The objective of this course is to develop and practise a range of navigational skills including both traditional and modern methods. This includes:
Using a compass for direction finding is one of the most important skills required for navigation. Basic sessions will include learning about the cardinal points of a compass and how to find north, whilst more advanced sessions will include taking and following bearings. Once learned, the skills are practised using activities including orienteering and treasure hunts.
Using a map to navigate can seem like a huge challenge. We break the map down into its various features, learning about map symbols, scale, contour lines and grid references. Maps can then be used to create and follow walking routes. Observation skills can be developed by challenging the students to create a map of their surroundings.
Tracking symbols (made from materials found in the local environment) are used to create and follow a route, starting with simple directional signs and moving on to more advanced symbols.