Welcome to the Human Kinetics website click here to continue.

If you are outside UK, Europe or the Middle East, please click here to be redirected to our US website.

Discovering Orienteering

Discovering Orienteering


Available As


    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.

    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

    Appendix A Exercises for Teaching Orienteering Skills, Techniques, and Processes
    Appendix B Competition Analysis
    About Orienteering USA
    About the Authors