PRC NJROTC tackles orienteering course

Published 5:00 pm Thursday, November 30, 2006

The international Olympic sport of orienteering involves environmental awareness, physical fitness, map reading, compass proficiency, mental acuity, and competition with others. It involves navigating cross-country over unfamiliar terrain with a map and a compass in order to locate control markers in a competitive race that requires speed, accuracy, and mental decisiveness on the part of the competitor. The goal is to find as many control markers as possible in the least amount of time.

On November 3-4 both units of the Pearl River Central NJROTC sent their experienced orienteering cadets to compete and increase proficiency in this sport. Camp Shelby provided barracks, orienteering courses and maps to the Cadets. The Cadets enjoyed the cool weather, the camaraderie of each other and the opportunity to improve their skills. The damage to the course from Katrina presented new and challenging obstacles.

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