Outdoor Activities for Children: Orienteering

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What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is an activity requiring orienteers to find specific sites in the landscape using a detailed map and compass. Orienteers must visit each control site and verify their visit by collecting unique markers from each control site in the course. The route between the control sites is not specified and it is up to the orienteers to navigate their path following the clues provided.

The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. – British Orienteering

Benefits of Orienteering for Children

  • Provides a safe, fun environment in which to have an adventure
  • Provides physical and intellectual development
  • Helps develop spatial awareness
  • Children are allowed the freedom to roam out of sight in a controlled environment
  • It’s ok for kids to get muddy and dirty
  • Teaches children about the countryside
  • Children learn to read maps and navigate
  • It’s educational and fun!

Getting Started with Orienteering

British Orienteering has an excellent introductory orienteering activity package you can download for free:

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