North stories

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Traçage du circuit


The target is to learn to orientate your map with only the compass.
Draw a route on a path and put a control at each intersection.

Make a blank map and extract each leg. At each control, the runner should use his compass to orientate his map and to know which path he should take.

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Blank map


  • boussole debutantTurn the extracts from the legs so that North is not always at the top of the sheet. The orientation of the map cannot be done with the route just taken
  • BOUSSOLEFollow the route in group on paths.
    Stop in the middle of each path at each change of direction and ask which path you are on (A, B, C, D or E)


Nathalie Rauturier

Numbered cones

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Set up a network of 17 cones. Number the cones on the drawing .
Print out cards by shifting the numbers of the cones. You get 16 different cards (see the example beside).
Hand out your cards. Call out a number. Each person has to go to the corresponding cone  ( nobody will be on the same one, except if you have more than 16 runners).


  • change the location of the start cone to confuse the runners (the orientation of the map has changed)
  • call out one number, then another one, without returning to the start

If you have 10 young people, hand out cards with numbers for the first cone, which “are following” each other ( 1,2,3 …). When you call “12” for example,  you will immediately see who made a mistake, because the runners should be on cones next to each other. It is convenient not to have to check that each person is at the right place.

Nathalie Rauturier

Magic square

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You need to set up 9 markers (cones ?), as shown on the right.

Follow the course below on these cones following these instructions:


  • The triangle is the central cone.
  • Featured imageWhen you have made your first move, the orientation of your map is determined
  • Follow the directions indicated without taking into account the distances
  • Keep going and if you are correct, you return to the central cone, the start

File with 7 courses


  • you can time the exercice
  • Here is another version. Be careful, the start and the finish are on the outside of the 3 by 3 square ( look at the file that shows the location of the cones). The orientation of the map is given by the start cone and the 3*3 square.
     Magic square

It is an easy way to introduce map orientation to beginners

Sandra Olivier (Rédaction: Nathalie Rauturier) Eric Brassart