Schools Orienteering Resources

Content for this section is still being developed.

Orienteering for Schools Manual

  • Kiwi-O Manual 2014 (PDF 1.13MB) – Orienteering for Schools. For a minimum preparation, minimum equipment, minimum cost orienteering programme in primary and intermediate schools. (Note: A5 page size)

Understanding the Map Resources

Orienteering Maps

Sprint Orienteering Maps

Other Orienteering Maps

IOF Control Descriptions example

Control Descriptions Reference

International Specification for Control Descriptions (PDF)

Orienteering is a worldwide sport. It is the aim of the IOF control description symbols to provide a stable means for orienteers from all countries to be able to understand control descriptions without ambiguity or the need for language translation. This booklet shows how the symbols can be used to do this.


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  • Control Aide android app is made for both emerging orienteers and long time veterans with the intention to make reading control descriptions like second nature. It aims to achieve this through repetition but also has a useful index to look up and learn any orienteering symbol.
    Control Aide on Google Play

School Abbreviation List

Here is a list of abbreviation codes for school if you wish to include these in our timing systems


External Resources


Orienteering for beginners – by Alexander Lines (aged 11) – a short introduction to orienteering.

10 Elements of Orienteering – videos from Irish Orienteering Association.

ONZ News tagged with 'Schools'