Sport and physical activity delivers immediate mental health and social benefits, while having a long-term positive impact on our physical health. Getting active in the way that’s right for us – and planning how we’re going to keep going through the colder, darker months – will help us cope with the ongoing impact of coronavirus restrictions.
To help encourage young people to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a safe environment we have partnered with BrightBikeLights to invite you to get out orienteering this Autumn and share your photos to British Orienteering’s Facebook page/Twitter account with the hashtag #getactivethisautumn
Entries shared with us will be in with a chance of winning prizes such as the latest Ferei Headlamp and enable you to continue to stay active even when the dark winter nights set in. For more information and terms and conditions see here.
Whether you are a member or non-member of British Orienteering - we would like to encourage families and specifically those under 21 years old to share photos with us of you taking part in any Orienteering activities/events between now and the end of November including;
Permanent Orienteering Courses
Virtual Orienteering Courses
Or activities at home or in your local green spaces such as those below - for example what about matching Autumnal colour markers with something you can find in nature of that colour? Or explore your local green spaces and learn in the outdoors by finding specific trees or creating courses with our handy tree Orienteering markers?
Above all we want you to have fun this Autumn, and continue to find ways of staying active and Orienteering in a way that suits you and your areas levels of COVID19 restrictions.
More advice such as how to use downloadable software such as OCAD to Map your Home is below. For a home map, we simply recommend using a green triangle as the start symbol and red circles numbered for the markers.
For traditional control markers, download and print these numbered markers (1 to 10, plus two blanks) and design your own course around your house and garden.
Dizzy Directions - Challenge your child to race to the different compass points. Learn about the activity and download the markers you'll need here.
More videos demonstrating this activity are available on our YouTube channel.
Knolls and Depressions
We have a range of quick puzzles to download and try. Can you complete them all?
Matching Symbols - Can you match the map feature, with the terrain picture and the control description?
Lots more Downloadable resources will appear here in due course.
There are lots of other resources out there some of which are below. If you have something to share please get in touch with us and as long as we can get the permission, we'll share it here.
Learn more about how to Map your home with OCADs handy guidance & symbol key
Try some of Scottish Orienteering puzzles
Try O Gaming with Catching Features
Practice your Orienteering in the forest online
Find some useful Physical Education Games for Children and the Gone Outdoors Game
Look at route choices with WorldofO
Use Routegadget to analyse route choices
Get virtual with MapRun
IOF list of other Orienteering software and useful links
Sport England's advice and supporting resources on how to Stay Active at Home
Learning Resources from the Youth Sport Trust
England Athletics at home resources including downloads and videos