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Introduction to Map- and Compass-Skills Course

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This three-hour course is just what you need to confidently navigate through the outdoors
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

A great course for individuals new to navigating with a compass. Our map and compass course will introduce you to the techniques and tools for navigating your way through the wilderness.

You'll start with a detailed look at the components of a USCGS Topographical map. Our experts will explain the importance of contour, how to read a map legend to locate landmarks, and how to access maps that are best for your outdoor activity.

During this course, students will also learn the components of a handheld compass, how to use and trust the compass, plus how to obtain a bearing from the map and convert it to magnetic from true and what declination is. Additionally, your instructor will also discuss declination (magnetic north vs. true north) and its importance in navigating with a map and compass.

This is a very hands-on skills-based course, so you should be prepared to participate in a good deal of field exercises.

All necessary navigation aids (map & compass) are provided.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to weather conditions and your level of exertion.

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What to Bring
  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Hiking footwear
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

Optional
  • Rainwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Use of all necessary activity equipment: compass, local Topo Maps, etc.
Average Rating 
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24  out of  25 ( 96% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
September 2, 2018
Freeport Maine map and compass class
The instructor was pleasant enough but not the least bit knowledgeable about teaching a Map Reading and Compass class. He mixed up longitude and latitude,... more
STRAFFORD
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5 / 5
August 5, 2018
Mike is awesome! Maps are complex...
Knew nothing. Came away already to try again and practice! Mostly, I learned WHY this skill is needed...and required. For almost every outdoor activity.... more
Brunswick, ME
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5 / 5
July 12, 2018
Map and Compass
Paul and Pete were great, very knowledgeable and they obviously enjoyed the subject matter. They patiently worked with me when I was struggling with a... more
Portland, ME
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3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
June 21, 2018
Great Class, Tons of Info, Great Instructor
This class far surpassed my expectations. The mix of classroom and actual field practice were perfect, as was the structure of the course. Beginning with... more
Portland, ME
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
May 27, 2018
Map and compass skills course
Chad was a patient, knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructor. He took a somewhat difficult concept like magnetic declination and broke it down piece by piece,... more
Waterford
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
April 1, 2018
Excellent course!!!
This course was held at our local Pine Bush Discovery Center which provided a comfortable classroom as well as an outdoor environment to practice our new... more
Albany NY
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
April 1, 2018
IMPORTANT SKILLS TAUGHT
Chad did a great job teaching basic compass and map skills.
Altamont
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5 / 5
January 27, 2018
Enjoyable
The class is a very worthwhile experience.The instructor Chad made it fun for my son and I.While teaching the class he makes you feel comfortable and entertains... more
saugerties new york
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5 / 5
January 16, 2018
Topographical map class
I attended this class with my 12 year old daughters, I booked this a few months ago with excitement. My husband is an expert in this area but we did not... more
Herndon, VA
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4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
December 4, 2017
Worth your time
Spent the morning working with Matt on staying found. Completed the intro M&C class and enjoyed the experience. Reviewed map reading, compass... more
Augusta Maine
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