Orienteering for Scout Meetings

What if there was a Scout meeting activity that could introduce your Scouts to Orienteering, was relatively easy to set up in a small area, and Scouts actually had a great time doing it?

What if Scouts working on the Orienteering Merit Badge could use this opportunity to Officiate (req # 9)?

What if someone else put this all together to make it easy for you?

Our team is working on a Leader Guide for “Maze-O for Scout Meetings”. That is MAZE ORIENTEERING and it is AMAZing. If you’re a Scout Leader…you’re going to love this. Stay tuned, it will be posted in June.

Don’t forget to save the date of the 2025 Central Texas Spring-O Scout Orienteering Challenge on March 29, at Lost Pines Scout Reservation. If you just can’t wait, keep your eyes on Austin Orienteering Club for more Orienteering.

Orienteering is the coolest sport you never heard of.

Orienteering with a compass

beginners often run a white course without a compass. You can normally orientent yourself to your surroundings on a beginner course. That said, it is helpful to quickly know which way is north. There is a wide variety of compasses availabale, that differ in quality, size and price. Some orienteering events and courses offer a possibility to rent or borrow a compass, which might be a good option before buying one, as you can try and see what suits you best. 

Thumb compass

A thumb compass functions like a regular compass, but is easier to use in combination with a map, as it is strapped around the user’s thumb while holding the map in the same hand.
The thumb compass is designed to fit naturally your hand and thumb and keep the contact with the map.
Thumb compasses come in left-hand (for right-handed people) and right-hand versions (for left-handed people), with wide and narrow needles. They also feature different designs and functionality – faster/ slower needles, with rotating/ fixed capsule. 
Majority of orienteering runners use left-hand version compass, but it might be the case that you feel more natural and comfortable using the right-hand version. So, it pays to think a bit about what would work for you. 

oh what fun, to record your run!

So much fun to watch the routes of our scouts. Watch this run, how could this scout improve next time?

So much fun to carry a gps in your pack so you can see what you did after the race is over.

Check out this App called Control Orienteering to map your route. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/control-orienteering-analysis/id1329182939

Scouts planning Routes

Orienteering is such a valuable skill. Come try it out at the annual Spring-O. This event is Mar 2 in Central Texas and Mar 22 in North Texas (see Longhorn council).

Also, we share our teaching material and local maps with you here.

Registration opening soon!

Get ready! Registration opens on thanksgiving and the first 50 registered participants will be entered in a limited raffle for a thumb compass that the winner will get at check in! Surprise!

You’ve got maps!

Did you know that the Spring-O team shares our orienteering maps to help provide more opportunities for Scouts to have fun orienteering or to work on rank advancement & orienteering merit badge. There is even a section on the website where we share ALL of our merit badge teaching material (best on the web)
Click for our Map library
Be a map contributor!Help us improve and build out more maps! You can contribute by simply marking up changes on paper and submit for revisions or even jump into one one our early map projects and learn some CAD.  Contact us to see how you can help!
Spring-O reg opens on ThanksgivingThe biggest orienteering event in Central Texas is on Mar 2, 2024.  Register early for discounted registration and assure a camping spot at Lost Pines. If you just can’t wait, Cub Scouts are invited to the 2023 Cub-O on Nov 4. Contact us if you would like to help here.
Share this with your friends!Help us spread the word about the coolest sport you never hear of.  ORIENTEERING is fun, healthy and teaches real life skills!

Attend Spring-O and you will be entered into raffle for thumb compass!

Spring-O raffle for an Orienteering Thumb Compass (everyone is entered) and only 5 more days for early bird registration.

After midnight on 3/18/23, the early bird registration is over. The event at Lost Pines is coming up quickly, it’s less than 3 weeks away!

Register by end of day THIS SATURDAY to take advantage of early bird . 

For the first time we will raffle a thumb compass. thumb compasses are a great convenience when orienteering. See this video to see how easy a thumb compass makes orienting yourself on an orienteering map.  It’s less than 90sec long. 

All participants in attendance for the afternoon Awards Presentation will be eligible. 

Register now for a day filled with Orienteering fun!  You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have with a map and compass!