Adventure Program (10-18 yo)

COVID-19 Update

Updated 2020-08-28

We are pleased to announce that we will be running youth programs this fall starting on Saturday September 19th! Because there are significant changes to the way we are running these programs the information is on a separate page. 

See COVID-modified programs.

If you are curious to know what our regular program looks like, read on below. Note that this info was last updated in the spring. 


Our Adventure Program is our non-competitive orienteering program for youth ages 10-18.

The program has been designed for teenagers that are new to orienteering and/or don’t want to be in the Train to Train racing program but want to continue orienteering past the Learn to Train program.

As a non-competitive program the primary focus is on providing a fun social setting while teaching orienteering skills and providing fun orienteering and adventure sport challenges that push participants’ boundaries.

While participants can expect to learn orienteering navigation and trail and off-trail running skills this program does not place a large emphasis on goals related to skill development. Nonetheless, participants can expect to learn about some of the following (we can only cover so much in 8 weeks and will learn about different things each season):

  • Trail running techniques
  • Off-trail running skills
  • Basic map reading skills
  • Reading contours
  • Compass use
  • Safety bearings and relocation techniques (i.e. what to do if you are lost)
  • Preparing for the backcountry

All of our programs are aligned with Orienteering Canada and Sport for Life's guidelines for age appropriate sport and orienteering. 

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Have younger kids or want to try orienteering yourself? Our Adventure Program is offered at the same times and locations as our FUNdamentals program for 6-9 year olds, our Learn to Train program for 9-12 year olds and our Basics and Beyond introductory program for adults.

Times and Locations

We offer our Adventure Program twice a year, with a spring season and a fall season.
Each season runs for 8 weeks and visits two different venues for 4 weeks each.

For some of our locations, we offer sessions in several time slots. When you register, you can specify which time and location you are signing up for.

Spring 2020 (April - May)

Locations Times Dates Venue 1 Venue 2 Events and Competitions
Ottawa East Monday evenings, 6:30 April 6, 13**, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18**, 25 

Green's Creek south (from Tauvette St)*
(April  6 - 27)

Bilberry Creek (from l'École élémentaire catholique Reine-des-Bois)*
(May 6 - 27)
Free family pass entry to Pinhey’s Point Family Day (details tbd).
Free family pass entry usable at any one of our regularly priced events.
Ottawa West Tuesday evenings, 5:00 OR 6:30 April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  Wesley Clover Parks Campground* (April 7 - 28)
Meet at the Kanata Nordic / lower campground parking lot just east of the top of the hill.
Bell Centennial Arena* (May 5 - May 26)
Meet at the trailhead at the end of the gravel parking lot on Bruin Ln.
Free family pass entry to Pinhey’s Point Family Day (details tbd).
Free family pass entry usable at any one of our regularly priced events.

Fall 2020 (September - October)

For info about Fall programs see our COVID-modified programs page.

*We are still confirming permits for these venues for the spring season. 

** East end programs WILL run on Holiday Mondays. 

Info Sessions

Each season we offer a free info session 1 or 2 weeks prior to the start of our programs. These sessions are designed for parents and children alike.  For parents we discuss our various youth programs and offer a chance to ask any questions you might have. For children we offer an hour of program activities with some of our experienced coaches.

For the 2020 spring season we have one info session organized:

Monday, March 30, 6:30-7:30pm in Orleans

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-7:30pm at Wesley Clover Parks


As the Adventure Program is non-competitive there are no structured competitions built into the program and no mandatory events.

Participants will be encouraged to do participation events like the  Challenge the GATs Rogaine (en français) and others identified for each season if they wish.

Coaching support will be provided for these events if a program coach is available to do so (we may need to charge additional fees depending on the event situation).

Registration includes a free family day pass to one of our seasonal Family days (at Pinhey’s Point in the Spring or our Vampire-O in late October) and a free family pass to one of our Sunday morning Spring or Fall series events.

Coming Prepared

Please bring the following with you to the program each week:

Running shoes
Trail running shoes with a good tread are ideal. Please do not come in rubber boots. You will slip all over the place and there is a good chance you will get water over the top of them which then fills up the boot and doesn't drain.
Long running pants
We recommend your child wear some sort of full-length athletic pants because we will be running in long grass and in the woods which like to scratch at bare legs.
Clothes that can get dirty
Remember to dress ready to run in clothes that are appropriate for the weather. It is likely to vary greatly throughout the season so check the forecast before you leave home. We guarantee that you will get to enjoy the mud at least once!
Water bottle
There will be a spot you can leave water bottle for the hour so you won't need to carry it with you.
A basic precaution for all Orienteering Ottawa events and programs.
Headlamp (fall only)
Your headlamp should be at least 120 lumens.
A sense of adventure!
Do we really need to explain this one?

Coaching and Volunteering

We are always looking for help coordinating groups during practice. If you are interested in volunteering and enjoy running (or even if you don't), please join us! You will be able to let us know your volunteer preferences when you register for the program.

There are three roles we are looking for help with for our youth programs.

Group coach
Group coaches are responsible for delivering the material provided in the lesson plan by the head coach and works with the group assistants to lead a group of 10-15 kids.
Group assistant
Group assistants work with the group coach to make sure everyone in the group is present at all times, marshal kids where needed and keep the program running smoothly. For the Adventure Program we aim for a ratio of 1 adult to 6 youth.
On site assistant
On site assistants are responsible for making sure everyone gets checked in and out, keeping an eye on equipment at the meeting point and pointing people in the right direction if they are running a little late.

If you don't feel prepared to help out, but still want to get involved, consider joining our Basics and Beyond program for parents and others new to orienteering. In 8 weeks you'll be brought up to speed while your kids enjoy their own fun-filled program.

Note: All parent volunteers will be asked to fill out a screening disclosure form prior to working with the kids in the program. We will provide this to you prior to the start of the program.

Want to see more about our coaching plan (and our approach to coaching)?  Check out our coaching plan and philosophy document.

Weather and Safety Policies

All of our programs are rain or shine (or snow or wind…). Only in the event of dangerous conditions arising due to an electrical storm or other extreme weather will a program session be canceled, in which case we will send out an e-mail two hours prior to the start of the session.

There are a few risks to be aware of when playing and spending time wild areas in the outdoors. The major ones in the Ottawa area are ticks, poison ivy, and wild parsnip. We will teach about basic safety precautions in the first week of the program. It’s also a good idea to read through our safety page (page de sécurité et éthique).

To see the club’s full weather policy as well as our program behaviour and safety policies check out our policy manual.


All official communication for this program will be done via e-mail. We will be adding you to an e-mail list after you sign up. Please do not unsubscribe from this list as you will no longer receive important notification about the program. We clear the list at the end of each season before adding the next season’s participants to the list.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation when you register.

You can also expect to receive e-mails 3 weeks and 1 week before the start of the program with pre-season program information and details.

Note that program e-mails are sent from a mail list server and some email systems will sort our e-mails (at least at first) into junk or spam boxes - please check for these e-mails there if you don't get them when you expect to.

Registration info


Spring registration is closed. 

Fall registration will open in June.

Cost: $130 per child per season (includes a $6.40 online registration fee)

This cost includes:

  • 8 one hour program sessions over 8 weeks
  • An annual Orienteering membership ($10 value) which provides you with discounts on club events
  • 1 Family pass entry to our seasonal Family Day (see included events above)
  • 1 Family pass entry usable at any one of our Sunday morning Spring or Fall Series events (see included events above) ($32 value)

Note: All participants (parents) will need to agree to a standard waiver declaration at the first program evening.

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