scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: topo maps
Sat Feb 05 2000 - 21:43:21 CST
Ted Mahler asked if anyone knew where to get a good topo map of Camp Simpson
Anyone looking for a good topo map anywhere should check with the local
oienteering club. There are a number of Scout properties that have been
mapped by orienteering clubs in conjunction with the Scout councils - and
lots of people including those at the Council office who don't know about it.
To find your local O-club, go to the US Orienteering Federation web site at
www.usorienteering.org There is a tab for clubs that will get you to the
Our local club (Hudson Valley Orienteering) helped us with mapping and
controls for our recent Klondike Derby. Delaware Valley Orienteering
Association did a great job with their NJ Scout Orienteering Championships
last fall. USOF and member clubs are a great resource in this area (lots of
useful how-to map and compass stuff on the net too), and most are willing to
help Scout groups. Their regular local meets are also a good fun way to get
your scouts interested and skilled at using map and comnpass together. Much
more useful skill than "go 320 degrees 200 feet" etc. like may scout groups
do. What happens when they're in the woods and don't have someone to give
them the bearing and distance?
Sorry for the soap box.