Includes: orienteering, rogaining, large-scale orienteering, orienteering races, letterboxing, geocaching Outdoors, Adventure, Nature and the great outdoors

Activity time:
1 meeting


Print this activity pack

Go your own way

Grab your map and compass and head for somewhere new. Orienteering is a chance to explore, and test your sense of direction.


Orienteering - involves using map and compass skills to navigate from point to point, usually across unfamiliar terrain.

Similar activities include:

Letterboxing - girls seek out hidden boxes and collect the rubber stamps inside them.

Geocaching - girls use GPS receivers to find hidden boxes containing logbooks, and swap items they find inside.

To go orienteering, you will need to arrange a suitably qualified activity instructor and identify an orienteering course that is suitable for the age and abilities of the girls.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

The activity instructor should fully check the course in advance and brief group leaders about hazards, boundaries and accident procedures.

Instructor qualifications

The activity instructor must have a good understanding of orienteering that is relevant to the age and abilities of the girls, and to the terrain being navigated.

The activity instructor must be appropriately qualified to lead walking activities for the terrain in which the activity is taking place.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed
On easy or familiar terrain - for example the local park - there should be one instructor for every 20 participants. On more difficult or unfamiliar terrain, there should be one instructor for every 10 participants.

Girlguiding activity centres for orienteering

Blackland Farm
Blackland Farm
Сontact Information
Blackland Farm Grinstead Lane
East Grinstead
RH19 4HP
01342 810 493
Сontact Information
Girlguiding Foxlease Clay Hill
SO43 7DE
02380 282 638
Waddow Hall
Waddow Hall
Сontact Information
Girlguiding Waddow Hall Waddington Road
01200 423186