SPORTident arrives

Yesterdays orienteering cluster day at Yellowcraigs saw Aberlady, Saltoun and Humbie Primary schools become the first to use OE’s new SPORTident kit.  Out are fixed start times, paper cards and punches. In are electronic controls and dibbers.  The system allows us to run oreineteering events more efficiently – and to give participants much better feedback on how they have done.   Competitors carry an electronic dibber which stores their times for each control.  After finishing the event they automatically recieve a printout of their times, including splits.  This really improves pupils motivation,  and lets them work out what they did wrong, or could do better next time on their course.  And it also makes setting up and managing event results much more efficient.

For more information on using the system or contact Martyn Pegg at OE.


Over 150 IMLs attended the BAIML AGM and CPD weekend in the wet and windy Lakes. A wide range of CPD was on offer including Bushcraft and Improvised Rescue.  One of the highlights of the weekend for me was  making ‘fire-by-friction’ … ok, so it was a team effort, but there is still something really personally satisfying in starting out with a couple of bits of sticks and string and ending up with real live fire.   The Improvised Rescue was held under in the shelter of the hotel porch and covered many aspects of recovering from various rock-climbing belay mishaps … mostly escaping from systems, and recovering partners/clients.  An excellent session run by Simon Hale, of PyB, a Guide and, since the AGM, now a ‘lifelong member of BAIML.

See photies ( and click to download any from Picasa).

S6 Challenge – reminder!

A reminder that the S6 Challenge will be held at Yellowcraigs next Friday – December 11th.

Mini-buses should arrive at Yellowcraigs car-park for 10:00am. After the excellent turnouts for the previous challenges it would be great to see all East Lothian Secondary schools represented … and if PL are to claim the 09/10 grand-slam then it’ll be all the better for them to have triumphed over all schools!
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