2020 Programs

Registration is now closed for the season for the Junior Program, Navigation 101 and Navigation 201.


The Yukon Orienteering Association strives to offer programs for all ages and abilities.

Junior Program

We are pleased to offer an expanded junior program this year. The program will be designed for an accompanying adult and junior(s) within the same household to do the course together. An accompanying adult from your household in the forest is mandatory. This adult need not have orienteering experience but must be comfortable going into the forest with their junior. There will be some instruction and exercises available for novice accompanying adults. The adult must have submitted a completed paper waiver form and be a member of the YOA ($5).

Three age groups/skill levels will be offered. Value skill over age when choosing a level. If at any point the exercises are too easy or too hard you can change groups.

Kids Running Wild

Ages 7-9, designed for participants with some or no orienteering experience. The goals of this group are to get comfortable in the forest and to learn the basic skills of orienteering so that individuals can complete a beginner course with some help from an adult.

Yellow Squad

Ages 10-13, designed for participants with some or no orienteering experience. The goals of this group are to learn the basic skills of orienteering so that individuals can complete a beginner course confidently by themselves and an intermediate course with some help.

Orange Squad

Ages 13-15, designed for those with previous orienteering experience. The focus of this group is on training and practicing to improve. There is a large emphasis on learning new orienteering skills to be able to complete an intermediate or advanced course confidently by themselves.

The program will run from the week of May 11th to the week of June 15th (6 weeks). The program will consist of three parts for each of the above-mentioned groups:

  • An approximately 45 min forest exercise designed for family units to complete together, following Health advisories. Instructions will be given for accompanying adults, who will be out in the forest with their junior but may not have orienteering experience themselves. The exercise will available for completion for a period of one week.
  • An at-home exercise sent via email/collected from the map-drop each week, which should be able to be completed with minimal/without adult help.
  • A one hour zoom call to discuss the forest exercise and complete some other small orienteering related exercises as a group. This is to attempt to maintain the social aspect of orienteering.

Your coaches are Pia Blake and Leif Blake, both local orienteers with several years experience coaching, and competing internationally on Canadian national teams.

For parents/guardians with no experience orienteering, a coach will be available to answer any technical orienteering questions you may have and to help you feel comfortable going out orienteering with your children.

Cost will be $100 per junior which includes entry and maps for all regular events for the 2020 season. Juniors and accompanying adults must be YOA members ($5). If you have questions about the junior program, please e-mail juniorcoach(at)yukonorienteering(dot)ca

New for 2020, this program is intended for adults new to orienteering. The program will develop your understanding of the theory and skills necessary for navigation in any context (backpacking, canoeing, skiing, orienteering etc.) There will be weekly zoom meetings with your to discuss and practice theory, then a navigation exercise to practice on your own between meetings (special arrangement owing to Covid-19 restrictions). Each exercise will be available for a period of one week, and may completed at your leisure. Lessons will focus on the basics of map interpretation, orientation techniques, compass bearings and visualization. Your coach is Colin Abbott, a local orienteer with many years experience competing and coaching in Yukon.

The program will run from the week of May 11 to the week of June 29 (8 weeks). The cost is $80. You must also be a YOA member ($5 for the year). This training program does NOT include prepaid events.

For more information about this program, please e-mail adultcoach(at)yukonorienteering(dot)ca

This program is intended for adults with a basic understanding of orienteering who are looking to challenge themselves, improve their skills, and enjoy themselves in the woods. The program will include pre-planned, self-directed training sessions with followup via email or video conferencing with your coach. Each exercise will be available for a period of one week, and may completed at your leisure. Your coach is Colin Abbott, a local orienteer with many years experience competing and coaching in Yukon.

The program will run from the week of May 11 to the week of June 29 (8 weeks). The cost is $80. You must also be a YOA member ($5 for the year). This training program does NOT include prepaid events.

For more information about this program, please e-mail adultcoach(at)yukonorienteering(dot)ca

Red Squad

The Red Squad is for advanced orienteers, aged 17 and up, who are interested in more technical training. This is the place for juniors wanting to get to the next level, or adults wanting to hone their skills. For the last several years, the Red Squad has been engaged in self-directed training exercises on a near-weekly basis. This organic approach will continue this summer with a few tweaks to accommodate Covid-19 restrictions. Members are expected to take turns arranging events, but there is always help available. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact redsquad(at)yukonorienteering(dot)ca

Teleconference Schedule

The Zoom app is available for Android and iOS.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
KRW3:45PM-4:45PM
6:30PM-7:30PM
3:45PM-4:45PM
Yellow6:30PM-7:30PM5:15PM-6:15PM
6:30PM-7:30PM
Orange4:00PM-5:00PM4:00PM-5:00PM
Parent Support5:00PM-6:00PM
Navigation 1015:00PM-6:00PM(5:00PM-6:00PM)
Navigation 2016:30PM-7:30PM


Please also check our Calendar of Events for details on our regular Wednesday Night Meets, and also consider our Yukon Championships, both of which welcome newcomers.