How to earn your badge
- Show you know how to:
- convert grid bearings to magnetic bearings and vice versa
- use back bearings to check the route
- estimate your current position using a compass
- walk on a bearing, including ‘deviating from course’ (the four right angles technique to bypass an obstacle)
- read a six figure grid reference.
- Using 1:50000 and 1:25000 scale Ordnance Survey maps:
- interpret contour lines in terms of shape and steepness of terrain. Learn what the topographical features mean, including valley, col, ridge and spur
- show how to set a map, with and without a compass. Learn how
to use and give six-figure grid references. Demonstrate the use of a roamer to improve accuracy.
- show how to find north without the aid of a compass, by day or night.
- Walk two compass routes of at least 5 kilometres each. They should be defined on a map, one route’s start and end points defined by you and the other by an adult.
- Show you know how to dress appropriately for the walk and what kit you and your group need.
- Choose the most appropriate type of map for the journey you