Introduction to Orienteering and Snowshoeing

Soldier On will be partnering with Orienteering Ottawa and Hylands Golf and Country Club to host an introduction to orienteering clinic on the 5th of March (pending health measures) in Ottawa, ON.

12 ill/injured serving or retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces will learn the basics of reading a topographic map and relating it to the land around them. Participants will receive a short introduction to the sport and then take a walk with map and instructor to learn what all of those map symbols mean and how to interpret them on the go.

Participants will have the option to walk the trails with snowshoes should they chose. To end the day, participants will have the opportunity to test their new skills with an orienteering challenge!

This clinic will give participants a taste of the sport of orienteering and will assist in the continuation of an active and healthy lifestyle.

*The completion of this event will be pending Provincial and Municipal public health measures and restrictions. This event may be postponed should such restrictions not be lifted.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

The aim of this activity will be to be to introduce the fundamentals of the sport of orienteering while allowing participants to practice these skills and challenge themselves on snowshoes on the beautiful trails of Hylands Golf Club.

Equipment will be provided by the sport delivery provider. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn the sport of orienteering through hands on experience while completing the orienteering course on snowshoes.

No previous experience in orienteering is necessary. Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Orienteering Ottawa.

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 12.

Minimum eligibility criteria
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the National Capital Area Geographical Region who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.

Serving Members
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.

Mental & Physical Requirements
Participants must be able to tolerate 2 hours of light to moderate paced activities with a minimal requirement for rest.

Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
Nomination Forms must be received by Soldier On no later than the 1st of March, 2021.
Express your interest here.

Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.

Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to:

  • Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance;
  • Complete the respective provincial / territorial or federal government COVID-19 self-assessment tool before attending the event;
  • Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus;
  • Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate;
  • Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers;
  • Adhere to a stringent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform rigorous hand hygiene;
  • Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well.

Soldier On, during the conduct of this activity, shall:

  • Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question;
  • Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols;
  • Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place;
  • Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and are being used;
  • Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations;
  • Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.

Confirmation details
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity. A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.

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