Navigation Games

We teach kids to orienteer!


Our fall Treasure Hunt and Map series ends with a spoooooky evening of orienteering at Danehy Park -- Vampire-O!  Join us for a traditional score-o event with some undead the beginning of the evening one participant will be chosen to be vampire and will try to catch all mortal beings.  If you get caught, you have to trade your progress for the vampire's empty card, and you become the new vampire until you tag someone else!  This event is great for all ages and orienteering experience levels, including families and advanced orienteers.  Make sure you register in advance!  You can find more information here.

Call for Volunteers

Navigation Games is looking for community members to deliver some of our class curriculums, and to serve as coaches for school teams. If you are interested in these opportunities, or if you are looking for other ways to get involved with orienteering in Cambridge, take a look at our volunteer opportunities!

Who is Navigation Games?

Navigation Games is a Cambridge-based non-profit with the mission of providing fun, education, and active outdoor experiences through the sport of orienteering. We believe orienteering is one of the best ways to not only encourage physical activity for youth, but also to provide experiences and an environment where they can develop important life skills as well. Our goal is to give every child in Cambridge the opportunity to experience orienteering, and provide additional programming and events for youth and community members who are interested in trying out our favorite sport!

What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a racing sport where participants use a map to find a series of checkpoints. There is no mandatory route, so it’s up to the participants to determine where they need to go and how they are going to get there. While orienteering is a competitive sport, many people take part simply for the joy of being outside and exercising their brains. It’s a fun, healthy, and educational activity for all ages and experience levels!

What do we Do?

Navigation Games develops and delivers lesson plans, education, programming, coaching, and events to schools, organizations, and the public. We have experience from working with schools to deliver programs and activities to hundreds of students from all age levels and backgrounds. We have created and coached 5 upper schools teams within Cambridge, host the Cambridge City Orienteering Championships, and coached the 2018 Junior National High School Varsity Championship team. We also conduct private events from birthday parties to corporate team-building programs.

In other words, wherever there is someone who wants to try orienteering, Navigation Games is there to make it happen.


Upcoming Navigation Games Public Events:

Date Event Location
Wed 23 Oct 2019 Treasure Hunt and Map Race MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA
Sat 26 Oct 2019 NEOC: Nobscot Night-O Nobscot Reservation, Framingham
Sun 27 Oct 2019 NEOC: Nobscot Fall Scout-O Nobscot Reservation, Framingham
Wed 30 Oct 2019 Vampire-O Danehy Park, Cambridge
Sun 03 Nov 2019 NEOC/CSU: Rocky Woods & Youth Series #3 Rocky Woods Reservation, Medfield
More local and regional orienteering events



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All Welcome!

Everyone is welcome at our public events; no experience necessary! We'll provide instruction and everything you need to try orienteering for the first time!

We teach kids to orienteer!

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School Teachers

Let us bring Navigation Games to you! Our experienced staff can help you develop orienteering programs for in-school activities, field trips, after-school programs, and more!


Children love the thrill of finding checkpoints! We have activities and clinics open to all beginners, kids and adults alike.


We're always looking for help with Navigation Games activities. Teaching clinics, setting courses, putting out controls, or anything you can do to help us out is greatly appreciated!

What is orienteering?








Orienteering is a sport where participants find checkpoints marked on a map. In other words, it's an awesome version of a scavenger hunt that's fun for all ages, and can be done casually or competitively. There are many different ways to orienteer, and many different activities that involve orienteering skills. Read more about our various navigation games.