O Circuit

Exercise circuits include a variety of activities.

Use your creativity to mix up orienteering activities with exercise stations as illustrated below.

circuit illustration

How a circuit works:

  • Create multiple ‘stations’ – each station is a different activity
  • Participants begin in the middle and at the start they run to their first station. You can have more than one participant at a station. Participants would have different stations as their first station.
  • Participants complete the activity assigned to each station, returning to the centre each time.
  • Circuits can be completed more than once in a session.

Ideas for circuit stations:

  • Include variations on activities that use the symbol and control description cards (download the cards below) *** additional reference is still to be added here giving ideas for games using these cards.
  • Alternate orienteering games with standard exercises like jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, squats and lunges
  • If you have a map of your school (or area where the circuit is held), create a leg from the circuit to a control and use this as a ‘station’. You can do more than one of these.
  • Include cone grids and other activities from ‘O in a Box’ Level 1 and Level 2.
  • Keep a control description/map symbol reference sheet in the centre of the circuit. Participants may need to run back to the centre to look up a control description / map symbol. Download this convenient one-page reference.

Symbol & Control Description (SD) Cards

  • Symbol and Control Description cards (zipped folder)
    • Download the file (right-click on the link above and select “Save link as…”) to your Desktop
    • On your desktop, create a folder. Name it something like “O Symbol and CD cards”.
    • Double-click on the zipped folder to open it.
    • Drag-and-drop the PDF files from the zipped folder to the folder that you created.
    • Print each page of control descriptions and map symbols
    • Cut-out the cards
    • Print the file “Cards – backing” on coloured paper. These cards are slightly bigger than the symbol cards. Glue the image cards to the coloured cards. (*optional; makes the cards look ‘prettier’ and easier to organise)
      • We used purple backing for the Control Description (position) cards.
      • We used yellow for the map symbol and corresponding Control Description cards.
    • Rounded corners made using a scrapbooking “corner cutter” (*optional)
    • Laminate the cards to protect them so that they can be used outdoors and re-used time and time again.