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Orienteering for Beginners

Try a new sport: orienteering.  Learn how to use a compass and map to make your way throughout the park to find orienteering markers. Loaner compasses will be available with a driver's license.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Orienteering is recommended for ages 8 and older and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Fuller Lake Bath House.

Saturday, September 22 at 3:00pm

Pine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324

Bureau

State Parks

Categories

Educational Programs, Get Outdoors PA, ExplorePAtrails

Outdoor Activities

Hiking and Walking, Orienteering

Region

South

Target Audience

Veterans, Senior Citizens, Families, Scouts

Cost

Free

Exact Location

Fuller Lake Bath House

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Aileen Curfman

Aileen Curfman left a positive review 9/22/2018

We attended this activity because we recently needed to use a map and compass in the woods, and we found out the hard way we didn't really know how.

The ranger who led the class made sure everyone had a suitable compass and a map. Using a large mock compass as a teaching aid, she gave very clear, easy-to-understand instructions, step by step, she checked with each person to make sure we understood each step. After getting us familiar with the compass and the map, she showed us how to use them together. Then we did a few practice drills. Our mistakes could have been very frustrating, but the ranger taught with a smile, and her sense of humor lightened the load of learning a series of detailed steps that must be followed correctly. After the practice drills, she sent us out in teams to complete the park's orienteering course. It wasn't an actual competition, but the setup was like the one orienteering teams use in competitions. At 59 minutes for a 35 minute course, my husband and I wouldn't have taken home any medals, but we found all the points, and I will feel much more confident if I need to use a map and compass on a future hike.

We also learned a fun competitive sport that requires more mental skill than physical prowess (at least on this course). As we move into our later years, we will welcome this activity to replace our rigorous mountain hikes that are not well suited for "active seniors."

The ranger mentioned that King's Gap, 6 miles away, has 6 courses at various levels of challenge. I'm excited about going there and honing my new skills.

Aileen Curfman

Aileen Curfman left a positive review 9/22/2018

We attended this activity because we recently needed to use a map and compass in the woods, and we found out the hard way we didn't really know how.

The ranger who led the class made sure everyone had a suitable compass and a map. Using a large mock compass as a teaching aid, she gave very clear, easy-to-understand instructions, step by step, she checked with each person to make sure we understood each step. After getting us familiar with the compass and the map, she showed us how to use them together. Then we did a few practice drills. Our mistakes could have been very frustrating, but the ranger taught with a smile, and her sense of humor lightened the load of learning a series of detailed steps that must be followed correctly. After the practice drills, she sent us out in teams to complete the park's orienteering course. It wasn't an actual competition, but the setup was like the one orienteering teams use in competitions. At 59 minutes for a 35 minute course, my husband and I wouldn't have taken home any medals, but we found all the points, and I will feel much more confident if I need to use a map and compass on a future hike.

We also learned a fun competitive sport that requires more mental skill than physical prowess (at least on this course). As we move into our later years, we will welcome this activity to replace our rigorous mountain hikes that are not well suited for "active seniors."

The ranger mentioned that King's Gap, 6 miles away, has 6 courses at various levels of challenge. I'm excited about going there and honing my new skills.