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ADK Wilderness Adventure: Orienteering

Long before there was GPS, there was the art and skill of using a map and compass. We teach this time-honored outdoor skill at our traditional summer camp as part of our Wilderness Adventure program; once campers know how a compass works, they’re absolutely fascinated with the concept of seeing where they are and where they’re going.

Orienteering is like cracking a code; campers master the compass, learn to orient maps, and decipher the mysteries of topographical maps. Putting it all together gives campers a clear perspective of the trip ahead, so it’s part of every trip orientation, plus used on the trail. Orienteering is one of those skills learned in childhood that can apply to life; it’s all about focusing on a destination, making good decisions when faced with a fork in the trail, and achieving one’s ultimate goal.

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