Orienteering enthusiasts (from left) Maddie McCoy (Toowomba), Liam Devine (Toowomba), Heather Burridge (Brisbane), Jess Hoey (Inglewood), Simeon Burrill (Warwick), Alison Burrill (Warwick) and Amarina Haynes (Stanthorpe).
Orienteering enthusiasts (from left) Maddie McCoy (Toowomba), Liam Devine (Toowomba), Heather Burridge (Brisbane), Jess Hoey (Inglewood), Simeon Burrill (Warwick), Alison Burrill (Warwick) and Amarina Haynes (Stanthorpe).

Kids have fun at orienteering camp

KIDS love running around outdoors.

The adventure of getting lost in the wild and relying only on yourself excites the young.

While jumping over tree branches, ducking under bushes and running over open planes, some may be afraid of getting lost in the bush – not these kids.

They will learn the art of reading maps and compasses during this weekend's orienteering training camp near Leslie Dam.

The sport physically challenges participants during a race against the clock while also teaching navigational skills.

Different skill levels provide suitable challenges, starting from 10 year olds to people well in their 80s, leaving no age restrictions.

“Anyone can do it,” 12-year-old Simeon Burrill said.

“I like it because it is not like other sports. It is rare and there is nothing like it.”

Simeon, who has been orienteering for eight years, is training for the Queensland School Championships.

While many physical sports bear dangers such as severe injuries, this outdoor race is fairly harmless.

“It can be dangerous, but it isn't,” said Heather Burridge, an orienteering fan who travelled to Warwick from Brisbane.

While Simeon and Heather's knees are covered in scratches, long straps around the ankles provide extra safety when climbing on rocks or jumping over obstacles.

Participants are equipped with special maps and compasses which help them locate checkpoints they have to reach before they finish the race.

The youngsters are training for the Queensland School Championship on July 24-25 at Leslie Dam.



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