At the end of the day, we never really know how much the kids have taken away from our activities. All we can hope is that they learned a little something about navigation, and that the next time they hear someone mention orienteering their first thought is about how much fun they had doing it themselves.
Some ideas for recruitment posters for CRLS
Pictures of people who have connection to CRLS. Big beautiful posters.
(Need to get permission from C Turk; should do that soon)
In small print, give their credentials and connection. Like, with Ethan, it would say Coach, CRLS team to USA Interscholastic Championships in Texas April 2017. And it would have his racing creds. And orienteering teacher, Cambridge Community Schools, and assistant director, NavGames summer program with MSYEP, and CSUS coach, etc.
Other people to feature:
Isabel, Keegan, Alex (maybe in ambulance, "Be careful out there" or "Watch your footing"), Sophia, Adeline, CRLS kids when they were littler (fine print says CRLS grad), Esu, Danny, Walter, Pilli, the teams that won the trophies, teaching, the WOD jacket photo, just the control in the woods.
Linda Fobes, Julia Bishop, Dan Fusco, other teachers
LF and JB: Board member, Navigation Games. Orienteering teacher. Cambridge Public School Teacher.
Orienteering. The reality based sport.
You can run. But can you think and run? (Track)
You can think. But can you run and think? (Mathematical equations)
You can run. You can think. But can you run and think? (Map)
(Picture of guys with medals.)
2018 USA Championships - Varsity
2018 USA Championships - Junior Varsity
2018 USA Championships - Intermediate
What will it take?
At our summer program we talked about how orienteering thinking is useful in life. People talked about choosing life goals and checkpoints along the way. On another day, I gave them instructions about the presentations they will give on their projects next week. I asked them to be clear about the purpose of their project and relate it to Navigation Games' mission. Here I asked them, what is NG's mission? First answer: to get every kid in Cambridge to orienteer. That is correct. And that is a checkpoint along the way to NG's larger mission, which is to raise awareness about orienteering throughout the country. I talked about each of us might have a different relationship to NG's mission. For me, for example, my ultimate goal is world peace. And if you have more kids competing internationally and making friends (think JWOC 2020 in Turkey, for instance), then those ties of friendship may help toward world peace. I know that sounds silly but nobody laughed too hard.