Map Reading for Beginners

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About 50 years ago, I received my first lesson in Map Reading, at the age of eight I had just joined my local Cub Scout Pack.

A few weeks later we were on a pack holiday in the New Forest, and one of our Cub Scout leaders was teaching us map reading, its fair to say that I already had an interest in maps and navigation.

I won a compass on that holiday and still have it today, it used to go everywhere with me.

Here is a useful resource I came across for beginners map reading and wanted to share it with you.

Please have a look and start Map Reading for yourself.

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Maps can also be used as a snapshot in time to see what the area looked like, if you go back to the 1970s you will see a very different picture of our village for example. Learning to Read Maps and Navigation are skills that last a lifetime. Since leaning Map Reading and Navigation Skills as a Cub Scout myself I have gone on to Teach Navigation awards and learned to Navigate at Sea.

How about having a look at the requirements of the Navigators Badge and remember we are here to help you!

Start Now the badge requirements can be found at