Troop 606 Orienteering Course
This Orienteering Course is designed to help Scouts satisfy requirements 4a and 4b for the First Class Rank. These requirements are as follows (as of 2017):
“4a. Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).
4b. Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone, or other electronic navigation system. Use GPS to find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at your destination.”
The materials in the course kit box (stored in the white cabinet in the Youth Room at UUMC) will allow you to set up a course anywhere there is adequate space. Scouts start the activity by creating a pace computer that will allow them to easily calculate distances for the compass course that follows using their pace, which they will determine on a 100 foot pace course. Scouts then complete a distance measuring exercise and a drill to teach the basics of using a compass and shooting a relative magnetic bearing.
Next, Scouts navigate an orienteering course involving three stations (with two legs each, if desired), answering questions or solving problems at each one. The final target has a reward (candy).
The activity is designed to take about an hour start to finish.
A great place to set up the course is at Mason Park. If you choose to do this, you can either set it up in the groomed formal park East of Culver, or the more natural park West of Culver. If you choose the formal park, make sure you speak to the Ranger beforehand and get permission to set up the course. Explain that you will only be placing very small stakes in the ground and will remove them immediately after the activity. That usually suffices to placate any concerns the Ranger may have.
Start by downloading and printing out the materials below (as needed if any are missing from the box).