Folding the map parallel to your direction of travel


Kids and new orienteers should learn and build the habit of always folding the map parallel to their direction of travel in order to make it easier to automatically keep the map oriented and the key elements of the map map more easily readable. There are two key steps to this:

  1. Fold your map so your line of travel (often the pink line between controls or a handrail) has the fold running parallel to it (approx. 1-2 inches). This fold should be on the side with which you are holding the map. I.e. If you hold the map in your left hand you should have the map folded 1-2 inches to the left of your line of travel.
  2. Orient yourself and the map (the line/handrail should still be sticking straight out from your tummy) to the terrain


The following links point to resources that have been collected and are relevant to this skill (?).

BingO activity


Description of a BingO variation (score-o style) of fun orienteering at