ORIENTEERING -- A SPORT FOR LIFE
ORIENTEERING is the skill of navigating through an unfamiliar area using a map and perhaps a magnetic compass. Many public parks and private camps are used as meet sites.
ORIENTEERING is an enjoyable, recreational activity for all ages, for both individuals and families. It offers a walk in the woods with a little added mental stimulation as you find your way from one point to another. The walk can be leisurely or brisk -- it's YOUR choice.
ORIENTEERING can also be a competitive sport, for those who wish to push themselves mentally and physically, and to compare their endurance and ingenuity with others -- it's YOUR choice.
The basic skills of reading the map and using a compass with it can be learned in an hour or so. Becoming an expert can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment.
At an orienteering meet the organizers place checkpoints called controls at designated land or man-made features. The locations of these features are marked on the orienteering map as numbered circles. The controls are three-sided orange and white nylon markers. Each marker has a unique code and an accompanying distinctive punch. The object is to use navigational ability to take the best route to each checkpoint, locate the control marker, punch your scorecard (called a control card) and arrive at the Finish line in the least possible time.
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POSSUM TROT ORIENTEERING CLUB, a non-profit organization, is a charter member of the United States Orienteering Federation, a Class C member of the United States Olympic Committee. PTOC serves the interests of orienteers in the Heartland Region by sponsoring local and regional events, producing detailed orienteering maps of public parks and private camps, and providing instruction in the sport of orienteering.