Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Orienteering
Tue, 22 Jun 1999 09:39:31 -0700
Many of us mis understand the game of orienteering.
And we constantly bore the daylights out of boys trying to teach map &
compass (not all of us of course) by didactics.
One method I stumbled upon (after remebering how wood badge treats this
area) was to set the boys up (in whatever stage of skill we found them) for
a couple of meetins (they planned) which featured map & compass.
I provided a 7.5 map of our area and gave the boys a list of 50 questions.
The questions asked them to find places like their homes, grandmas home,
their school, a playfield, a library, a mine (we have a couple) etc
The we asked them to find land marks, the highest point on the map, the
steepest, the lowest, the wettest....
Well you get the idea?
The only resource we allowed them was their scout handbook and a compass (if
they remebered to bring one)
Assuming a fierce leaning instinct once the attention is focused ,I try to
not provide too much information (leave em wantin more ) so they can pursue
their own research.
After 3 meetings most of the boys "got it"
The next campout was based on following a map that another patrol had drawn
to a campsite where pacing, mapping, compass etc exercises had been laid
Yeh the old compass game too.
The a month later we visited the local orientering club for their entry
Some boys took up orienteerring MB and revisited the O. Club. for more
I have done this twice with the same results.
I will never stand up before a group of fresh young faces again and try to
cram "information" into their brains because I know I should NEVER DO A JOB
A BOY CAN DO.
One mans opinion
Commissioner and love it.
> Above all, remember this is fun! And it's a great excuse for a walk