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    Orienteering

    Who here does it and more.

    I have been wanting to teach my students during Geography, Science or P.E. about Orienteering but I suppose it would help if I knew something about it.

    Do any of you here have a good resource for lncorporating this sport into schools. I have done the web search thing and will continue to look. I have found some good sites but I can always use more, especially if you already have what I need at your fingertips.

    I won't be teaching this until next year and I figure that gives me time to learn it, particularly during my cross country trip this summer.

    I sure would appreciate what you could give me. (now now)

    By the way, I found out this year that the magnetic north pole is actually in the south and the south pole is really in the north. Think about it, Where does the north pole of your compass point, north, right?

    Well that means the north pole is actually a "south" pole. I'm 53 and just found this out, how many of you already knew that?

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    I went orienteering once with my son as part of 4H activity. Lots of fun and a great activity. The park we went to that had a permanent orienteering coarse also gave the coarse.

    You can probably get more info here: http://www.us.orienteering.org/

    So far my impression with schools is you need to call the school and try and get the PE teacher on the line and try and sell your concept.

    Hmm, I always thought that it was the compass needle that was painted in reverse of it's true poles.

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    In this case I am the P.E. teacher and they don't mind if I add this to what I already teach. I have tried the above site and I'll continue looking for good sites. I just thought some one here may have already done all my work for me.
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    I don't think they call it that anymore. Asianeering is the accepted term these days.

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    Thank you X. *curtsies*
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    GPS sure seems to have tried to replace this sport but there are still the die hard fans out there. I think this is a great topic to teach, after all, you can never tell when you will get stranded miles from anywhere with only a compass and a map.

    I guess we could go with racketeering but we really do try to be quiet in the woods.

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    Orienteering is good fun. I can remember my first event. I started with the easy courses but rapidly moved up to "brown" because of the cycling fitness. I was never better than mid-field but that's probably due to being a clydesdale .

    It definitely helps with map to ground, quick bearing readings and reading orienteering maps (hiking maps are different) quickly. It also means that the kids/adults will actually know how to use a map and compass instead of getting lost when the GPS batteries go flat.

    Try tying different colored pencils with a piece of paper in a plastic sleeve as a marker up at certain points on the school grounds. Give out points (further = more points) or time reductions for each color marked on the score sheet. This worked reasonably well the one time I competed in a setup like that.

    Other than that - google orienteering supplies if you have the budget for the orange markers, pin punches or electronic dibbers.
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    Who needs a compass if you have an analog watch Or can stick a stick in the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingAnchor View Post
    GPS sure seems to have tried to replace this sport but there are still the die hard fans out there. I think this is a great topic to teach, after all, you can never tell when you will get stranded miles from anywhere with only a compass and a map.

    I guess we could go with racketeering but we really do try to be quiet in the woods.

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    I think it looks like great fun! One of the many things I want to do. I attend a club event every year at the ADK Outdoor Expo - and they have an orienteering group out there that does some beginner to expert events. Unfortunately I've always been busy sitting at my booth (volunteers - meh, never heard of them - hmmph!) - but this year I think I'm getting out there (event is held in one of our very nice parks) and doing the orienteering event - plus by doing that I'll be able to find out what groups are around here who do that, etc.

    Kinda how I've become involved in so much - by attending events and asking questions. In fact I have my volunteer form for the Special Olympics sitting here - going to ride down to the park and help out with the cross country ski event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Who needs a compass if you have an analog watch
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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    I don't think they call it that anymore. Asianeering is the accepted term these days.
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    Transcendental enumeration.

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    Who needs a compass if you have an analog watch Or can stick a stick in the ground Tom Said

    Pfft, why not just stick with a sun sighting, even in the rain. Yeah Tom, I have read about what you mentioned but have never done it. I think you use 15 minute sightings and go from there if I remember correctly.

    I was lost in my own back yard (figuratively) hills and after a climb up (different path) a hill I had climbed many times before I found out I had actually thought I was heading North instead of South. I was so far off that I would have walked about another five miles before I would have hit a road and found my way back, but my SISTER knew the way and fixed me.

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    Damn. Beaten to it by over four years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Damn. Beaten to it by over four years.
    Meh, it was the only thing google brought up, so you still get originality points

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    Here's a link to the Boy Scout merit badge requirements for Orienteering. You can check with your area Boy Scout council, and they should be able to put you in touch with a large quantity of more practical information. If that doesn't work for you, I can get it for you here.

    I knew the "north" arrow on the compass is charged as "south", and the "south" is charged as "north". Since magnetic opposites attract, it couldn't work any other way.
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    Does sexual orienteering count? People always tell me to go take a f***in' hike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    Does sexual orienteering count? People always tell me to go take a f***in' hike!
    Go take a hike
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