Family fun orienteering to Sawtell – News Of The Area

The BUSH ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club kicks off its 2022 season with a series of events at Sawtell.

Held at various Sawtell parks and preserves in March, the events include a ‘Very Easy’ online course for kids, families and beginners, as well as a more advanced ‘Score’ course.

“The ‘Line’ lesson is a great way to introduce young children to map reading,” said Secretary Helen O’Callaghan.

“In a small area, children will need to find a ‘control’ in numbered order on a map.

“At each ‘control’ there will be an orange and white orientation control flag and an electronic check-in system to record your visit.”

Orienteering is like a great treasure hunt and a fantastic activity for families.

Individuals or teams run or walk according to their choice of course.

“The ‘Score’ course is longer with a 60 minute time limit, but in this format you can choose the order in which you visit the controls.

“The goal is to get as many points as possible and different checks have different point values,” Helen said.

The Bush ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club will hold three orienteering races on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The events are all taking place at Sawtell, including Wednesday March 16 at Bayldon Road Reserve, Wednesday March 23 at Richardson Park and Wednesday March 30 at Boronia Park.

The cost is $8 per adult, $4 per child or $20 per family with a discount for those who are club members.

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Dino J. Dotson