Navigation Games provides direct support to the orienteering teams in the Cambridge Public School District and would love to help develop a team at your school. We are able to provide coaching education, practice plans, and materials to help your school.
Orienteering teams in Cambridge schools were launched in Fall 2017 and continue into the present season. In addition to a team at CRLS, there are middle school teams at CSUS, PAUS, RAUS, VLUS and Amigos.
Over the past few years, the CRLS team has competed in two National Championships. They most recently won the 2018 Junior National Varsity title, placed third in the JV category, and second place in Intermediate. The Cambridge Upper School teams have competed in a city-wide championship in both Spring and Fall of 2018, and will continue to do so in upcoming years. Team CSUS is the current reigning champion, but growing teams at all schools will prove to provide a competitive field in seasons to come.
For more information about the orienteering teams in Cambridge Public Schools or for help in starting your own team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a sampling of several activities we do with our school teams and programs. These activities are designed to teach skills in map reading, route planning, and spatial awareness, in addition to developing physical fitness. For more schoolyard orienteering activities, or questions about how to run a program, please contact us!
Even schoolgrounds in densely populated areas offer up plenty of fun orienteering opportunities! Set a regular point-to-point course, have your students run loops in different orders, or even have a relay competition, all using a map of your school. This type of activity best develops the ability to navigate while moving and learning how to plan ahead.
A point-to-point course at Cambridge Street Upper School.
While the point of orienteering is learning how to navigate using a map, there is a lot of benefit to memorizing the map as well. This type of activity encourages students to visualize the terrain around them and learn to focus only on the features most important to navigation while ignoring extraneous details.
Map segments attached to each even-numbered checkpoint
This exercise is designed to teach skills in finding diretion. Students can do this in the woods or a park, or even on an empety soccer field. The "map" contains no details, just lines and locations of the target checkpoints. At each numbered control there should be a flag or marker to help students identify if they have arrived at the correct point. Students start from the middle, and use the compass to turn their map until it is facing the correct direciton (north). Once the map is lined up, all of the checkpoints on the map should match up with the checkpoints scattered throughout the area. They can also practice this without the compass, and try to orient the map only be matching up the surrounding checkpoints. These exercises help develop spatial awareness, and encourage students to notice the spatial relationships between objects.
Example compass spider