OAK currently offers 3 programs

The Acorns and Saplings programs run at the same venues at the same time, so if you have multiple children of different ages, you’re covered!

Click the links above for a taste of what your child will learn in each program, or check the registration page for details of the next sessions.

Athlete development

Our programs are aligned with the Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L) Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) stages. The LTAD looks at the creation of a person first, then an athlete, and finally a competitor. It is of utmost importance that youth experience a variety of sports and games when they are young while learning how to move and use their body (physical literacy).

There are 4 Corners that are integral to the LTAD:

  1. Sport technical/tactical/strategic skills
  2. Mental skills
  3. Physical capacity (literacy)
  4. Life skills

Our goal is that young athletes enjoy their time orienteering, gain some skills, and become active for life no matter where their lives take them!

In the OAK program,

  • Acorns covers FUNdamentals and introduces Learn to Train
  • Saplings covers Learn to Train and introduces Train to Train
  • Great OAKs covers Train to Train and Learn to Compete
  • Train to Compete and Train to Win coaching is provided by the Orienteering Canada High Performance Program.