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2019 Programs

Junior Program Registration And Information

  • This summer we are holding our in-person registration on Tuesday, April 23rd from 4:00-5:30 pm in Board Room 1 of Sport Yukon, 4061 4th Ave, Whitehorse.
  • Please fill out the YOA Junior Program Registration form and the YOA Membership And Waiver Forms (if you have not already filled out the membership and waiver forms) and bring them with you.
  • We will take cash or cheque, addressed to Yukon Orienteering Association.

If you are unable to make it on Tuesday, registration can be dropped off at Sport Yukon or mailed to: YOA, 4061 – 4th Ave, c/o Sport Yukon, Whitehorse YT, Y1A 1H1.

Inaugural Coast Mountain Sports Sprint Series (All Ages)

The Yukon Orienteering Association strives to offer programs for all ages and abilities.

Junior Programs

Kids Running Wild (KRW): 7-9 year olds

KRW program encourages kids to be active through games and fun activities on the trails and in the forest. This Yukon Orienteering Association program is a running program that encourages a love of the outdoors. The goals of this group are to learn the basic skills of orienteering so that individuals can complete a beginner course with some help from an adult. No experience is necessary.  We encourage parents to come to each session if possible. Please arrive a little before the start time you have chosen.

Yellow Squad: 10-13 year olds

Yellow Squad is designed for 10-13 year olds with limited or no orienteering experience. The goals of this group are to learn the basic skills of orienteering so that individuals can complete a beginner course confidently by themselves and an intermediate course with some help. The emphasis is on fun and participation. Please arrive a little before the start time you have chosen.

Orange Squad: 13-15 year olds

Orange Squad is designed for 13-15 year olds with previous orienteering experience desirable. The focus of this group is on training and practising to improve. There is a large emphasis on learning new orienteering skills to be able to complete an intermediate or advanced course confidently by themselves.


KRW and Yellow Squad will run on Tuesdays with one group from 5:00-6:00pm and another group from 6:30-7:30pm. The program starts on May 7th, and runs for 6 weeks until June 11th. May 7-21 the meeting place is Mt Mac Rec Centre, and May 28—June 11 the meeting place is the Child Development Centre (intersection of Lewes Blvd and Hospital Road). There is a limit of 15 per Yellow Squad session.

Orange Squad will meet Wednesdays on weeks when there is no regular Wednesday night meet from 6:00-7:30pm. The program starts on May 15th, and will run until the end of July. (If there is enough interest there may be a short prep before the regular meet on May 8th.) This program will only run if 4 athletes are interested.

Equipment needed:

Ensure your child has the following:
  • Running shoes
  • Full-length pants – no shorts, please
  • Rain jacket if it's raining
  • Toque, gloves, jacket if it's cold
  • Warm dry clothes for after if it's raining
  • A watch if you have one


The cost for KRW, Yellow Squad, and Orange Squad is $75.00 plus $5.00 membership.  Any parents who want to help during sessions also need to be members – and this way you can also go out with your kids for Wednesday Night Meets as well!

For more information, please email:




Adult Programs

Learn to Orienteer Workshop

For information on our annual workshop for beginners please see the Learn to Orienteer Workshop page.

Intermediate Adult

This program is for orienteers with one or more season’s experience who want to improve their skills. Intermediate adults will meet at 19:00 to 20:30 on Monday evening starting May 6. The program cost is $50. Registration will take place at the first session on May 6 or subsequent session. (Membership and event fees are extra —  find the membership and waiver form here).

Instructor: Afan Jones (if you have any questions about this program contact afanjones(at)live(dot)com).

Red Squad

The Red Squad is for advanced orienteers aged 18 and over, as well as competitive adults. The focus of this group is on advanced training and competing. The upper end of this squad is training to win and includes members of Canada's High Performance Program and National Teams. There is an emphasis on both physical and technical training. Contact Forest at 393-3301 for more information and to join.

Guiding principles

  • Meet Mondays at 18:30 (1-1.5hrs).

  • Led by everyone.

  • Simple is good! Training exercises don’t need to be too complex, and controls are not required. Any opportunity to run in the forest on a map is better than none. It’s appropriate to send all your runners out to hang a control as a warm-up. :)

  • Season fee: $30. No fee for HPP athletes.

  • Help is available if you want to organize, but need some assistance.

  • If you want to organize a session on another night, go for it! Throw another line in the chart and send out an email.

  • Exercises should be for adv. intermediate to advanced (use cut-off options or ‘star’ exercises to make your session work for a range of speeds/abilities)

Please also check our Calendar of Events for details on our regular Wednesday Night Meets, and also consider our Learn to Orienteer Workshop and Yukon Championships, all of which welcome newcomers.

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