Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Vision 365 from the Swedish elite plan


I spent some time this morning sipping a cup of coffee and reading the Swedish O' Federation "elite plan." One of the themes of the plan is:

Vision 365 - We will improve and train following a holistic approach. The fire burns every day, year round. Every year we have 365 days to be better orienteers.

Within the document, the authors describe a "Vision 365" for different age groups, beginning with under 13. Here is what they wrote (roughly translated) for the under 13 age group:

Orienteering should be fun and something I can do every day that I want to. It is about playing and training with maps. I'm interested in maps. Maps are accessible. They are at home, on the kitchen table and under the bed. There are maps of different types of terrain in the areas near by. So I am able to play with maps and make up my own "competitions" and "treasure hunts" after school and on the weekends.

I've begun to draw courses on different maps, but I also like to draw my own fantasy-maps. I'm beginning to be able to visualize how the terrain will look when I look at a map. The forest maps can be difficult with the contours and all of the other details. If the area is more defined and concrete, I see concrete features that are on the map. I can make maps in small scales - like 1:500, 1:1000, or 1:2000 - using my own symbols in nearby areas. I'm already learning about what the contours mean, what a reentrant is, what a spur is, etc.

In some ways, I guess I'm like an "under 13 year-old." I'm sitting at my couch. I can see maps on the shelves on the other side of the room. There are maps in the cabinet next to the television. If it weren't for the house being unusually tidy (we're in the process of trying to sell our house, so it is always ready for a showing at a moments notice), it would be even easier to find some maps.

I'm planning to go out to play with maps in the forest this afternoon. I'll draw a long-ish course on a nearby map and run around in the woods (and in the rain/snow mixture that is falling right now).

I spent a little time yesterday drawing my own map. But, I was using the ISSOM instead of my own symbols.

Yep, I'm an under 13-year-old.

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posted by Michael | 11:58 AM


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