Introduction to Orienteering


Orienteering is a hands-on unit study that provides ample opportunity for students and their families to develop navigational skills using a simple compass.  This short unit study provides detailed instructions on how to use a compass, set up a simple compass course, and expand on this new skill with additional games and outdoor activities. It ca be used as a stand alone unit or can be easily integrated into a larger earth science or history curriculum. 12 page eBook (PDF)


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.


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