Orienteering at Bison Plant Trail

Orienteering at Bison Plant Trail

Eagle Scout Orienteering Event
March 12th 5:00-7:30 pm.
At the Bison Plant Trail, scouts will be there to teach and help.

When orienteering you use a compass to find different markers. A compass needs to be level so you need to make sure you are keeping it level, a bubble on the compass helps you know if it is centered.
On the first marker, it might have SE 340 degrees and 60 steps. The SE is the direction of the marker and the degrees is the exact direction of the marker. So get started in the right direction then line up your degrees. One step is equal to 3ft. So get the compass level get pointed in the right direction and line up the degrees and start walking. A nice thing to do is look at a stationary object in the direction you are going a good distance from your position so you don’t need to keep looking at your compass. Some times you are off a little and need to look around for the marker if you have no luck you probably need to go back to your previous marker and try again. If you are using your phone as a compass it may be a little bit off by 3 degrees, but the best thing to have is a Boy Scout compass.

 

Orienteering