Geneva Troop 5

Orienteering at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
January 19, 2002

Our January activity was to make use of the orienteering courses set up at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Here's some photos of that event. We split up into two groups, so most of the pictures will feature the same faces (with apologies to those in the other group.) You can click on any picture to see a high resolution image. Click the Back button to return to this page.
Jared, Chris, and Spencer study the map. This map is very detailed, with a scale of 600 feet to 1 inch. This is important as orienteering is all about route finding.
Chris decides to follow the frozen stream to our next objective. Not a good idea, as brambles hanging over the stream made passage difficult. You soon learn that the shortest route is not necessarily the quickest, and seldom the easiest!
Bill Qualls at one of the markers.
Chris is ready for a nap.
After the older scouts completed two courses, and the younger scouts completed one course, we were ready for lunch. Tracy White, Dale Blotter, and Cameron Phillips prepare lunch.
Dale Blotter provided a great lunch: gatorade, hot chocolate, hearty beef soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches. No one went hungry!
After lunch, the older scouts tried a harder course. The designated landmark was "boulder". Imagine using a map and compass to find a boulder in a forest preserve. It's not a trivial task!
We saw this cool beaver dam along the hard course.
Uncertain about the thickness of the ice on this stream, Spencer inches his way across.
Jared at one of the more remote markers.
In orienteering, the map is much more important than the compass. But for this (last) marker, we had to use the compass. We took a bearing, paced it off, and came right to the post!
Finish! A welcome sight!
Let's go home!
Copyright © 2002 by Bill Qualls (Assistant Scoutmaster).
Last updated January 19, 2002.
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