NorCal Odyssey of the Mind


For over 40 years, Odyssey of the Mind (OM) has empowered young people (K-12 + university) around the world to embrace their creativity, learn divergent-thinking skills, and contribute as part of a team to develop innovative solutions to open-ended problems.  The program has a long history in California, with over 750 teams competing.

The skills acquired in Odyssey of the Mind help young people succeed in life and make them attractive candidates for university admission and internship/career opportunities. For participants, OM is a hands-on, engaging, and social experience.  From robotics to acting, painting to engineering, coding to music, participants learn valuable new skills while having so much fun!

Best yet, OM is affordable: every young person has the opportunity to participate! Whether OM is run as a school activity, a community program, or a family/friend offering, OM is available to anyone and everyone who wants to join!

by Jim Mourey

"Don't just step outside the box - DANCE!"

- Donna Joyce

Starting a Team

General Interest
Generate interest in the Odyssey program.

Let’s Talk!

If you would like more information please contact Membership Director, Cameran Haire, at

International Membership
Any school, home school, or community group may purchase a membership from Creative Competitions, Inc at

Traditional International Membership – $290 Join now!

Pricing for the 2022-2023 season



NorCal State Membership
Purchase a state membership from NorCal Odyssey Association for each Traditional Membership  $80 *  which is required to participate in the NorCal Odyssey of the Mind program.

(* subject to change)

Qualifying Tournament
Each team competing in a Qualifying Tournament (replacing the Regional Tournament)  pays a $75* registration fee per team. Participation in a Qualifying Tournament is required to advance to the State Tournament.

(* subject to change)


Get started with your team. Get training for coaching and coordinating.

Pay NorCal State Membership



The state membership will register your group and allows for the membership to participate in California North. These funds are used to run the state tournament, train officials, and maintain the program in Northern California.

NorCal Odyssey Association Tournament



  • Competitions are over for this year. Please come back in September for the year's Competitions.

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News & Announcements

Support the Odyssey Adventure!

Team are you ready? Team, begin! This declaration brings excitement to thousands of Odyssey of the Mind participants each year. All their hard work is paying off as they share their unique solution at tournament time. And it’s appropriate that

Team Tip Tuesday

First TEAM TIP TUESDAY advice!! From Helen Girod a retired team Omer originally from the Coastal Region in California and now resides in Maryland. She has been a Team Member, World Finalist, State Board Member and Regional/State/WF Official. Love this

NorCal Happenings for the 2022-2023 Season

Letter from the Association Directors Greetings!  As NorCal Odyssey Co-Association Directors, Bruce Mackinlay and Diedre Girod, we want to welcome you all to the 2022-2023 season. The new Odyssey of the Mind season is here and with a new season

Help Support Students

NorCal Odyssey is a non-profit organizations that runs on volunteer efforts. Help support the efforts of this organization to give Nouthern California students the opportunity to let their imaginations grow and be creative.

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