Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment

Entries that have been categorised as COPE

Opportunity for adults in Ballater and Braemar

Over the past year through the Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment (COPE) project we have been able to give many youngsters in upper Deeside and Donside an opportunity to give orienteering a try. Now I would like to extend that opportunity to adults by offering some introductory sessions in Ballater and Braemar. We have some of the best orienteering terrain in the UK on our doorstep and I am able to help get you involved if you would like.

18th Aug 17   Read more…

WOUDS Series Results

The WOUDS series concluded this week after 4 successful events at Morrone Birkwood, Starthdon Woods, Crathie Woods and Craigendarroch Hill. Overall scores for the series have now been calculated.

17th Jun 17   Read more…

WOUDS Series - Coming soon to a forest near you in May / June 2017!

Wednesday Orienteering in Upper Dee/Donside Series

We have a truly exciting 4 weeks of Wed evening events lined up starting on World Orienteering Day on the 24th May 2017. The series includes 3 stunning brand new orienteering areas and another just as stunning which has been rarely used...

25th Apr 17   Read more…

New After-School Club in Ballater, Mar 2017

As part of the COPE project we will be running a 4-week block of After-School Club in Ballater on a Tues, 3:30-4:30 pm, starting on 7th March. This club is targeted primarily at beginners in P5-7 and will build on the sessions introduced last autumn in the school. The club will meet at the Primary School but will normally walk over to Craigendarroch Woods to train in the forest.

Further information and application form for the Ballater club is available here

After the Easter holidays there will be a similar 4-week block held in Braemar.

22nd Feb 17

Teaching Orienteering Course Dec 2016

We will be hosting a Teaching Orienteering Course at Crathie School on 2 evenings in December; Wed 7th and Wed 14th from 4-7pm. There is 1 remaining free space available on this course for anyone working with schools or youth groups in the Deeside / Donside Cairngorm National Park area. We would also have space for some additional people who are working outwith this area on payment of the usual course fee of £70. The course is excellent training for anyone wishing to introduce orienteering in schools, scouts or other youth groups. No specific pre-requisite skills or knowledge of orienteering is required, just some enthusiasm to get involved and to subsequently pass on your new found knowledge to others. Please contact sarah at if you are interested

22nd Nov 16


Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment

This 2-year development project in upper Deeside and Donside will provide an exciting opportunity for the local community to get involved in orienteering in the lead up to 2 major events; the Scottish 6 Days 2017 and 2018 British Orienteering Championships, both of which will be held in Deeside.

03rd Nov 16   Read more…

New Funding from Cairngorm LEADER for Orienteering in Deeside

The SOA has been successful in winning a grant through Cairngorm LEADER to fund a new 2-year development project in upper Deeside and Donside linked to the 2017 Scottish 6 Days and 2018 British Orienteering Championships, both of which are planned to be held in Deeside.

06th Oct 16   Read more…

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