Re: Compass Reqs. 2nd and 1st Class
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM)
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 09:18:00 -0500
For the 1st Class requirement, my troop attends an orienteering
meet with a local orienteering club. MY interpretation is that an
"orienteering course" is like what you find in the sport of
orienteering as defined by the International Orienteering Federation
and the US Orienteering Federation (USOF) and similar to what is
found in the Orienteering merit badge booklet. It is definitely NOT
a series of azimuth and distances. A REAL orienteering course
teaches more practical skills, better develops self confidence in the
boys, and is definitely more enjoyable for the boys than a COMPASS
course. Sometimes our trip to an orienteering meet is a day trip but
usually we combine the trip with an overnight campout. I let the
boys who have gotten serious about the sport to teach classes on
how to prepare for the meet and how to use a compass and map.
By the way, my own sons (14, 11, and 9) and I have gotten serious
about the sport because of these requirements. All of us, including
the now 9-year old, have competed in the US O Championships.
We now plan our family vacation around attending the US Champs.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City