East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition – Wednesday 20th May 2020


2020 EL Schools’ Orienteering competition will take place at John Muir country Park.

This fantastic sporting opportunity is available to all Primary students from P4 to P7. A little previous experience through some orienteering training at school is required for entry – please talk to your PE specialist. Unlimited numbers so please feel free to bring along whole classes or even year groups. Entry is free. All P4/5 will be required to compete as pairs. P6/7 can decide whether to compete solo or as a pair.

Typical Course

John Muir Country Park. Bus parking available; toilets; beach; playpark. Walk/ Cycle from Dunbar /West Barns. If any school getting train we can arrange pick up and drop off from railway station. Buses stop at entrance to JMCP – 106,120, 130, 253 X7. The park is on the route National Cycle Network 76.

Wednesday the 20th May 2020. Competitors may arrive for registration anytime from 0900 to 1430. Course will close at 1530

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.

Regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved social skills, integration into peer groups and extending social networks for young people. It is also associated with reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem in young people…
British Heart Foundation (2014)

Orienteering Experiences and Outcomes across all Levels

The course itself will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Registration will take a couple of minutes and the walk to the start will take approximately 10 minutes. Pupils will be set off with at least a 30 second interval between each competitor. For 30 children expect to be on site for a minimum of 75 minutes. We will have other orienteering activities near registration and there is a play park on site and the wonders of the beach along with toilets – so feel free to plan to stay longer.

Results will be live at the venue throughout the day. Each competitor will receive a certificate and there will be opportunities promoted for taking their orienteering further with local club links

To take part
Please register your school with numbers and arrival time with Martyn – at mpegg@elcschool.org.uk by Friday 1st May

East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition/Festival

This years East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition occurs on World Orienteering Day – Wednesday 23rd May 2018. The secondary schools and staff competition will be held at the same venue (Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base) the next day – Thursday 24th May





All Primary pupils (P5 and above) are encouraged to enter. There will be three different courses for the differing age groups.

There will be 6 separate courses on the Friday for all year groups across the secondary range. (S1 to S6) Staff will be encouraged to compete on the S6 course.

Prizes will be offered to individuals and trophies to overall school winners.

Current Primary trophy holders are Pencaitland (P6), Aberlady (P5) and Whitecraig (P7)

As well as the competitive elemnet theere will also be representatives from local orienteering clubs and a number of self directed orienteering activities that you and your pupils can engage with.

Schools may register for the race at any time between 0930 and 1400. Start times will be given to be as soon as possible after registration. Schools bringing more than 20 pupils will be asked to register at a particular time slot through the day. This will be advised a month before the event.

In order to secure an entry for your school please

  • let us know of your intent to attend and approximate numbers of pupils attending by sending an email to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk marked Orienteering competition 2018 in the subject field

More information will be requested and given a month before the event.

Any questions or queries concerning either the Primary or Secondary event – please contact Martyn at Outdoor Learning

Results will be published online as soon as possible after the event (next working day). All courses will be using SportIdent timing equipment

These events can be used as a springboard to enter into the Scottish Schools Orienteering Competition (usually occurs on First Friday in June – more information to follow as soon as available)

Pupil Adventure Events 2017/18

Adventure Award Days

  • Below is a table of scheduled ‘Adventure Award Days’ and other pupils events including Secondary Challenges.
  • These opportunities are mostly free and open to all age ranges.
  • This list is not exhaustive of the offers from your Outdoor Learning Service. If your class/school has ideas on how to embed outdoor learning opportunities and require some specialist help from an Outdoor Learning Teacher then please get in touch.
  • Please don’t miss: the Festivals – Orienteering and Watersports; Residential – fieldwork and winter/summer adventures
  • Bookings for the scheduled dates below to be made through Keith Christie (outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk)

Happy planning for adventures 17/18

Schools Orienteering Festival and Competition 2015

All schools should have previously received information regarding this fantastic event. However if it has somehow managed to evade you, here are the main details.


What: A (joint Mid and East Lothian) Schools Orienteering Competition and Festival

Where: Vogrie Country Park

When: May 6th 2015 (morning or afternoon slot)

Who: Open to all pupils from P5,6 or 7

Why: Consolidation of movement skills/ map reading/ friendly competition/ chance to join local orienteering club and go on to be a world champion/ sweat/ prove to all that your school is the best not only in East Lothian but Midlothian as well!

How: To enter please send an email indicating approximate numbers of pupils and accompanying adults to Martyn (mpegg@elcschool.org.uk)


More info available by clicking on image below

Orienteering 2015 entry Any questions or queries then please get in touch with your Outdoor Learning Service

Orienteering Competition 2013

The annual East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition will take place at

 John Muir Country Park on Friday 22nd March 2013

 We hope to see as many schools as possible represented at this great competitive event. Make the most of the last day of term. Please get in touch direct with Martyn (mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk) with any questions or queries. The most pertinment information is displayed below.

The competition has four entry classes.

  • P4/5 – must compete as pairs. 1.6km line course
  • P6/7 – must compete solo. 1.75km line course
  • S2 Challenge – must compete solo. Score course – 35 minutes allowed
  • Staff Challenge – as S2 but with separate trophy and honours

Schools and staff may arrive at any time from 0900 – 1500.

Registration will take place in the main field. The competition area is in the woods. Toilets; playpark; a beautiful beach; all within two minutes walking time of the registration field.

Please could each school give an indication of likely numbers and approximate arrival time (to Martyn) at the car park field (registration field – look for the banners) of John Muir Country Park.

Please ensure that all pupil competitors have done some previous orienteering training. There will be no opportunity for any input from Outdoor Learning Staff on the day.

Entry is available on the day and all that we require is a written list of children for regiatration – forms are available below.

Forms for event available on links below
Pupil list Primary 4/5
Pupil list Primary 6/7
Pupil list Secondary