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North East ISD - JROTC Orienteering Teams

Orienteering is for all ages and degrees of fitness and skill. It provides the suspense and excitement of a treasure hunt. The object is to locate control points by using a map and compass to navigate the outdoor terrain. Orienteering began in Scandinavia in the 1800s. By 1919 it had became a competitive sport in Sweden. It came to the United States in 1946 as a recreational activity and later became a competitive sport.

Competitive orienteering involves running from point to point. It is move demanding that road running, not only because of the terrain, but because the participant must make decisions, and keep track of the distance covered. Although orienteering challenges both the mind and the body, the competitor’s ability to think under pressure and make wise decisions is sometimes more important than speed or endurance.

There are different types of orienteering events that range from individual courses, to a relay event, to night competition. There is Route Orienteering, Line Orienteering, Cross-Country Orienteering and Score Orienteering .

The JROTC Department of the North East Independent School District plays host to two Score Orienteering Meets annually. Each event has a number of control points, each with a point value a specific start and finish point and specific time limit (usually 90 minutes). To ensure the safety and welfare of all participants the Districts require advanced participants to compete in pairs and the novice participants to compete in teams of four or five. All contestants/teams are required to have a compass, safety whistle, canteen of water, map with clues and score card before setting out on the terrain course. Orienteering is a part of the overall Geography and Earth Science curriculum.