In order for David to be a good explorer he
needed to use some very special equipment.
He used a big metal trunk to carry his
equipment, but today most explorers carry
their equipment in a rucksack.
Can you make your own explorer’s kit?
K IT LI S T
A magnifying gl
A specimen jar
A notebook and
Animal and plan
Food and water
[ CHALLENGE ]
Orienteering is an outdoor adventure which challenges participants to use maps in order to navigate
their way to set locations. Create your own orienteering course around your school grounds or
organise a day trip to a local orienteering centre.
To follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone, take your rucksack with you on your
orienteering adventure and along the way use your tools to be a real explorer!
MAP – Follow your orienteering map to
guide your journey.
COMPASS – This will help you to find
TELESCOPE – This will help you to see
far into the distance.
MAGNIFYING GLASS – Use this to examine
any plants or creepy crawlies that you might see
during your adventure.
[ THE EXPLORER ]
SPECIMEN JAR – Put interesting things inside
your jar to show the rest of your class when you
have completed your journey. If you capture any
creepy crawlies then you must release them back
into the wild where you found them once you
NOTEBOOK AND PENCIL – Use these to draw or
write about anything interesting that you see or
do during your adventure. You can then use your
notes to write up a full account of your adventure
when you’re back in class.
ANIMAL AND PLANT IDENTIFIER – Use an
identification book or printed sheets to help
you identify any animals and plants that you
see during your journey (see useful links at the
end of this book). Alternatively, you can use
your specimen samples, notes and drawings to
identify plants and animals when you’re back in
FOOD AND WATER – Explorers need to look after
their health in order to last the journey. Make
sure you take food and water with you to keep
up your energy.