Navigation Games is experienced in teaching lessons, leading activities, and designing lesson plans for use in schools by teachers and volunteers. We can come to your school to help!
We offer two primary programs: one-hour introductions (often done in physical education classes) and two-day immersions. We can also provide teacher workshops to give you the tools to teach orienteering on your own!
Grades K-5, for up to 20 students at a time. Activities include:
Animal Orienteering: Students match up animals on cards with corresponding pictures on cones scattered throughout an area. Skills learned: finding checkpoints, visiting checkpoints in order, spatial memory, agility, electronic punching.
Map Hide and Seek: We draw a map of the area with the students' input. We place objects and show their location on the map. Students take turns hiding objects and finding them usign the map. Skills: map reading, communication.
Grades 6-12, for up to 40 students at a time
Schoolyard or Park Orienteering: Students use a map to find checkpoints in order. Electronic timing and a leaderboard lend excitement to the activity.
A multi-day progression for an entire class or grade. The first day includes skill games and activities on the school grounds and/or a local park. The program culminates with a field trip to the forest for a team orienteering mission. We have worked with groups up to 100 students.
We provide materials, instructions and staff to oversee the programs. You supply teachers and chaperones to work with us, manage the children, and participate in the activities. We work with you ahead of time to optimize the program for your school or district.
We are avaiable during the school day throughout the school year. Contact us to learn more about what dates Navigation Games is available to work with your school.
Our rate for schools is $50/hr + $2/student/hr. A one-hour program for 25 kids is $100 (typically, we stack these back to back for a full schoolday). A two-day (12 hour) program for 100 students is $3000. We require a Certificate of Insurance naming Navigation Games as additional insured, or an additional $2 per individual student to cover our insurance costs.
If your school cannot afford the program, we will collaborate with you to find funding.
In addition, we recommend that you pay to make a good map of your school grounds or nearby park that meets orienteering mapping standards. We will connect you with mappers through Orienteering USA's map development program. Your staff will be able to use the map for orienteering activities beyond our program, and we will provide example lesson plans to accompany the map.
If you are interested in having Navigation Games help bring orienteering to your school, or if you have any other questions regarding our school programs, please do not hesitate to contact us!
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