Aug 11-15: Hidden Lakes, Magnusson parking, Grey Mtn Rd — Aug 17: Yukon U
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2022 Programs

The online registration for YOA membership, season's passes and junior/adult programs is now open. Please click here.

Information about specific programs can be found at the links below:

Unfortunately, we are not offering the Kids Running Wild program at the moment owing to insufficient coaching staff. We will try to clarify the situation as soon as possible.


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


Registration

Online registration for membership and programs is available at this link.


Weekly Schedule

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Yellow5:30-6:30pm5:30-6:30pm
Orange5:30-6:30pm
Navigation 1017:00-8:00pm
Navigation 2016:30-7:30pm
YOA B-meets6:00-8:30pm

Junior Program

We are pleased to continue offering junior programs this year. Due to the easing of Covid restrictions we are moving back to an in person instruction model with the possibility of including a Zoom session for the Yellow and Orange Squad levels. Parent/guardian participation will still be required for the Kids Running Wild and Yellow Squad groups (two sessions per enrolled child during the 7-week program) The parent 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 parents (see Community Coaching Clinic information). Both the junior, and any adult accompanying them, must be a member of the YOA ($5).

Three age groups will be offered. When choosing a group for your child, value skill over age. If at any point the exercises are too easy or too hard, we will try to move your child to a different group.

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.

Important Note

The above groups have a limit of 12 participants per session.


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.) Weekly in-person sessions on local orienteering maps will focus on the basics of map interpretation, orientation techniques, compass bearings and visualization. There is a limit of 12 students. If the course fills up, we will put you on a waiting list. Alternatively, you can check to see if a spot is available in the one-day Learn-to-O clinic.


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. Weekly in-person sessions on local orienteering maps will focus on navigation and route choice skills for orienteering. There is a limit of 12 students. If the course fills up, we will put you on a waiting list.


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. Although a higher technical skill level is required, a wide range of physical abilities can be accommodated. Team practices will be weekly (day of week to be determined) with flexible practice opportunity throughout the week. Red Squad members will be expected to participate in arranging some of the training, but flexibility and support is available.

Several past and present members of Red Squad have joined Orienteering Canada's High Performance Program, and have gone on to represent Canada at the Junior World Orienteering Championships, the World Orienteering Championships, and other international events.

Time Frame

Weekly, beginning in mid-April (depending on snow melt) and running throughout the summer until the autumn. Day of the week and time to be determined by member preference.


Learn-to-Orienteer Clinic

A clinic for adults (18+) with no previous orienteering experience. You will learn the basics of topographic map reading and how to use a compass. We can accommodate up to 25 participants. If course fills up we can put you on a waiting list, or you can check to see if space is available in our Nav 101 course. Part of the course is online (week of May 16), and part in-person (May 21)




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.