Xplorer is a family friendly navigation challenge that is both educational and fun and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers. It involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together.
Using a simple map the aim is to find a number of markers that are located around the park. At each marker, children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends.
Initially supported by Sport England and now working with a wide range of partners to keep the project sustainable, British Orienteering saw special themed Xplorer events take place again this Halloween.
Natalie Weir England Development Officer and Xplorer Lead at British Orienteering, said: “There was plenty of frighteningly good fun at this year’s Xplorer Halloween family events in England. It is a fantastic time of year to get outside and explore, whilst enjoying the autumn colours. Xplorer provides an outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy.”
At one Xplorer event in Oldham delivered as part of a council event over 60 maps were given out over two hours, with over 200 people involved and including one local nursery.
Active Slough gave out more than 100 certificates at their spooktacular Halloween event and another one of our new partners from Oxfordshire were running their first Halloween event.
Anna Clarke, Active Woman Coordinator for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils held a Halloween event and had 11 new families attend. “We did some Halloween games and made up a challenge sheet to go with the markers which everyone enjoyed.”
Keep an eye out for Christmas Xplorer events coming up and you can follow Xplorer on Twitter (@_Xplorer) and Facebook (xpl0rer) to see some of the Xplorer action or find an event near you here.