Re: Compass Reqs. 2nd and 1st Class
Mike Meenehan (Mmmeenehan@AOL.COM)
Wed, 24 Jun 1998 09:00:26 -0400
>>The requirement also says to "measure the height/width" of objects. That
>>has nothing to do with orienteering...
>I would say that measuring height/distance has a lot to do with
A subtle point in my posting was that BSA calls it "orienteering". The word
"Orienteering" was/is trademarked/copyrighted by the Silva company.
land navigation has been practiced by the US Army for longer than Silva has
claimed to define orienteering, but the SPORT of orienteering involves
around a course from point to point using both a map and a compass. The focus
is on map reading skills, not on precise compass and pacing. No where in any
real orienteering literature is taking offset bearings around obstacles
(in reality, you'd look at the map to avoid going that close to an obstacle in
So I guess I'm trying to say that if the requirement was for "surveying" or
navigation" then it would make more sense to include the height/width
measurements. But calling it orienteering should mean just navigating around
a course using a compass and map.
Former US Orienteering Federation Board Member,
US Rep to the World University Orienteering Championships ('78)
Used 'ta be a Beaver (NE-CS-50, 82-67)
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