Use the Moon and a Watch to Find North
The moon will tell you where the sun is, and from the sun’s position, you can figure out north.
Face the full moon, and the sun is right behind you. When the moon is new and you see it as only a thin sickle, the sun is in front of you, under the horizon.
Once you know where the sun is, use your watch to find north. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere (north of the equator), point the hour hand of the watch in the direction of the sun. Midway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock will be south.
Another way to find north is to find a tree with moss. The side of the tree the moss is on faces roughly north.
I think boys’ life is awesome, it has showed me what to do in an emergency.
I agree, use the north star,
or just use the compass in your iphone
like everyone else…
Or just use the north star?
I have a digital watch. I’ll stick with traveling by day.
This is what scouts everywhere need to learn
I suppose the watch must be accurate and running. Does daylight savings time affect the result?
yeah guess so
If it is Daylight savings time, you would be off by how far an hour is on your watch, so just adjust whether it is +1 or-1 hours
You should be sleeping at night so you dont wonder around and hurt yourself. Get up at the 1st light then find your way back.
Ah, okay so you can find the sun if it’s a full moon or small crescent moon. What about a moon in between?
So cool! We need to be teaching this as part of Scoutcraft.