Orienteering is an art in map and compass reading and a fun way to exercise and build wilderness survival skills.  There are parks where orienteering courses are established permanently and open to use by the general public.   If you select an event where you can learn helpful hints in reading the map and compass, you will be able to take up the adventure while on vacation at another park or wilderness area.  Bring your kids and tell them they will be reading a treasure map and getting some exercise in a fun way!

Activity Description

Assuming that orienteering will include hiking for 30 minutes, one can assume that orienteering burns 204 calories.

Additional Resources

Follow these links to gather more information on orienteering. They may or may not be directly affiliated with Get Outdoors PA.

Orienteering USA  
Delaware Valley Orienteering Association  
Western PA Orienteering Club  
Susquehanna Valley Orienteering  
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Orienteering for Scouts
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Orienteering is a fun, family-friendly sport that involves navigating a course using a map and compass. It can be competitive, in timed events, or just a way for your pack or troop to get out and enjoy the woods while practicing useful map-reading skills.

During this hands-on experience you’ll learn how to read a topographic map, how to use a compass, and how to put all that knowledge together. All the equipment you will need is provided. Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes, there will be some hiking. Registration is required.


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