Orienteering in Runnymede Park –

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By DullesMoms, Jan 2017

Navigation and map skills go hand-in-hand with traditional Scout activities. Orienteering, originally designed as military training in the late nineteenth century, gives Scouts and their families alike the chance to practice their skills, get a little competitive, and have fun!

Technically, orienteering is defined as a group of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. There’s even a whole site dedicated to orienteering, found here.

Runnymede Park, in the heart of Herndon, VA, boasts an Orienteering Trail open to the public. This trail has ten posts along a 1.75-mile course. Each post has QR codes for easy access to map and trail information, or click here for the map (download a smartphone QR reader to access the map from designated posts along the course).

Paper copies of the maps are in the kiosks throughout the park. However, it is always wise to print and bring your own in case the kiosks are empty. The first post and start of the course are visible from the entrance to Runnymede Park, next to kiosks. Plus, you can start the course from any post to add a more challenging variation.

Runnymede Park is located at 195 Herndon Pkwy, Herndon, VA 20170.

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