Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: FW: Orienteering - It's amazing what a little scout fun can lead
FW: Orienteering - It's amazing what a little scout fun can lead
Tue, 10 Nov 1998 13:31:45 -0500
> Have to throw my 2 cents into the Orienteering ring.
> Sunday I took 3 Senior Girl Scouts orienteering...in the
> rain...with only 1 compass (why I was the only person in the group who
> thought a compass would be helpful while orienteering I don't know) I was
> not happy! We were forced to go together as a group - not what was
> originally planned.
> Reflecting on the experience, I realized that this
> particular group benefited from the experience because they were able to
> work together as a team...compass and maps were moved from person to
> person - group decision making etc.
> We were wet, cold, miserable (if you think its hard enough
> to read a map through a rain splattered plastic cover try doing it with
> rain splattered reading glasses on)--
> We weren't the slowest group - one group was took 1 more
> minute to complete the course - but everyone is our group agreed they
> would do it again...one of the girls even commented that yes some of the
> larger groups (mainly school groups) got finished faster but from watching
> them she realized it was because the leader read the map and simply told
> everyone else where to go...the others merely hiked along waiting for
> In summation - we accomplished our goal: to complete the
> course and work on map/compass reading - but we also learned practical
> lessions about tolerance, team building and having fun in less than ideal
> Scouting gives back more than you expect doesn't it!
> Janann Giles
> Senior Leader
> Atlanta, GA