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Permanent course at Yankee Springs.

Orienteering Instruction

  • What Is Orienteering? An introduction to orienteering: what it is, how to do it, where to get equipment, and more.
  • Orienteering for the Young. Orienteering teaches fitness and technical and conceptual skills, so it's not surprising that there is a great deal of interest in introducing orienteering to youth. Check out James Baker's coverage of the subject here.
  • How to Use a Compass. An illustrated guide by Kjetil Kjernsmo.

Orienteering Organizations

Related Outdoor Activities

SMOC Member Sites


Orienteering Is

Orienteering is a sports that combines navigational skills, using a highly detailed map and a compass, to navigate through diverse and often unfamiliar terrain and visit control points in sequence.


Rain (snow) or Shine

Southern Michigan Orienteering Club races go on despite the weather.



Orienteering maps are a very detailed topographic map. They show such things as vegetation density, water features, trails, roads, ditches, pits, fences, buildings, boulders, and many other features of the terrain.



Want to try orienteering? Free instruction is available at all meets, just ask when you sign in. You may rent a compasses for a nominal fee