Being able to navigate is an essential outdoor skill for your family to have.
These lessons have many fun outdoor activities you can all do to learn or improve your navigation, understanding maps, and basic use of a compass.
How old do my kids need to be for the Family Navigation Lessons?
At a minimum, your kids need to be able to walk at least 1km or more.
The first two lessons are activities that you can do with young children. Later activities are best for older children.
You know your own kids, so do what you think will work well with them.
What will these activities teach my kids?
These activities cover Basic Navigation. That is, being able to relate what’s on a map with what is around them, the very basics of using a compass, being able to navigate from one place to another, and a few other useful tips too.
This is not an advanced navigation course. We don’t cover taking bearings and estimating the ground covered for example. However, these are good activities that you can do with your kids that will give them a good grounding in the basics, and get confident enough to use a map. These are essential skills to master, especially before tackling more advanced navigation topics.
Do I need to buy a lot of equipment for this challenge?
No. We keep things simple.
You will need to get a compass if you don’t already have one. We will give you some tips on what type of compass to get. However, you don’t need a compass to start with. That only comes in the lessons towards the end.
You will also need to get access to some Ordnance Survey Maps. However, there are options for that too. We’ll show you that in the lessons when they are needed. They are not needed at the beginning.
Why can’t I click on all the activities?
Activities only become available once you have completed the previous one. Complete the first activity, and then the second one will be available, and so on.
Activities are also only released at one per week. This is to give you enough time to complete an activity before jumping ahead to the next one.
We’ll send you an e-mail when a new lesson or activity is available, so you won’t need to keep coming back here to check.