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  • 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.
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Introduction to Map- and Compass-Skills Course

Free $10 gift card for use on a future order with purchase of $50 or more.
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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.
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.

TO CONTACT AN ADVENTURE CONSULTANT

odschool@llbean.com 1-888-615-9979

HOURS: 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET

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Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

*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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Introduction to Map- and Compass-Skills Course
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.