Thinking of becoming a
member of British Orienteering?

The benefits are:

  • You will pay a reduced entry fee at most orienteering events
  • You will be eligible to compete in major competitions such as the British Championships
  • Your successes will be recognised through the 'Navigational Challenge' and 'Racing Challenge' incentive schemes
  • You can access discounts from our partners a full list of discounts can be found here
  • You will be able to score Ranking points at all Regional, National and Major Events
    ​​​​​​​(if you are 16 or over)
  • You will have access to many resources in the members' section of the website
  • You will have Public Liability Insurance when participating in events and activities registered with British Orienteering
  • You will be able to receive the monthly member email newsletter 
  • You can vote at the British Orienteering Annual General Meeting

There are two levels of British Orienteering membership:

Senior (£15) – any member aged 21 or older at the end of the membership year

Junior (£5.00) – any member aged 20 or younger at the end of the membership year

Remember, if you join a club you may have to pay a club membership fee as well.

How to join

To get the most out of your membership and the orienteering community we recommend that you join your local club (and their Association) as well as British Orienteering.

Most clubs organise training opportunities and social activities for their members so it is a great way to improve your orienteering skills and make new friends. You can find details of your nearest Club by using the search facility.

However, if you would prefer to just become a member of British Orienteering, simply select 'BOF' when you are asked to choose a Club and Association to join.


British Orienteering membership runs for a calendar year from 1st January to 31st December.

Membership renewals start on the 1st of November.  If you are a new member wishing to join in November, then your membership period will run from the 1st of November to the end of December of the following year.  However, an AGM decision was taken in 2022 to extend this period for NEW members from 1st September 2022.  Any new member joining on the 1st September your membership period will run from the 1st September to the end of December the following year. 

British Orienteering members are bound by rules as set out within the articles and by the anti doping rules and procedures found here.

Get the most out of your membership

Join online

If you already know which club you want to join, click here

Need to find a local club first? Click here

By post

Download the membership form, complete and post it with a cheque made payable to British Orienteering. Information about how much it costs to join British Orienteering (including the Club and Association fee if applicable) can be found by searching for your local club in the Find a Club section.


By phone

You can phone the National Office on
01629 583037 to join and pay by credit or debit card.