Orienteering at home

As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly as and when the relevant government determines it is safe to do so. 

The Board of Directors have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted, vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the government guidelines and regulations. 

The latest statement from British Orienteering can be found below.

Resumption of Orienteering 

Appendix A - Orienteering activities that can resume in England 

Appendix B - Orienteering activities that can resume in the Isle of Man

Appendix C - Orienteering activities that can resume in Northern Ireland 

All orienteering activities in Scotland and Wales are still currently suspended.

Scottish Orienteering Association Statement - 22 May 2020


British Orienteering has a wide range of free orienteering activities which are fun and easy to do around your home and garden.  See below for our top suggestions including VE day special resources.

VE Day Celebrations

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day 

The weekend of May 8th – 10th is the weekend to celebrate 75 years since the end of the war in Europe.

There is a wide range of resources available to download and help you join in the celebrations with your family at home and in the garden.

#1 Challenge: VE Day Orienteering challenge: 10 themed markers based on facts sourced from the website of the Imperial War Museum.  Download, print out and put out in your home and garden.  Well suited for adults as well as kids!

#2 Challenge: Wordsearches:

#3 Challenge: Word scrabble: Victory in Europe

#4 Challenge – Homemade macaroons – recipe why not take on this additional challenge? Make “RED, WHITE AND BLUE” macaroons in theme with VE Day!

#5 Challenge – Homemade Cup Cakes – recipe decorate them with a “RED, WHITE and BLUE” theme or add some food colouring to the cake mixture!

Share your efforts and send your photos into info@britishorienteering.org.uk

EVEN MORE RESOURCES AND IDEAS FOR A FUN-FILLED CELEBRATION DAY AT HOME

The HM Government 75th VE Day website also has a wealth of resources for families and household individuals to access and download for example bunting and colouring poster templates

Or how about some Union Jack flag cookies recipe

Create your own markers course at home

Create a course in your garden or home and add to this handy union jack control marker template. 

Have a look at some advice on how to use downloadable software called OCAD to Map your Home. 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

Indoor Activities

Orienteering Puzzles 

We have a range of quick puzzles to download and try. Can you complete them all?

 

Download, print & have fun!

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.

 

External Resources

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.

Orienteering Specific

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

 

Non-Orienteering

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