Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Orienteering
Mark and Kay Ranzenberger
Tue, 22 Jun 1999 07:26:33 -0400
I've long had an issue with the way the Boy Scouts teach what they call
"orienteering." Actually, orienteering is a very cool sport that
involves following a set course through woods and fields, finding
hidden, or semi-hidden "controls" and doing it against the clock, if you
Actually, I usually do it just for a walk in the woods and fields and
don't worry about the clock.
Orienteering is a terrific way to teach map and compass skills, as well
as the visual and perceptual skills needed to do it well.
I'd suggest you contact your local orienteering club. In your case,
that would be the Chicago Area Orienteering Club. They're on the Web at
<http://www.users.cihost.com/caoc/>. The next event is July 12. Call the
O-Phone at (847) 604-4419. This gives you a recorded message and an
opportunity to leave your own message.
Alternatively you can e-mail Diana Carpenter at work at
There's a wealth of information on the Web about orienteering. You'll
find a good primer on the sport of orienteering at
Here's a site that talks about methods of teaching orienteering to the
Princeton has a terrific page with lots of links:
There seems to be a movement within Scouting to put together
traditional orienteering. I don't know a lot about it, but you might
want to check <http://www.talon.net/scottdvoa/>.
Orienteering is a worldwide sport. Just for fun, click on the
International Orienteering Federation: <http://www.orienteering.org/>
and the United States Orienteering Federation:
Above all, remember this is fun! And it's a great excuse for a walk in
SM, Troop 582
Harbor Beach, Mich
(A member of the Southern Michigan Orienteering Club)
"I used to be a Bobwhite"