PWF Happyland

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March 17

Wood BridgePre-registration for this Sunday event is required, opening Monday March 11 at 6pm and closing Friday Mar. 15 at 6pm; there will not be day-of registration.

Welcome back to Happyland Camp 5 at Prince William Forest Park. This Sunday club event should not be confused with the training weekend that is also going on 16-17 March 2024. Registration for the training event is separate from registration for the Sunday club event. For details on the training weekend, click HERE.

For this Sunday regular event, all timing and procedures will be QOC-standard with a full set of classic courses designed by Rob Field. Parking is limited at the site, so carpooling is strongly recommended (and will save $)! Note that the fee charged for each vehicle has been raised to $20. Although you do not go through the main Park entrance gate to get to Happyland, you are still responsible to pay the entry fee and display the receipt in your parked vehicle. The $20 entrance fee is good for 7 days, so you only need to pay once for the weekend. You can pay the fee at the main entrance, the visitors center about half a mile inside the park from the main entrance or ONLINE. (NOTE: the fee for an annual park pass is $35; QOC members may want to consider purchasing an annual pass for this great park.) Alternatively, holders of the National Park Service's annual America the Beautiful Interagency Pass can enter for free.

A locator map to get from I-95 to Camp 5 and a blow-up of Camp 5 and the parking areas is HERE. After entering the road to Camps 2 & 5 road from Route 619, there will be a parking volunteer at the T-intersection who will direct cars to the right to the small Camp 5 parking lot as long as there is space open and then to the left to the parking field. Given the volume of parked cars likely to be in the Camp 5 parking lot for the QOC training weekend, most participants for this event are likely to be parking in the field. Be prepared to walk up to 800 meters from the parking field to the registration area.

Check-in will be in the Camp 5/Happyland dining hall.

Groups totaling 8 or more: although you will be pre-registering online (in groups of 4 or less per registration), for their awareness please let the Event Director know of your plans and participant numbers.

Keep in mind:

  • There is a park entry fee of $20 per vehicle. See above for details. Note that the 7 day pass can be purchased ONLINE.
  • The rest rooms at Happyland are adjacent to the dining hall/lodge.
  • All participants must pre-register; there is no day-of registration.
  • The size of start teams (groups of individuals orienteering together with one e-punch) on a course must be no more than four (4) individuals (juniors and adults combined).
  • No food items will be provided.
  • Participants are responsible for meeting all their own hydration needs before, during and after their courses.
  • As always, please be off the course no later than 3pm and remember to download at our e-punch station even if you did not finish.
  • Beginner's instruction will be available.
  • For those new to orienteering, make sure to check out our Your First Event and Orienteering Techniques For Beginners webpages, and if they don't answer any question you have, just use our Contact Form and ask.
  • Dogs are allowed in the park but must be on a leash at all times.


Prince William Forest Park, Camp 5 - Happyland, Triangle, VA (Classic)

RegistrationAdvance registration is required. Registration for this event will open at 6pm on Monday March 11 and close on Saturday March 16 at noon (the day before the event).
Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSunday, March 17
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Paul Collinson
Course Designer:Rob Field
Location Details

Prince William Forest Park
Camp 5 - Happyland
Triangle, VA
Google Map

From I-95 exit 150B (near Triangle, VA) go west on Joplin Road ~4.5 miles, then turn right and follow the red and white orienteering signs on Mawavi Road. Registration is (usually) in the Dining Hall of Camp 5. More detailed directions available using the Google map link. Note: Mawavi Road is likely to have runners on it - please be careful as you drive in. Please park in lots or where directed by volunteers (otherwise you're likely to get a costly ticket).
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
$10 $5 $20 $5

Group Entries

Participants are welcome to orienteer together as a group (up to the maximum for that event; usually 4). Each member of a group is charged their individual rate as shown above, up to a group total of $30 (maximum), and each receives a map. A group receives one epunch. Individuals or groups desiring to compete on a second course after completing their first can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map subject to approval at the event by the Event Director.

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 will be loaned one 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 (such as car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • Beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst