Orienteering offers a family-friendly outdoor activity for the New Year

Along with the course, participants use a detailed topographic map of the park to find a series of checkpoints. A standard course usually consists of a start, a series of checkpoints or checkpoints marked with circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and a finish . There are usually eight to 15 checkpoints per course. The map is the main tool used by the participants. However, some participants may choose to use a compass.

“It’s a chance to get outside, exercise and burn off some of the calories they may have had the night before, and I hope they have a great time participating,” Minium said. .

How to get there

What: New Year’s Orienteering

Or: Camp Timberhill, 3976 Hamilton-Middletown Rd., just north of Hamilton.

When: Sunday, January 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., class of approximately one hour.

Event Fees: $10 for non-members (includes timing card and chip), OCIN members will receive a discount. A MetroParks of Butler County vehicle permit is required and can be purchased at the event. $5 per day, $10 per year, park permit is free for Butler County residents with ID.

More information: At www.OCIN.org, or by emailing Mike Minium at [email protected]

Dino J. Dotson