The suspense and excitement of a treasure hunt, orienteering is an adventurous activity for people of all ages, fitness and skill levels. Participants navigate their way between control points marked on a specially drawn map. The terrain involved can vary and the pace can be decided by the individual.
Orienteering is a versatile activity and can be done anywhere, from a dense forest to a playing field. This means that a course can be fixed or changed regularly and difficulty can also be changed to suit the groups involved. All you need to get started with orienteering is to have a sense of adventure, outdoor shoes and clothing, and of course a compass and map.
Orienteering can be adapted for all ages and even beavers could take part by using a string course and later teaching them to read simple maps so that they can progress onto more complex courses.