Try something new this summer. Newcastle Orienteering Club is offering FREE Mini (and Micro) courses for juniors, families and novices Wednesday afternoons in summer. It’s a fun opportunity for kids who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go. These are on non-competitive short courses and are suitable for kids and first-timers.
Orienteering is a navigation-based family sport where you use a detailed map to locate control points. It’s a great way to get kids off screens and out doing something fun and active.
There are lots of benefits to orienteering.
- Physical activity helps maintain or increase fitness
- Builds independence and teaches self-reliance
- Outdooors so reduced screen time for young eyes
- Sharpens decision making skills
- Meet other people with similar interest
In this Come and Try series, families can navigate and explore their way around the Parklands and urban environments of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. It’s a bit of exercise, a bit of geography and a bit of Amazing Race..and a lot of fun on your own or with a group!
Line courses are approximately 1km in length for mini courses and 0.5km for micro courses and have easy navigation. No street crossings will be required. A compass is not required. This series uses electronic flags / stands and electronic punching. Basic tuition is available.
The series starts now:
Dates/Locations (check close to date for any changes)
- Wednesday 2 February – Raymond Terrace
- Wednesday 16 February – Kurri Kurri
- Wednesday 23 February – Cooranbong
- Wednesday 2 March – Stockton
- Wednesday 9 March – Robinson Avenue, Lambton at Streeton Place
- Wednesday 16 March – Styles Point, Rathmines
- Wednesday 23 March – Eucalyptus Cct, Warabrook
- Wednesday 30 March – Richley Reserve, New Lambton (off Queens Rd)
Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm.
Adult supervision is recommended. Younger children should be shadowed by parents / caregivers.
Newcomers are welcome. You do not need to be a club member to do any of the courses.
No registration is required. Just show up on the day. (Be sure to check the Newcastle Orienteering Club Facebook page for updates)
Some Newcastle schools are now offering orienteering as a sport option or as part of the after school activity program.
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