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Orienteering Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Orienteering Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Orienteering merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Show that you know first aid for the types of injuries that could occur while orienteering, including cuts, scratches, blisters, snakebite, insect stings, tick bites, heat and cold reactions (sunburn, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, hypothermia), and dehydration. Explain to your counselor why you should be able to identify poisonous plants and poisonous animals that are found in your area.
Requirement 2: Explain what orienteering is.
Requirement 3: Do the following:
Requirement 3a: Explain how a compass works. Describe the features of an orienteering compass.
Requirement 3b: In the field, show how to take a compass bearing and follow it.
Requirement 4: Do the following:
Requirement 4a: Explain how a topographic map shows terrain features. Point out and name five terrain features on a map and in the field.
Requirement 4b: Point out and name 10 symbols on a topographic map.
Requirement 4c: Explain the meaning of declination. Tell why you must consider declination. Tell why you must consider declination when using map and compass together.
Requirement 4d: Show a topographic map with magnetic north-south lines.
Requirement 4e: Show how to measure distances on a map using an orienteering compass.
Requirement 4f: Show how to orient a map using a compass.
Requirement 5: Set up a 100-meter pace course. Determine your walking and running pace for 100 meters. Tell why it is important to pace-count.
Requirement 6: Do the following:
Requirement 6a: Identify 20 international control description symbols. Tell the meaning of each symbol.
Requirement 6b: Show a control description sheet and explain the information provided.
Requirement 6c: Explain the following terms and tell when you would use them: attack point, collecting feature, catching feature, aiming off, contouring, reading ahead, handrail, relocation, rough versus fine orienteering.
Requirement 7: Do the following:
Requirement 7a: Take part in three orienteering events. One of these must be a cross-country course.

Note to the Counselor: While orienteering is primarily an individual sport, BSA Youth Protection procedures call for using the buddy system. Requirement 7a can be completed by pairs or groups of Scouts.

Requirement 7b: After each event, write a report with (1) a copy of the master map and control description sheet, (2) a copy of the route you took on the course, (3) a discussion of how you could improve your time between control points, and (4) a list of your major weaknesses on this course. Describe what you could do to improve.
Requirement 8: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 8a: Set up a cross-country course that is at least 2,000 meters long with at least five control markers. Prepare the master map and control description sheet.
Requirement 8b: Set up a score orienteering course with at least 12 control points and a time limit of at least 60 minutes. Set point values for each control. Prepare the master map and control description sheet.
Requirement 9: Act as an official during an orienteering event. This may be during the running of the course you set up for requirement 8.
Requirement 10: Teach orienteering techniques to your patrol, troop or crew.