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Orienteer Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

If you’ve qualified for the 2 Star Navigation Challenge certificate, you can automatically earn this badge.

Otherwise, here’s what you need to do to earn this badge.

  1. Learn about the map colours and common symbols used on an orienteering map.
  2. Orientate a map using either terrain or a compass. Learn how to navigate while keeping the map set to the ground. ‘Thumb’ the map to log your changing position.
  3. Complete three courses at orienteering events recognised by British Orienteering or another similar standard.
  4. Show you know the safety procedures, basic first aid, appropriate clothing and equipment for countryside navigation.
  5. Show that you know the Countryside Code.

Guidance for Leaders

For information on including orienteering in your programme, visit scouts.org.uk/a-z

Additional resources that may be useful, can be found below:


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility



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