I. Finding Our Way
A. Walking in a Straight Line
B. Value of Landmarks
C. Mind Pie
II. Using a Compass
A. Orienteering is…
B. Parts of a Compass
C. Holding a Compass
D. Taking a Bearing
E. Sighting and Object
III. Compass Origins
A. How a Compass Works
B. History of the Compass
C. Importance of Orienteering
D. Getting Ready to Go
IV. Pacing to Measure Distance
V. The Course
A. Course Description
B. Starting the Course
C. Discussion of Quotes
VI. We Noticed…
A. Mind Pie
B. Next steps…
- Unlike many animals, humans need tools to help them navigate.
- Navigating with a partner takes patience, practice, and respect for people and ideas.
- Challenges provide opportunities for learning and growth.
- Becoming skilled in orienteering leads to being more confident in new territory.
- When we are comfortable being in remote areas, we can begin to appreciate wilderness.
Upon completion of the Beginning Orienteering class students will be able to:
- Explain the use of landmarks in navigation.
- Describe how a compass works.
- Walk a straight line to a destination using a compass, including taking a bearing and measuring distances by pacing.
- Cooperatively work with a partner by demonstrating they can stay together, use sighting, help each other, and make decisions.
- Find freedom away from large groups to experience the woods.
Describe the role of the compass throughout history.
Write a story about the journey a compass could take through the Boundary Waters.
Build Your Own Compass
A comprehensive unit of orienteering lesson plans geared toward advanced students and high schoolers.