These were the REQUIREMENTS before the REVISIONS
which were made on January 1, 2004.
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the CURRENT requirements
- Explain what orienteering is.
- Point out and name five major terrain features on a
map and in the field.
- Point out and name 10 symbols often found on a topographic
- Explain how a compass works. Describe the features of
an orienteering compass and their uses.
- in the field, show how to take a compass bearing and
how to follow one.
- Explain the meaning of declination. Tell why declination
must be taken into consideration when using a map and compass
- Provide a topographic map of your area with magnetic
- Show how to transfer a direction on a map to your compass.
- Show how to measure distances, using a scale on an orienteering
- Set up a 300m pace course. Figure out your running pace
for 100 meters.
- Explain a descriptive clue. Tell how it is used in orienteering.
- Explain how to use an attack point. Describe the offset
technique. Tell what is meant by collecting features.
- Do the following:
- Take part in three orienteering events. One of these
must be a cross-country course.
- After each course, write a report with
- a copy of the master map and descriptive clues,
- a copy of the route you took on the course,
- a discussion of how you could improve your time
between points, and
- a list of your major weaknesses on this course .
Describe what you could do to improve.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Set up a cross-country course of at least 2,000 meters
long with five control markers. Prepare the master map.
Mark the descriptive clues.
- Set up a score-orienteering course with 12 points and
a time limit of 60 minutes. Prepare the master map. Set
the descriptive clues, and point value for each control
on this course.
- Act as an official during an orienteering event. (This may
be during the running course you set up for requirement 8.)
- Teach orienteering techniques to your patrol, troop or post.
BSA Advancement ID#: 80
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1992
Requirements last updated in 1982