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  • Weather-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Activity-appropriate, closed-toe shoes
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler

Optional

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with visor
  • One-quart water bottle or hydration system
  • Daypack
  • Camera

What We Provide

  • Baseplate compass
  • A take-home course outline and worksheet
  • A topo map of the area
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Introduction to Map- and Compass-Skills Course

Free $10 gift card 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 topographical map. We will practice with a map of the local area. Our experts will explain the importance of contour and meridian lines for navigation, and how to read a map legend to locate landmarks.

You will learn the components of a handheld compass and how to use and trust the compass. You will learn how to obtain a bearing from the map and convert it to magnetic from true and what declination is.

Your instructor will also discuss declination (magnetic north vs. true north), and its importance in navigating with a map and compass. You'll also learn how to download online topographical maps from the U.S. Geological Service.

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 topographical map. We will practice with a map of the local area. Our experts will explain the importance of contour and meridian lines for navigation, and how to read a map legend to locate landmarks.

You will learn the components of a handheld compass and how to use and trust the compass. You will learn how to obtain a bearing from the map and convert it to magnetic from true and what declination is.

Your instructor will also discuss declination (magnetic north vs. true north), and its importance in navigating with a map and compass. You'll also learn how to download online topographical maps from the U.S. Geological Service.

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.

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 topographical map. We will practice with a map of the local area. Our experts will explain the importance of contour and meridian lines for navigation, and how to read a map legend to locate landmarks.

You will learn the components of a handheld compass and how to use and trust the compass. You will learn how to obtain a bearing from the map and convert it to magnetic from true and what declination is.

Your instructor will also discuss declination (magnetic north vs. true north), and its importance in navigating with a map and compass. You'll also learn how to download online topographical maps from the U.S. Geological Service.

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.