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JOG Badge Scheme

JOG badges

JOG badges

Last edited: Mon 17 Apr 2023

The badge scheme helps juniors develop the skills they need to improve their orienteering and progress up the course levels.

There are four badges, a JOG badge and then a badge for each course - hare, squirrel, badger and fox. Each badge has certain skills a junior needs to learn, practice and demonstrate to be awarded.

At each JOG there should be someone available to help explain the skills and assess for a badge if required.

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JOG Badge

  • Complete 3 JOG courses with an adult
  • Hold the map (on the board and clip on compass) the whole way around a short course
  • Set the map by holding the board flat and turning it the right way so it points where to go at the start
  • Find each control, check it is the right one and punch the control card
  • Set the map again and decide which way to go next

Hare Badge

  • Identify the main features on the map: the colours, symbols and scale
  • Set the map so that it is the right way by:
    • using a clip-on compass
    • using the surrounding features
  • Understand what a line feature is and walk along one checking off features on the map
  • Follow a course keeping the map set
    • using a map with a clip-on compass
    • using the features on the map
  • Complete four Hare or White courses (including at least one course at a QOFL) unsupported

Squirrel Badge

  • Understand relative distances on the map and on the ground and be able to estimate and compare distances
  • Have a simple understanding of contours
  • Fold and thumb the map around a short easy course without using a compass
  • Leave a line feature for visible controls nearby
  • Use the map to talk about your route taken, what went well and what went badly
  • Complete four Squirrel or Yellow courses (including at least one course at a QOFL)

Badger Badge

  • Understand and use attack points and handrails
  • Understand and use catching features
  • Understand how to relocate
  • Understand your pacing and use this to estimate how far to go to an attack point or other feature on the map
  • Develop a better understanding of contours and how they represent the shape of the land, and demonstrate how to use them during an event
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the compass of your choice
  • Complete four Badger or Orange courses (including at least one course at a QOFL) and provide a de-brief on each course to include route choice, attack points and catching features
  • Work with an experienced orienteer to plan a JOG event

Fox Badge

  • Analyse longer legs, using contour and vegetation information to compare different routes
  • Understanding and demonstrating how your pace changes at different speeds and on different terrain
  • Understand leg simplification
  • Demonstrate orienteering ‘traffic lights’
    • run on rough bearing ticking off features to locate attack point
    • fine orienteering from the attack point, using bearings, pacing, contours and map detail
  • Plan at least one JOG
  • Help at 3 JOGS:
    • explain to newcomers what to do
    • explain how to set a map using a compass
    • help children working for Hare, Squirrel and Badger badges acquire the skills
  • Assist at 1 QOFL
  • Complete three Fox or Light Green courses (including at least one course at a QOFL)
  • Complete two Fox courses at a suitable venue with a partner taking it in turns on controls whist being shadowed by an experienced orienteer

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Lucas receiving JOG badge - 10/22

Lucas receiving JOG badge - 10/22

Sidney receiving JOG badge - 10/22

Sidney receiving JOG badge - 10/22