North Area Junior Training at Dulnain Wood,7th October, by Eva Wiseman

Thanks to Eva for sending in her experiences of the training day organized by Jess Tullie recently for North Area juniors. As Eva says, this is such a good opportunity and we'd urge any juniors who've never been to one before to try and make the next one which will be in the first part of 2018.

Here's what Eva has to say:

I really enjoyed the training day that Jess Tullie organised.  There were about 5 helpers and eighteen kids there, 8 Moravians as well as others from our neighbouring clubs and it was lots of fun, and I learnt a lot from it as well.

We did work on contours, first with dirt from Jess’s back garden making model landscapes, as we copied diagrams of contours using dirt! Next we went into the woods, where we did an exercise where you follow tapes to controls whilst looking at a blank map. When we reached the control, we had to use a pin to very accurately mark where this control was on the blank map!  I got most of them right- except for the wrong boulder in a boulder field!

After lunch we did some relay practice, as the Junior Inter Area Relays are coming up soon! We got into groups of two or three people (two doing light green, one doing orange), and then we ran one by one round a course and practised handing over. Some people did it backwards as we had done the course at a previous event (Jess had had to change everything at the last minute because we were double booked with a shooting party in the original woods!).

We also had a fun orienteering game at the end where we had a partner, and we ran one after one another around a clock faced shaped layout of controls with a plant pot to put at the control for the other team member!

I would highly encourage other juniors who are orange level or above to come to the next one, because you definitely learn a lot, make friends and it’s great fun!  We are so lucky having Jess, a world class orienteer, and other really good coaches, coaching us. Next time we might get to play sardines again which is the best game ever.

Thanks to Jess and all the other coaches, I’m looking forward to the next one already!

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Great report Eva!