The Outdoor Discovery Award or ODA is ideal for people of all ages who wish to learn basic navigation skills at a gentle rate, encouraging them to gain and improve personal confidence to get out and get active.  The Awards has been developed to help group leaders introduce the basic elements of navigation to people who want to explore outside.

Previously known as Young Navigator Star Awards (YNSA), the revamped and updated ODA continues with the core ethos of the YNSA: Encouraging exploration and journeying in local areas using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps.

The ODA levels are aimed at all age groups and abilities.

There is a gradual learning progression via One Star, Two Star and Three Star levels, with certificates and badges available for achieving participants who have undertaken the ODA with a group leader who is registered with NNAS as an accredited ODA Course Provider.

Join SAAIGOutdoors on this half day course.  We will help take you on this wonderful adventure.

EVENT DATES TBA – You decide, contact us
LOCATION Yorkshire Dales or elsewhere on request
END TIME Approximately 1:00 PM
EVENT CONTENT Basic Navigation Skills, – Map scales, compass fundamentals, drawing maps, simple distance and direction gauging. Timing and pacing. Map orientation and more fun.
The course covers the NNAS/ODA Syllabus and aims to equip you with the learning outcomes to undertake fun journeys using simple maps.
KIT LIST TYPE Walking Kit List –Download PDF
Personal items
Food/Packed Lunch
Kit List (From above detail)
WHAT WE PROVIDE Suitable Compass and Maps
Personal Climbing Equipment
Lunch and Evening Meals
PRE REQUISITES A General level of fitness
Ability to walk for 6-7 hrs carrying a small rucksack




Meet up

Meeting in Inglesport Cafe in the centre of Ingleton (unless otherwise informed), stock up on breakfast, brews and equipment and cover the initial items within the sylabus before we head outside for the morning.  These being making simple maps of inside and outside of building features as well as taking journeys around the inside and outside of a building using a map to orientate the map at different locations.


Head outside for the morning where we will cover the main points within the ODA.  Depending on the group this is cover some to all of the following:
  • Following a defined route around a large grounds or small park using prominent paths or tracks
  • Orientate the map against handrails and major point features at regular intervals
  • Understand the use of basic map symbols
  • Discover and investigate points of interest during the journey
  • Plan and follow a journey around a large area using prominent paths, tracks or roads
  • Identify prominent collecting features on map and ground
  • Discover and investigate points of interest during the journey
  • Understand basic walking safety issues


Navigate your way back to base, for a cuppa, chat, review and relax.

Group and School discounts can be discussed with us. Please contact us.