Discovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, And Activities by Charles FergusonDiscovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, And Activities by Charles Ferguson

Discovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, And Activities

byCharles Ferguson, Robert TurbyfillEditorCharles Orienteering Usa

Paperback | March 26, 2013

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Engaging the mind and toning the body, orienteering offers a mind–body workout that builds confidence, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for the natural environment. Written in an engaging manner, Discovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, and Activities offers a systematic approach to learning, teaching, and coaching orienteering. Discovering Orienteering presents the basic skills and techniques of the sport for beginners. It also functions as a review for advanced orienteers, featuring stories of orienteering experiences to illustrate the fun, challenge, and adventure of the sport.

An excellent resource for physical educators, recreation and youth leaders, and orienteering coaches, Discovering Orienteering distills the sport into teachable components relating to various academic disciplines, provides an array of learning activities, and includes an introduction to physical training and activities for coaching beginning to intermediate orienteers. Guidelines take eager beginners beyond the basics and prepare them to participate in orienteering events. More than 60 ready-to-use activities assist educators in applying the benefits of orienteering across the curriculum.

Developed in conjunction with Orienteering USA (OUSA), Discovering Orienteering addresses the methods, techniques, and types of orienteering commonly found throughout the United States and Canada. Authors Charles Ferguson and Robert Turbyfill are experienced orienteers with expertise as trainers and elite competitors. Ferguson and Turbyfill also have backgrounds in education with a variety of teaching experiences, lending to the book’s utility as a resource for introducing orienteering in a physical education or youth recreation setting.

Discovering Orienteering begins by explaining the basics of orienteering, including a brief history of the sport followed by information on fitness, nutrition, safety, and tools and equipment. After this introduction, readers learn orienteering skills, techniques, and processes using the OUSA’s systematic teaching and coaching methodology.

Next, readers learn how to apply these skills, techniques, and processes to an event situation. Orienteering ethics and rules are discussed, including the ethical use of special equipment. Information is also included to help readers prepare for and compete in an orienteering event.

Activities in the appendix are presented in a concise lesson plan format indicating the skills or techniques covered in the activity, level of expertise required, and equipment needed.

Discovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, and Activities offers an excellent introduction to the sport for beginniners and a comprehensive resource for educators, youth leaders, and coaches. With its systematic approach, Discovering Orienteering can help readers chart a course to fun and adventure in the great outdoors.

Founded in 1971, Orienteering USA is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting orienteering as a viable and attractive recreation choice for outdoor enthusiasts; increasing awareness of orienteering as a tool for education, personal development, and environmental awareness; and improving the...
Title:Discovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, And ActivitiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Human Kinetics, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0736084231

ISBN - 13:9780736084239

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Orienteering

What Is Orienteering?

Why Learn to Orienteer?

Basics of Orienteering

Benefits of Orienteering

Places to Orienteer

History of Orienteering

What Orienteering Is Not

Coaching Certifications

Learning to Orienteer Systematically


Chapter 2. Fitness, Nutrition, Equipment, and Safety







Never Get Lost Again


Chapter 3. Map and Compass



Map or Compass?


Terrain and Ground


Chapter 4. Navigational Skills

Estimating Distance by Measure and Pace

Map Reading

Precision Compass Reading

Rough Compass Reading

Orienting the Map

Putting the Skills Together


Chapter 5. Techniques

Finding Attack Points

Aiming Off

Collecting Features by Thumbing Along

Catching Features

Following Handrails

Using the Techniques With the Skills

Teaching Tips


Chapter 6. Processes

Orienting the Map


Selecting the Route

Developing Map Memory



Chapter 7. Ethics, Integrity, and Rules

Exhibiting Integrity

Ethical Assistance to Other Competitors and Environmental Stewardship

Ethical Use of Special Equipment


Chapter 8. Preparing Before an Event

Find an Event

Choose a Course

Gather Your Equipment

Dress Properly

Know Your Start Time

Pick Up Your Meet Packet

View the Finish Location

Study the Competition Map


Chapter 9. Getting Ready to Start Your Course

Study Your Control Description Sheet

Fold Your Map Properly

Scope the Map

Prepare Your Scorecard

Teaching Tips


Chapter 10. Running the Course

At the Start Line

On the Course

At the Finish Line

Record Notes on Your Map

After the Event

Assess Personal Performance


Editorial Reviews

"Build your orienteering skills quickly using Ferguson and Turbyfill’s system, which is sequential, logical, and thorough. Using Discovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, and Activities, you’ll be ready to head off trail in a matter of days with confidence and enthusiasm."Mary Jo Childs-- Author, Coaching Orienteering, U.S. Orienteering Team Member, 1989 World Orienteering Championships "I have taught the National Park Service's Basic Search and Rescue course with Chuck Ferguson. I highly recommend Discovering Orienteering for improving land navigation skills, whether you are in search and rescue or the military; or you are a park ranger, hiker, or bird watcher; or you just love the outdoors and want to get into the middle of it."Dan Pontbriand-- Retired Chief Park Ranger and Former Chief of Emergency Services, National Park Service "Using these precepts, Coach Ferguson had our team of inexperienced orienteers soaring in an international NATO military competition in Denmark, capturing a long-sought-after first-place novice win. I have long used these skills and techniques in teaching Navy SEALs, so I endorse them fully."Grant Staats-- Commander, Navy SEALs and U.S. Navy Reserve, Team Captain, U.S. CIOR Team "This book provides a great baseline for anyone learning how to navigate and is an excellent complement to current military instruction. Using direct language and often hilarious anecdotes, Chuck has pared down land navigation to its essence, making an outstanding supplement for both beginning students and seasoned operators."Christopher Nelson-- Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Land Navigation Instructor, The Basic School