Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Frist Class Orienteering
Re: Frist Class Orienteering
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 14:23:53 -0500
Phil Hammons wrote:
> However, Map and compass and
> Pacing (both techniques for pacing and use of pacing for distance) are
> needed to complete a PROPERLY laid out course.
Compass usage and pacing are certainly useful on most
orienteering courses but they are not NEEDED. Competitors in the sport may
choose the techniques that suits them best to complete the course. On
beginner courses, such as a White or Yellow, there is less need for compass
and pacing skills then on advanced courses. If a competitor can complete
the course without pacing I wouldn't call the course improperly or poorly
> If the Orienteering merit
> badge is being taught correctly, the successful candidate learns how to
> create all 5 types of orienteering courses.
What are the 5 types of orienteering courses? I see no requirement for a
successful candidate to learn how to create 5 types of orienteering
courses. A candidate only has to set up one orienteering course and that may
be either a cross-country type or score type. These and a line type are the
only types mentioned in the pamphlet. Thus, if counselors for the
merit badge in your council are requiring candidate to learn how to set up
5 types of course the merit badge is NOT being taught correctly. Rather,
it sounds like extra requirements are being added on.