World Orienteering Day & World Orienteering Week

From 15-21 May 2019, orienteers around the world will enjoy a week of activity to encourage new people of all ages into the sport. We have guides to help you organise an event and want more people across Scotland to enjoy orienteering than ever before!

World orienteering day logo

World Orienteering Day was started by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) in 2016, to raise the profile and participation in orienteering as a global sport.

It’s now grown to become a week of encouraging people – especially young people – to try or take up orienteering. The aim each year is to break the world record for the number of people participating in orienteering activities globally.

Each year so far, the record has been broken – 250,000 people took part in 2016, 290,000 in 2017, and 360,000 in 2018 – from 81 countries.

Whatever your experience of orienteering, we encourage everybody – non-members and members, clubs, scout groups, running groups and businesses – to get involved or help organise a wee event on one day in the week.

We’ve produced a simple activity and guidance to help you on your way, which you can download here:

There are other resources to download on the WOD website, including posters, badges, diplomas, etc.

If you’re organising an event, remember to register it on the WOD website so it counts towards the world record!

World Orienteering Day in Scotland