4th Grade to Adult
Find hidden markers in the woods using a compass.
Orienteering is the challenging sport of using a compass to find assigned markers in natural terrain. After learning the history of the compass and how it works, students will be taught how to take a bearing and to pace out distances through the woods. Using these skills, students will demonstrate their proficiency on an outdoor orienteering course. The Valley Course is a half mile away, hilly, and moderately difficult. The course takes about an hour to complete.
- 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 decisions.
- Find freedom away from large groups to experience the woods.
- 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