Category Archives: Orienteering

Virtual Orienteering Clinics

The Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central) at CFB Borden is organizing a series of virtual orienteering clinics, each consisting of three 90 minute Zoom sessions delivered by civilian partners (Ottawa Orienteering Club and Toronto Orienteering Club). These clinics are open to cadets at training level three and above. The session layout is as follows:

Session 1:

  • Foundations of orienteering (to include what the sport is about, safety, how to read a map and how to use a map)
  • Keeping in touch with your location and progress

Session 2:

  • Build on skills taught in Session one
  • Navigation off trails
  • Route choices
  • Use of a compass, including bearings

Session 3:

  • Succeeding in competitions
  • Common mistakes
  • Feature recognition and related skills
  • How to plan, set up and conduct practice activities and courses
  • Map resources for areas without access to orienteering maps

The next clinic will begin on the 17th of February (1830-2000) with two follow-up sessions spaced two weeks apart (3rd of March, 17th of March) to allow cadets to practice the skills they have learned.

The goal of this training is to provide senior cadets with tools and resources to develop orienteering training at the squadron. This will, in turn, provide resources to improve performance at the Area Orienteering competitions; which the unit hopes will resume next Fall.

If you’re interested, email me as soon as possible as space is limited. I’ll need the following information as part of your message:

  1. Confirmation that you have attended an Area Orienteering competition. (Note: Participation in a competition is not mandatory);
  2. Confirmation that you have a reliable, high-speed internet connection; and
  3. Your reason for wanting to take this training.

Let me know if there are any questions.

J Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS