Local to World Champion

The World Orienteering Championships are coming to Scotland this August. You may not be a member of a national squad (yet!) – however be a local champion or begin your journey towards becoming a World Champion with a couple of local Orienteering events.

Great competition and a wonderful way to motivate yourself to get out and about in your local area. Graded courses for all – even if you have never picked up a map before – get yourself along. No specialist equipment necessary – help always on hand for those looking for it.

Go on give something different a go this weekend. These events organised by East Lothian Orienteers ELO

Saturday, 30th ELO local
Barns Ness, Dunbar
Register 2 pm to 3 pm
Five courses available – White, Yellow, Orange and Long Orange,  and Light Green.

Wednesday, 3rd June: ELO Evening, Neilson Park, Haddington
Short course within the park suitable for beginners and children; longer course goes outwith the park and is only for those aged 16 and over.
Starts 6 till 7.
Details will be on the ELO website after the weekend.

World Orienteering Championships
Inverness, Scotland
31 July – 7 August 2015
Find out more

Only … 24 hours from ‘staneford

Athelstaneford Primary School P4-7 had a full day and overnight adventure with assistance from ELC Outdoor Learning Service.
After preparing for 24 hours in the wilderness the class was transported up to the foothills of the Lammermuirs at Longyester.

A full day walk into a strong southerly breeze resulted in finally reaching the summit of Lammerlaw for well deserved far reaching views in all directions.

After a much quicker descent (wind and gravity assisted) the class then arrived at Blinkbonny Wood and set up camp (some tents; some hammocks and tarps; some teepees)

Dinner was duly cooked on an open fire and devoured with some relish; fun was had at the composting toilet!; marshmallows were toasted (burnt); exploring the woods in the gathering gloom of the evening.

Much resilience was required by all in getting to sleep in an unfamiliar environment – whether in hammock, tent or teepee. Well done to the boys who managed to stay asleep whilst their tent blew down! A couple of minutes later and they were installed in another more stable tent.

A big thanks to Mr Devereux and all the pupils from P4-7 at Athelstaneford.

A photo slideshow is available on the school P4-7 website

First Aid – fun and active learning!

East Lothian Outdoor Learning Service offers 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work / 2 day First Aid at Work Requalification / 3 day First Aid at Work, and also a 2 day First Aid at Work in the Outdoors.

All our courses are practical, active and informal, with lots of time to practise first aid skills, within a relaxed atmosphere that encourages you to ask any questions.

Delegates commented recently:

“Great day, feel more confident now in using skills gained.”

“Fantastic tutor and very well taught.”

“Thank you! Was a quick few days of fun and learning.”

So if you have had to sit through dull and tedious first aid “lectures” in the past – come and try one of our courses – and see the difference!

Results are in!

East Lothian and Midlothian Outdoor Learning Services came together to host a fantastic Orienteering festival. Approximately 600 pupils competed from across both authorities. The whole event took place at Vogrie Country Park.

O Comp 2015

Three linear courses were set out for P5, P6 and P7.

All young people appeared to relish the soggy underfoot conditions with great resilience.. With course times ranging from 9 minutes to almost and hour it certainly appeared to challenge all pupils.
East Lothian winning schools (trophies will be sent on to schools for display) are:

P5 – Prestonpans (1st position overall)
P6 – Elphinstone (6th position overall)
P7 – Gullane (1st position overall)

Results can be found here

Congratulations to all schools and participating pupils. A very special thanks to all staff and accompanying adults who made this day possible.

For those orieneteers that wish to take their talent further and pit themselves against others from across Scotland then we need to enter
Scottish Schools Orienteering Competition.
Closing date for Entries  – 27th May 2015


More Orienteering opportunities locally:

A series of informal events run by ELO will visit three towns of East Lothian in the coming weeks (6 to 7pm)

  • Wed 20th May – North Berwick – Lodge Grounds and the Glen
  • Wed 3rd June – Haddington – Neilson Park and the Tyne Path
  • Wed 17th June – Tranent – Polson Park and the Heugh

These events visit areas new to orienteering. They aim to provide an introduction to orienteering for beginners. Please just turn up between 6 and 7 – look for an East Lothian Orienteers flag. No equipment required – just a willingness to give the sport of Orienteering a go.

More local events can be found here