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Junior Pathfinders

We start with a brief safety talk, before we take a walk over to a quieter part of the wood. The children are introduced to the principles of navigation by using a map and compass. The first 40 minutes of this session are "classroom style": whilst we gain an understanding of how a compass works, and how to read and understand a map. There will be some straightforard games during this part of the activity to ensure the children have grasped the knowledge and this part of the activity requires the children pay attention! Then we will head off around some of the woodland trails testing out some of what we have learned: before navigating our way back to our start point!

We will cover: -

  • Features of the compass
  • Cardinal points
  • Romer Scales
  • Taking a bearing to a fixed point (magnetic)
  • Map Bearings
  • Grid referencing (6 & 8 figure)
  • Map scales & Legends

This activity suits ages 10 years and upwards.

Time span: 1.5 hours (usually): depending on what you wish. It can be made longer if you require.

Group size: up to 15 children. (With 1 adult for every 5 children.)

£230 for a 1.5 hour activity

Sessions generally last for 1 hour, but I am always happy to put together a longer activity to suit your requirements: this is your day, I will work with you to make it really special. Please contact me if you have a query.

Junior Trackers - sneaking up on Dad!


Sessions Times are available as follows: -

  • Weekdays - After School: 4pm till before last light (BST only)
  • Saturdays:10am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm (BST only);
    10am, 12pm and 2.30pm (Winter only)
  • Sundays: Afternoons 1.00pm and 3.30pm (BST only),
    12pm and 2.30pm (Winter only)
  • Parties at other times, or after school, by arrangement.

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