The history of orienteering begins in the late 19th century in Sweden where it grew from military training in land navigation into a competitive sport for military officers. Eventually civilians caught on to the sport and the first public orienteering competition was held in Norway in 1897.
Orienteering can be a lot of fun. It is also a great confidence booster as students develop their navigational skills and can find their way through unknown territory.
This simple introductory compass course activity was developed to introduce middle school students to the basics of using a compass. It has been very popular with the homeschool community as it is a fun co-op activity that requires few materials.