Discovering Orienteering Book

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Unit:  Ea

Give students an outdoor mind and body workout with these ready-to-use orienteering lesson plans.

Benefit from a systematic approach to teaching and coaching orienteering. The book begins with basic, easy-to-remember skills, techniques, and processes, and then finishes with more than 60 activities for practice and skill reinforcement.

Learn Real-Life Skills

Orienteering offers a mind and body workout that helps build confidence, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for nature. This book is a fantastic tool for PE teachers, as well as youth and rec club leaders, to promote critical thinking in students while getting them outdoors and active.

This book was developed in conjunction with Orienteering USA and contains a wide variety of methods, techniques, and types of orienting commonly found throughout North America. The authors, Charles Ferguson and Robert Turbyfill, present information in a way that is easy to understand. The 208-page book starts by explaining the basics and history of orienteering, followed by outlining skills, techniques, processes, and their applications in a variety of situations.



  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Orienteering
    • What Is Orienteering?
    • Why Learn to Orienteer?
    • Basics of Orienteering
    • Benefits of Orienteering
    • Places to Orienteer
    • History of Orienteering
    • What Orienteering Is Not
    • Coaching Certifications
    • Learning to Orienteer Systematically
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Fitness, Nutrition, Equipment, and Safety
    • Fitness
    • Nutrition
    • Equipment
    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Safety
    • Never Get Lost Again
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Map and Compass
    • Maps
    • Compass
    • Map or Compass?
    • Drift
    • Terrain and Ground
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Navigational Skills
    • Estimating Distance by Measure and Pace
    • Map Reading
    • Precision Compass Reading
    • Rough Compass Reading
    • Orienting the Map
    • Putting the Skills Together
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Techniques
    • Finding Attack Points
    • Aiming Off
    • Collecting Features by Thumbing Along
    • Catching Features
    • Following Handrails
    • Using the Techniques With the Skills
    • Teaching Tips
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Processes
    • Orienting the Map
    • Simplifying
    • Selecting the Route
    • Developing Map Memory
    • Relocating
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Ethics, Integrity, and Rules
    • Exhibiting Integrity
    • Ethical Assistance to Other Competitors and Environmental Stewardship
    • Ethical Use of Special Equipment
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Preparing Before an Event
    • Find an Event
    • Choose a Course
    • Gather Your Equipment
    • Dress Properly
    • Know Your Start Time
    • Pick Up Your Meet Packet
    • View the Finish Location
    • Study the Competition Map
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9. Getting Ready to Start Your Course
    • Study Your Control Description Sheet
    • Fold Your Map Properly
    • Scope the Map
    • Prepare Your Scorecard
    • Teaching Tips
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10. Running the Course
    • At the Start Line
    • On the Course
    • At the Finish Line
    • Record Notes on Your Map
    • After the Event
    • Assess Personal Performance
    • Summary

Appendix A Exercises for Teaching Orienteering Skills, Techniques, and Processes

Appendix B Competition Analysis


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