pohick Bay Regional Park, Camp Wilson, Lorton, VA (Classic)

    RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
    Start TimesStart any time between the specified times (usually 11am - 1:30pm).
    ScheduleSunday, February 9
    11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
    Event Director:Jana Seidlova
    Course Setter:Paul Morris
    Course Setter:Keg Good
    Course Designer:Daniel Heimgartner
    Location Details

    Pohick Bay Regional Park
    Camp Wilson
    Lorton, VA
    Google Map

    From I-95 exit 163 (Lorton Rd, VA-642), head east, then turn right/south on Rt 1 (Richmond Hwy). Turn left on Rt 600/242 (Gunston Rd), and then drive 1.5 miles until and turn left on a dirt road marked by a Camp Wilson sign, immediately before the Gunston Fire Station. If you see the main entrance to Pohick Bay Park you've gone too far.
    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
    • If you wish to become a QOC member you should join online in advance 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) can be purchased from online vendors 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.