Date and Time

Saturday, June 4, 2022 9:00AM - Sunday, June 5, 2022 4:00PM


Blue Hills,
Massachusetts, Southeast,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.

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In this two-day weekend workshop, you will learn navigation skills using a map and compass. The course assumes no prior experience. We start with basic instruction and progress over two days to cover some intermediate and advanced skills. All activities will take place at the Blue Hills Reservation about 20 minutes south of Boston. Saturday morning will consist of classroom instruction. You'll learn how to read a topographic map, how to use a compass, and how a map and compass work together. In the afternoon you'll get to practice your skills on a directed hike using the DCR trail map. This will include a bushwhack between two trails. On Sunday groups will plan their own route to find flags hidden both on and off-trail. You will be using a topographical map that does not show the trails and will use terrain features such as valleys, brooks, and hills to reach your destination. Each group will have an instructor to help facilitate the learning. Class size is capped, and students assign themselves to groups of 5 to 7. This promotes small group learning. In addition, each group will have an assistant teacher to help facilitate the group exercises. For this activity you will need to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated by emailing an image of your vaccination card to the registrar or alternatively provide a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the workshop and showing a negative result. Masks will not be required on the hikes or during the classroom instruction. The registrar is on holiday for two weeks in April and will respond to registration requests submitted during this time when he gets back.

AMC Trip Policy

COVID 19 Information: As of December 1, 2021 AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may be required to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative a current (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending this event. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly.


Adult: $75 member / $100 non-member
*Includes two full days of small group instruction. Printout of class material. Laminated crib-cards. Does not include compass. If you cancel your registration prior to the workshop, you will be fully refunded if you can find someone to take your place. If you cannot find someone to take your place your registration fee may be forfeited.

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Map & Compass


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

Southeastern Massachusetts



Nearby AMC Destination

Ponkapoag Camp


Adults (18+)


(best time to call: After 8 AM and before 7 PM)

Living in Boston I enjoy hiking around Greater Boston and beyond. I am a four season hike leader for the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the AMC and lead both local hikes as well as destination hikes such as to the White Mountains (I am certified in Wilderness First Aid). You may often find me in the Blue Hills with my dog Sunny.


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