World Orienteering Day

World Orienteering Day is an initiative of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), to raise the profile and participation in orienteering as a global sport. IOF are the international governing body for the sport of orienteering.

World Orienteering Day (WOD) began in 2016 to encourage people, particularly 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 in 2016, 290,000 people in 2017, and 360,000 people in 2018 participating from 81 countries.

WOD will take places around May each year. We encourage everybody, members or non-members, to participate or help organise a wee event on this day. If you’re organising an event, don’t forget to register it on the WOD website so it counts towards the world record!

We’ve produced a simple activity and guidance to help you on your way; download below.

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

World Orienteering Day in Scotland