Map Mates - kids adventure series

Welcome to the OACT Blue Sparks Map Mates Page

Map Mates has been held twice a year in May (Saturday mornings) and October (Wednesday evenings) since 2011. Map Mates is a four week action packed adventure series for children aged 7 to 13 aimed at beginners. Teams of 2 - 4 children navigate around an easy safe orienteering course. Parents are welcome to take part. A free welcome event is held the week before where prospective Map Mates can meet each other and learn how to read a map and enjoy an orienteering course.

Each event is preceded by an optional 20 minute fun filled activity session that teaches a different map reading skill each week. A compass is not required. Parents receive four weekly emails which include coaching tips, hints and optional 'fun-fact' map activities for the kids. Prizes are awarded to each competitor. Extra points are awarded fun stuff like, best team name, best team uniform, best map of your back yard. The emphasis is on fun and adventure, while learning to orienteer!


Winter Season 2017   

The Map Mates Welcome Event will be on Saturday, 6 May 2017.

Map Mates Competition runs for four consecutive Saturdays starting on 13 May 17.

Optional public events continue for ten weeks and are included free as part of Map Mates registration. 

Detailed Information  HERE 

Entry for Map Mates May 2017 is by online registration. Please register here

Cost of Map Mates is $90 

Registration opens 1 April 17 and closes on 11 May 17, four days after the free Welcomes Event.

For more information please email 

For detail about locations closer to the time refer to the Events page and look for the Map Mates events. 

We usually take and publish photographs of children enjoying the activities. If you do not want photographs taken please let us know in writing. Orienteering is generally safe but like any outdoor activity there are risks.