- Who on your team is already skilled with a map and compass? How can your team learn more about this skill set?
- What equipment is needed for this Adventure? Consider the terrain, the season and the weather forecast.
- When and where are you going to go? Consider how long it will take to get to a destination—and back!
- Divide into pairs or small groups. More able youth should mentor less experienced teammates.
- Take turns leading the group, either individually, in pairs, or in small groups. Each person should have the opportunity to take his/her bearings, select a landmark, and lead the group to the landmark.
- Continue taking turns leading until the group reaches its destination.
- What do you know now that you did not know before?
- Did you reach your destination in good time? Why or why not?
- How did you feel during this activity? Excited? Frustrated?
- How did your team work together?
- What would you do differently in the future?
- How can you use what you learned in other activities?
Keep it Simple
- Use your map and compass skills and create a game – use your skills to play a game of hide and go seek. As a team, agree on a hiding place (you don’t need to be fully hidden – your team standing behind a tree or something similar is fine) and use a map to figure out the bearings and paces needed to get there from a starting point. Give the starting point, bearings and paces to the opposing team. Then, go hide! Can they find you? https://www.scouts.ca/activity-finder/lost-and-find-me.html
Take it Further
- Use your map and compass skills and try your hand at orienteering. You can even work in teams to set up orienteering courses to challenge each other! https://www.scouts.ca/activity-finder/orienteering.html