Map Reading Made Easy for Juniors and Guardians


Our one-day beginners’ map-reading course for children (age 8 to 13) is a great start to exploring the world around you with a map and compass.

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24 September, 10am – 1pm

Meet at indoor range.

Our one-day beginners’ map-reading skills course for children and their guardians covers all you need to start your young ones off exploring the world around you with a map and compass. Great for families who regularly walk, camp and explore together and want to take the next step into understanding the great outdoors. Suitable for supervised children aged 8 to 13.

Saturday 24th September, 10am-1pm

Note: when booking above, make sure you select the date and time, even though there is only one date and time available – our booking system is a bit odd that way!

  • No experience needed
  • Help children learn to keep themselves safe when out exploring
  • Reduce reliance on smartphones
  • Build skills and independence for later life
  • Learn an extra skill for camping, hiking and kayaking trips
  • Interactive, expert instruction pitched at the right level for young people – all questions welcome!
  • Explore beautiful countryside at the weekend
  • Easy to get here by train from London, Colchester, Chelmsford, Marks Tey, Witham, Brentwood and Kelvedon

The three-hour group course is led by our head coach Mark and includes a talk, questions and answers, hands-on learning and a chance to practise your new navigation skills with a gentle walk around the stunning countryside surrounding the activity centre.

“Everything you need to understand the world around you can be folded down and put into your pocket.”

What’s covered:

  • How maps and compasses work
  • How to know which direction you’re going in and how far away something is
  • Why paper maps are still important (and useful!)
  • What the symbols mean on different OS maps (provided)
  • How to predict hills and slopes on your walk using a map
  • Finding and using landmarks to get your bearings
  • How to get yourself un-lost
  • Put your skills into practice on a walk following a paper map with your guide and parent/guardian

What to bring:

If you have your own compass and/or OS map and would like to use it, bring it. If not, don’t worry: we will provide maps and equipment for your use during the course.

  • Sunhat, suncream and/or raincoat – let the weather decide!
  • Comfortable, waterproof walking shoes
  • Flask or water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Arrive dressed for the activity

Can I drop my child off?

Sorry, this isn’t a drop-off session and we ask that an adult stays with the child for this course. You don’t need to pay for yourself – just the child taking part.

Do you offer this for teens/adults too?

This course is pitched for ages 8 to 13, but we offer a course for adults and teens (13+) too.

What is the group size?

The maximum group is six for this activity (you’re welcome to come as a one or two!).
If you are part of a club or organisation with more than six interested attendees, we may be able to arrange a separate exclusive date for you. Please contact us to discuss.


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