The white course

The white course is the easiest standard orienteering course. It is suitable for adult and teenage novices, as well as for younger children who have developed the necessary skills. It is usually two to three kilometers long, just about right for a short hike.

Control markers on a white course are placed on major features such as trail junctions, streams, buildings or clearings. Navigation takes place along trails or streams, through fields, or in other simple areas.

Teenagers and adults should try the course singly or in groups of two or three at most. Younger children should be accompanied until they have learned to navigate by themselves.

White course at Weir Hill; map courtesy of NEOC c1994, reprinted with permission
A sample white course


Legend for an orienteering map