Youth Programs Overview
Under normal circumstances, Orienteering Ottawa offers three different youth programs for ages 6 to 18.
This fall (2020) however, we are offering a combined program for all youth under the age of 18 in order to simplify the logistics so we can focus on offering a safe and engaging program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are curious to know what our regular programming looks like, read on below.
All of our youth programs are offered together so you can sign up children for different programs without having to drive all over the city!
We offer our all our youth programs 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.
FUNdamentals (6-9 yo)
Our FUNdamentals program is our youngest program, offered for boys and girls 6-9 years old. Over the course of 8 weeks participants will learn map reading and navigation skills and improve their running, agility, strength, confidence in and enjoyment of the outdoors.
With a 1:3 or 1:2 ratio of adults to kids we provide fun games and activities in a safe wilderness environment in which kids can learn, play, and improve their basic sports skills (running, jumping, etc.).
Learn to Train (9-12 yo)
Our Learn to Train program is our youth orienteering program for boys and girls 9 to 12 years old. Over the course of 8 weeks participants will improve their map reading and navigation skills as well as their running, agility, strength, confidence in and enjoyment of the outdoors.
All Learn to Train participants will be guided by an experienced orienteering coach so that after one or two seasons they should be able to confidently navigate around novice level orienteering courses and more challenging park courses. More advanced Learn to Train level participants should be able to successfully navigate intermediate level orienteering courses (course that takes participants periodically off trails).
Adventure Program (10-18 yo)
Our Adventure Program is our new 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.