Experiential Learning Activities for Leadership- Team Orienteering Challenge
If you like being outside and exploring nature, then you will love the Team Orienteering Challenge at Lone Star Peak Performance. Using a map and your powers of observation and strategy, you’ll navigate through a course of checkpoints to the finish line!
Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves navigating a course using a detailed map and compass. During our experiential learning activities for leadership, your team navigates in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
Each point, or “control”, is a distinctly mapped feature, such as a boulder or hilltop, and is clearly marked. Your team will “punch” your route marker at each control to prove that you were there. The course at Lone Star Peak Performance is a point-to-point course so you must visit the controls in the prescribed order that you planned prior to starting.
We use staggered starts, to help ensure that you get to navigate on your own without interference or distraction from other participants. The route you choose to take between controls is up to you. Prior to starting, you select which way of traveling between controls will be the most efficient for your team.
Choosing your route is what makes orienteering a mental challenge. It is not enough to simply be able to move faster than other competitors, you must out-think them as well. Because of this, the Team Orienteering Challenge is often called the “thinking sport” because it involves map reading and quick decision-making.
Just like in the real world, your team will encounter some unexpected challenges and must quickly react to a rapidly changing environment to make it to the finish.Our experiential learning activities for leadership are loved by teams of all sizes, ages, and ability levels for the healthy intra-squad competition and sense of adventure it creates.