All schools, all orienteering clubs and all countries all over the world are encouraged to participate in World Orienteering Day. The next World Orienteering Day will be May 24th 2017. WOD 2016 was a great success and a world record.Read more Register participation
The International Orienteering Federation´s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:
Increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Federations, helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.
Visionary course of action
Each club of all national Orienteering Federations gets in touch with at least one school. As teachers might need help to implement orienteering so the lessons are a fun and exciting experience, the IOF is working on providing teaching materials in different languages. The Regional Development and Youth Commission of the IOF coordinates and links interested Orienteering people from its national federations together in a school orienteering network in order to exchange materials and experiences. After the event, the students get to keep their maps to take home and show to their friends and family.
WOD 2017 and 2018
The next World Orienteering Days will take place on May 24th 2017 and on May 23rd 2018!
On Wednesday May 11th 2016, the first World Orienteering Day was a huge success, with more than 250 000 participants all over the world taking part in an orienteering event. Schools, clubs and enthusiast all over the world made a fantastic contribution and we managed to beat the world record.
WOD guidelines (read)
WOD guidelines (download PDF)
(Please mention the photographer Ulf Palm when using photo 1-5)