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{{about|the sport of orienteering|orienteering training in the military|Land navigation|the way it is practiced in Scouting|Orienteering (scouting)|the combination with radio communication|Radio orienteering}}
{{short description|Group of sports that requires navigational skills}}
[[File:220px-Orienteering_symbol_framed.png|thumb|The international orienteering flag]]
[[File:220px-Orienteering_symbol_framed.png|thumb|The international orienteering flag]]
[[File:Orienteering pictogram.svg|thumb|Orienteering pictogram]]
[[File:Orienteering pictogram.svg|thumb|Orienteering pictogram]]

Revision as of 12:22, 4 January 2020

The international orienteering flag
File:Orienteering pictogram.svg
Orienteering pictogram

Orienteering is a group of sports that require navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain whilst moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations. Among these, the oldest and the most popular is foot orienteering. For the purposes of this article, foot orienteering serves as a point of departure for discussion of all other variations, but almost any sport that involves racing against a clock and requires navigation with a map is a type of orienteering.

Orienteering is included in the programs of world sporting events including the World Games.