Discovering Orienteering

Give your students an outdoor mind-body workout using ready-to-use orienteering lesson plans.


Benefit from this systematic approach to teaching and coaching orienteering. The book begins with basic, easy-to-remember skills, techniques, and processes, and finishes with more than 60 activities for practice and skill reinforcement.

Real Life Skills

Engaging the mind and toning the body, orienteering offers a mind-body workout that helps build confidence, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for the natural environment. This text is a fantastic tool for PE teachers, as well as youth and rec club leaders, to help promote critical thinking in their students while getting them outdoors and active.

Easy to Start

The book was developed in conjunction with Orienteering USA, and as such contains a wide variety of methods, techniques, and types of orienting commonly found throughout North America. The authors, Charles Ferguson and Robert Turbyfill, are experienced orienteers themselves, and understand how to present information in a way that is easily understood for beginners. You’ll find more than 60 ready-to-use activities to help you teach orienteering curriculum.

The book starts by explaining the basics of orienteering, including a history of the sport, followed by outlining skills, techniques, processes, and their applications in a variety of situations.


This book includes 10 chapters, covering various topics of orienteering.

  • Contents
    • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Orienteering
    • What Is Orienteering?
    • Why Learn to Orienteer?
    • Basics of Orienteering
    • Benefits of Orienteering
    • Places to Orienteer
    • History of Orienteering
    • What Orienteering Is Not
    • Coaching Certifications
    • Learning to Orienteer Systematically
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Fitness, Nutrition, Equipment, and Safety
    • Fitness
    • Nutrition
    • Equipment
    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Safety
    • Never Get Lost Again
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Map and Compass
    • Maps
    • Compass
    • Map or Compass?
    • Drift
    • Terrain and Ground
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Navigational Skills
    • Estimating Distance by Measure and Pace
    • Map Reading
    • Precision Compass Reading
    • Rough Compass Reading
    • Orienting the Map
    • Putting the Skills Together
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Techniques
    • Finding Attack Points
    • Aiming Off
    • Collecting Features by Thumbing Along
    • Catching Features
    • Following Handrails
    • Using the Techniques With the Skills
    • Teaching Tips
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Processes
    • Orienting the Map
    • Simplifying
    • Selecting the Route
    • Developing Map Memory
    • Relocating
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Ethics, Integrity, and Rules
    • Exhibiting Integrity
    • Ethical Assistance to Other Competitors and Environmental Stewardship
    • Ethical Use of Special Equipment
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Preparing Before an Event
    • Find an Event
    • Choose a Course
    • Gather Your Equipment
    • Dress Properly
    • Know Your Start Time
    • Pick Up Your Meet Packet
    • View the Finish Location
    • Study the Competition Map
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9. Getting Ready to Start Your Course
    • Study Your Control Description Sheet
    • Fold Your Map Properly
    • Scope the Map
    • Prepare Your Scorecard
    • Teaching Tips
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10. Running the Course
    • At the Start Line
    • On the Course
    • At the Finish Line
    • Record Notes on Your Map
    • After the Event
    • Assess Personal Performance
    • Summary
  • Appendix A Exercises for Teaching Orienteering Skills, Techniques, and Processes
  • Appendix B Competition Analysis
  • Index
  • About Orienteering USA
  • About the Authors

Book is 208 pages. 

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