Orienteering Expeditions


Orienteering is a competitive sport originating from Scandinavia where it enjoys massive popularity. It can be described briefly as a mixture of cross-country running and map reading. Orienteering largely takes place in accessible forest areas, and sometimes within city parks and gardens.
The objective is to successfully navigate round an ordered series of checkpoints in the shortest possible time. The competitor carries a specially drawn map (usually in 4 or 5 colours) on which the checkpoints or control sites are marked, a description of each control and a ‘control card’.

Orienteering at the competitive level is a solo or relay running sport governed by the rules of the British Orienteering Federation for equipment and conditions. The use of orienteering skills at a more elementary level can generally be described as ‘Wayfaring’ and does not fall within the rules for the sport of orienteering. Reference should be made to where the use of wayfaring as a ‘simple activity’ is described.

Clubs are the backbone of Scottish Orienteering and participation within a club structure ensures the best competition and maintains contact with the sport and its development nationally. Orienteering in the Grampian area is well established with three very active clubs, Mar, Grampian and Moravian. Each of these clubs run summer evening training events and between them hold open events on most Sundays between September and June.


Recommended Reading

Teaching Orienteering                                          McNeill, Cory-Wright and Renfrew
Orienteering in the Scottish 5-14 Curriculum  Renfrew and Michie
Orienteering in the National Curriculum           McNeill, Martland and Palmer
Start Orienteering                                               McNeill and Renfrew
Learning Orienteering Step by Step                     Hasselstrand