REQUIREMENTS were REVISED effective January 1, 2004

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  1. Show that you know first aid for the types of injuries that could occur while orienteering, including cuts, scratches, blisters, snakebite, insect stings, tick bites, heat and cold reactions (sunburn, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, hypothermia), and dehydration. Explain to your counselor why you should be able to identify poisonous plants and poisonous animals that are found in your area.
    Explain what orienteering is.
  2. Explain what orienteering is.
    1. Point out and name five major terrain features on a map and in the field.
    2. Point out and name 10 symbols often found on a topographic map.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Explain how a compass works. Describe the features of an orienteering compass and their uses.
    2. In the field, show how to take a compass bearing and how to follow one it.
  4. Do the following:
    1. Explain how a topographic map shows terrain features. Point out and name five terrain features on a map and in the field.
    2. Point out and name 10 symbols on a topographic map.
    3. a. Explain the meaning of declination. Tell why you must consider declination must be taken into consideration when using a map and compass together.
    4. b. Show Provide a topographic map of your area with magnetic north-south lines.
    5. c. Show how to transfer a direction on a map to your measure distances using an orienteering compass.
    6. Show how to orient a map using a compass.
  5. Set up a 100-meter pace course. Determine your walking and running pace for 100 meters. Tell why it is important to pace-count.
    1. Show how to measure distances, using a scale on an orienteering compass.
    2. Set up a 300m pace course. Figure out your running pace for 100 meters.
  6. Do the following:
    1. Explain a descriptive clue. Tell how it is used in orienteering.
      Identify 20 international control description symbols. Tell the meaning of each symbol.
    2. Explain how to use an attack point. Describe the offset technique. Tell what is meant by collecting features.
      Show a control description sheet and explain the information provided.
    3. Explain the following terms and tell when you would use them: attack point, collecting feature, aiming off, contouring, reading ahead, handrail, relocation, rough versus fine orienteering.
  7. Do the following:
    1. Take part in three orienteering events. One of these must be a cross-country course.
    2. After each course event, write a report with
      1. a copy of the master map and descriptive clues control description sheet ,
      2. a copy of the route you took on the course,
      3. a discussion of how you could improve your time between control points, and
      4. a list of your major weaknesses on this course . Describe what you could do to improve.
  8. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Set up a cross-country course of at least 2,000 meters long with at least five control markers. Prepare the master map and control description sheet. Mark the descriptive clues.
    2. Set up a score-orienteering course with 12 control points and a time limit of at least 60 minutes. Prepare the master map and control description sheet. Set the descriptive clues, and point value for each control on this course.
  9. Act as an official during an orienteering event. (This may be during the running of the course you set up for requirement 8.)
  10. Teach orienteering techniques to your patrol, troop or post crew.

Note to the Counselor:
While orienteering is primarily an individual sport, BSA Youth Protection procedures call for using the buddy system. Requirement 7a can be completed by pairs or groups of Scouts.

BSA Advancement ID#: 80
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2003
Requirements last updated in 2004

Page updated on: November 18, 2021

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