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 Post subject: Orienteering
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:03 pm 
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Our club just finished the Orienteering honor. We managed to earn this honor without leaving the church property (and thus avoided the logistical problems associated with taking the group on an outing). We have lots of other outings during the year, so it would have been pretty difficult to squeeze another one in.

One of the things we did was to make a mile-long compass course on our church property. To make the course, a staff member selected six "stations" around the property (only about three acres), and plotted them on a map. Then he connected all six points to all the other points with lines, and calculated the azimuth and distance of each line. He also marked each point (by spray painting the grass).

This is a little easier to visualize if you think about five stations rather than six, and then think of the way you learned to draw a five-point star. Then take one more step of drawing a pentagon around the outside (connecting the points around the perimeter).

Except he did it with six points instead of five. But five would work.

Once he had all this information down, he laid out a course following these lines. We ended up traversing all of the lines, and some of them more than once. But it added up to a mile, even though no single line was longer than 300 yards.

The course instructions were then given to the kids, starting at point 1. The information for each step was the azimuth and distance to the next point.

So if you're looking to teach this honor in a limited space, this is an approach to consider.

Jim Thomas
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