Orienteering for Schools

Orienteering is fun, educational and active.

It’s suitable for both primary and secondary students - from Year 4 to Year 12.

  • Orienteering helps students develop spacial awareness as well as learning to read maps and navigate. 
  • It exercises both the body and mind.
  • It teaches students about the countryside.

There are lots of ways for schools to make orienteering available to their students:

Anytime Orienteering Courses

Use our free Anytime Orienteering course kits at popular spots like Whiteman Park and Lake Leschenaultia.

In addition to the maps, the following guides (PDF format) should assist to get you started:

Anytime Orienteering - Getting Started Guide 
Anytime Orienteering - Orienteering Tips
Guidelines for Protection of People and the Environment

In-School Orienteering Sessions

You can run your own in-school orienteering sessions.

The first point of contact if you need our assistance is our Sporting Schools Manager, Jan Fletcher.
She can help with any Sporting Schools Grants you may want to make use of, and she will arrange any other services.
More information on In-School Orienteering Sessions is available here.

Orienteering Schools Championships

Each year, Orienteering WA organises the WA Schools Championships.
Primary and Secondary Schools compete on separate days - Secondary Schools in May; Primary Schools in August - to be State Champions for the year.
Competition can be very close.
Details are available here.

Sadly this year the COVID-19 situation has stopped these events happening

WA Schools Orienteering Team

Students have the chance to join the WA Schools Orienteering Team which competes at the Australian Schools Championships held in different states at the end of September/beginning of October each year.
Sadly, this event is also victim of the COVID-19 pandemic so students will have to wait until 2021 (if still of eligible school age) to participate in the Australian Schools Championships in Tasmania.

Junior Training Camp

Students (when members of Orienteering WA) can attend our annual Junior Training Camp run by qualified orienteering coaches at the start of the July holidays.


OWA Sponsors

Australian Sports Commission
Department of Local Government,Sport and Cultural Industries