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Ranger Sessions: Orienteering

With over 750 acres of forest, Moors Valley is an excellent place for children to learn map reading and orienteering skills.

Introductory / Intermediate Session

The contents of your session can be tailored to suit your group, varying with the age and experience of the students, the time available and any preferences you may have.
As a guide most groups will be able to complete the first five activities.

  1. Cone-O Exercise
    An essential skill is to learn how to ‘set the map’ or orientate it correctly so it is always set up for the direction of travel.
  2. Keys
    An introduction to keys; matching symbols to words and photos and then a short walk to match features on the map to those on the ground.
  3. Star Orienteering
    Working from a central point the students use a simple map to visit different features and find the control markers. A good run around which tests both setting the map skills and relating features on the map to those on the ground.
  4. Map Walk
    Students will be introduced to a more detailed map of the Forest before going on a short walk to introduce map work on the move.
  5. Short Course
    All the orienteering skills learnt will be put into practice in small groups in the Forest.
  6. Loops and Relays
    Fun and fast moving courses to test the skills learnt so far. Students will get the chance to work individually and in small teams, testing their teamwork and map reading skills against the clock.
  7. Pacing
    For the students to successfully use the scale of the map they need to be able to gain an idea of how far they have traveled. They will walk, jog and run 100 metres and count how many paces they take to cover the distance.

Time: 2 hours
Maximum group size: 16
Key stage: Year 5+
Cost: £64.00 (£4 per person)

Advanced Session

More advanced sessions can be arranged on request and could include skills such as compass work, taking bearings and putting all the skills learnt to the test on a course through the forest. An orienteering course can be set to suit the ability of the group and your requirements. It can vary in length from 1.5km to over 8km, can be completed individually or in groups, and can be non-competitive or a timed competition. Electronic control points can also be available providing a time results print out for each student or team to add a more competitive edge.