There was a good turn out for part one of the navigation course; 10 adults and children. We could see that it was sunny outside but as this session was going to cover the absolute basics of navigation the classroom was the best place for us.
Here are a few of the things we covered; different maps for different purposes in different scales; contours and how to interpret them; setting the map with a compass; navigating the classroom with a hand drawn map; taking a baring; tricks for keeping on track.
The session lasted for two hours which was just about enough for everyone and was good preparation for the next session which is to be outside. People went away with some homework – to count how many double paces they took to cover a hundred metres and how many minutes it takes to walk one kilometre.
Everyone seemed enthusiastic about the next session.