Scottish Orienteering Star Award Scheme

Scottish Orienteering’s Star Award Scheme is a personal performance award scheme aimed at encouraging and recognising skills development rather than event results. The L1 award can be delivered in a school or after-school setting, as well as by clubs, and can offer a great mechanism to help lead youngsters from participation at school towards their local club.

We have recently revamped the award to update the content and have developed a set of eye-catching resources for use by coaches, teachers and youth leaders. To help coaches understand the award and how they can deliver it we are organising a workshop for Thu 6th May at 7pm.

The Star Award scheme has 4 different levels which will develop orienteering skills in a structured and progressive format. The levels are broadly aligned with the British Orienteering Step system and colour schemes:
Level 1 – white / Technical Difficulty 1
Level 2 – yellow / TD 2
Level 3 – orange / TD3
Level 4 – light green / TD4

The Level 1 Star Award can be achieved through participating in orienteering at school, after-school clubs, or youth groups such as scouts. This award should be achievable after a block of 4-6 orienteering sessions. Levels 2, 3 and 4 usually require participation in coached club training sessions. For each level of Star Award a progression document is used by coaches to monitor participants’ development against a range of skills linked to the systematic orienteering framework of “Plan, Direction, Picture, Distance and Mental”.

The detailed content of Star Awards can be modified to suit differing needs of participants, and / or the environment in which they are orienteering, through working 1:1 with a club coach or teacher. In this way all youngsters can be motivated to participate and encouraged to develop orienteering skills to achieve their personal potential, regardless of any additional support needs, physical or learning difficulties that they may have.

To find out more about the Star Awards and how to use them in your club, sign-up here for our CPD workshop session on 6th May, 7-8:30pm