Orienteering Training - September 2009

Date: Sept. 20th 2009
Time: 1:00 PM
Meeting Point for Drop-off and Pickup: Sunshine Park
Forms Needed: Troop 693 Permission Slip
Coordinator: Mr. Domae
Cost: $00 per scout
Last Date to Signup: Thursday, September 17th
Things to bring: Compass, Pencil, Ruler, 8.5 x 11" work surface (see notes below) with Large rubber bands or all plastic clip, Water, Wide Brimmed Hat, Sunblock, Whistle


Completes Map and Compass Second Class Scout requirement 1A, and preparation for Second Class Scout requirement 1b, First Class Scout requirement 1 and 2.

  • Please read the following pages in the Scout Handbook prior to coming. Pages: 66-74, 118-125.

We will be covering each of the items in the handbook on the indicated pages.

Topo (or Contour) Maps, Orienting a map to the compass, parts of the compass, the different Norths, how to relate the map to landmarks, how to find north during the day and night, measuring heights and widths using pacing and a compass.

Be Prepared

  • Find a topological map (or Contour) map on the web. http://topomaps.usgs.gov/, http://maps.google.com both have terrain maps when you study the topo maps. Pay attention to the legend! You can use the satellite view and the topo view to correlate how the contours relate to the land.
  • Practice your pacing. Measure out 100' in front of your house on the sidewalk, and walk the 100' until you have a consistent number of paces. You should know how many of your steps it takes to walk 100 feet.
  • Practice measuring the height of a tree in front of your house using the various methods described in the handbook.
  • Practice measuring the width of the street in front of your house using the various methods described in the handbook.
  • How close were your estimates?
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