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Orienteering Programs for Youth
Join Newton Parks & Recreation and Navigation Games for a 4 week program to develop orienteering and map reading skills. Play a variety of games to learn the skills needed in orienteering like staying within boundaries, reading a map, finding things in order, and develop decision making skills to locate objects in the fastest time. Different courses will be set up each week. This scavenger hunt-like activity will keep kids moving and exploring the great outdoors in a way that enhances spatial awareness, positive feelings around the outdoors and promotes environmental stewardship.
Our programs for 2nd - 6th grade will include a variety of games to prepare children for completing courses on the trails. Participants will be grouped with other participants and a program staff person to complete activities.
Our programs for 5th - 9th grade will focus on essential forest navigation skills, followed by orienteering games in which participants work together in small groups to find checkpoints in different game formats. Participants will go with a partner to complete courses on the trails. We recommend participants bring a cell phone in case they need to reach us when they are on the trails.