Re: Teaching Webelos Orienteering
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 08:05:59 -0500
>I hope that some people have some practical suggestions to help me out. I
>have been asked to teach a station on orienteering at Webelos Action
I used to teach beginning compass on 6th grade field trips here. This is
how I did it.
First I showed the kids how a compass worked. We went over the different
parts of the compass. Then I had them do bearings on some distant objects,
a building , tall tree, power pole, etc. After the first couple of time I
made a large (about 2 x 4 feet) mockup compass out of plywood (plastic
would have been better but I couldn't get any cheap). The mockup made it
easier to show the different parts and how they work together. They make
large fake compasses so your camp may have one.
ThenI had them measure their paces and we played a very simple compass game.
Doing this I spent about 30 minutes. The teachers must have liked it
because they asked me back year after year (or else they were so hard up
they would take whatever they could get).
Don't try to do more than the very basics. KISMIF
Mark W. Arend
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