Gold Award Syllabus

Outdoor Discovery Awards

The syllabus operates at three different levels – 1 Star, 2 Star & 3 Star

At each level the syllabus uses five headings:

  1. Engage with the outdoors
  2. Making your own map
  3. Journeying
  4. Understanding the concept of symbols and scale
  5. Setting the map
1 Star
  • Make simple maps and sketches to show journey
  • Undertake journeys for fun, using a simple map or plan
  • Gain a basic understanding of symbols, scale and map setting

After taking part in the 1 Star ODA, participants will have acquired basic navigational skills and will be able to make short journeys in familiar terrain using their own and other people’s sketches or representations of the area.

2 Star
  • Use building interiors and / or the immediate outdoor area when learning skills
  • Develop mapping and map setting skills
  • Undertake slightly longer journeys, considering scale and distance

After taking part in the 2 Star ODA, participants will be able to make journeys in their local area using their new and revised navigational skills to interpret maps and will have an understanding of standardised symbols.

3 Star
  • Plan and follow straightforward journeys around familiar and unfamiliar area
  • Discover and investigate points of interest during the journey
  • Understand basic walking safety issues and have respect for the environment

After taking part in the 3 Star ODA, participants should be able to plan and follow journeys in unfamiliar local areas using appropriate maps.

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Just some of the written feedback provided following training .......

  • “Instructor was clear, patient and non-intimidating, putting you at ease”“Had so much fun whilst learning valuable key skills”
  • “A safe and well-organised course – good balance of practical aspects to develop skills. Good reinforcement on day 2”
  • “Balance of indoor work to outdoor practoce. This was key to enjoying ptactical work.
    Excellent!”
  • “Good pace of working and level of information provided”
  • “Excellent course, really enjoyed – excellent balance between theory and practice”

Testimonials

“The course built well on the foundations of the bronze award. The ttor took a period to
observe and assess the level of the group before focusing on the areas of learning that would
help us develop. The delivery of the learning was smooth and catered for different learning
styles, abilities and pace of learning. The excellent practical exercises strongly reinforced all
the prior theoretical learning and I feel I personally gained invaluable experience by working
under an experienced eye and receiving very relevant feedback on performance”

Just some of the written feedback provided following training .......

  • “Amazing experience, learned a lot”
  • “Jane had lots of patience with us and has an easy way of explaining things”
  • “I loved this course, I’m definately booking on the bronze navigation course”
  • “Pitched just right. Built confidence and skills with patience and humour”
  • “Having a relaxed time enabled the learning to embed better rather than being rushed.
    Enjoyed the course and feel much more confident”
  • “Good map work to find many different types for reference. Came away far more confident
    especially on compass use”

Testimonials

“Jane is a Navigation Ninja! I joined one of the Freedom Days Silver Navigation courses she
runs and was so impressed with the way she organised and ran it, from start to finish. From
the initial enquiry right through to the follow-up, Jane delivered on and above promise. Not
only an expert in her field, Jane is committed to enabling individuals develop their navigation
skills from where they are. Sensitive and supportive, Jane makes learning fun, while making
sure you develop the navigation and hill skills needed. Jane's resources are excellent and her
commitment to her own self-development is genuine. Her passion for navigation is inspiring”

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