Updated October 18, 2012
Orienteering at Lancaster County Central Park
On a beautiful fall day Troop 205 took a group of 11 Scouts and one big sister to the Lancaster county
central Park for a day of wandering in the Woods. When we arrived Merle gave the new orienteers basic
instruction in basic navigation including how a compass works, how to orient your map to the ground
using your compass, and how to navigate with a topographic map and compass. Ethan and Nic then walked
the Scouts through their paces over a measured 100 Meter pace course and explained how their pace count
can be used to determine where you are or how far you have gone.
Then the fun began!.
Two teams of Scouts, Nic and Merle and Ethan, Eric, and Emma, went out at five minute intervals on the
advanced (Orange) course. This was the first year they all finished the advanced course, and they finished
in record time; both teams completed the 5.5 mile course over extremely difficult terrain, in approximately
The remaining Scouts; all on their first orienteering event went out in 3 separate
teams to challenge the intermediate (Yellow) course. Trevor and Renzo, Matt and Collin,
and the A team consisting of Andrew, Alex, and Devin left on 4 minute intervals to
challenge the park. The first team back was the A Team; they finished the three mile
course in about an hour and a half. Alex and Andrew demonstrated great initiative and
leadership by taking the initiative and going back out on the course to help guide the
other two teams through their remaining points. All of the scouts successfully completed
the Orienteering course in a little under three hours.
After their return Ethan and Nic sat down with Renzo, Devin, and Andrew to work on
a few remaining Scout Skills