NorCAL Odyssey of the Mind

NorCal Odyssey of the Mind Covid-19 Update

Our philosophy as an organization is to approach the current situation with empathy and urgency. NorCal Odyssey's top priority is the health and safety of our students, volunteers, families, schools and community organizations that participate in Odyssey of the Mind in California North.

Odyssey of the Mind Headquarters and the NorCal Association Board support measures of participating virtually. After much evaluation and consideration the NorCal Board decided for the safety of all  we will be online for regional and state association tournaments.   World Finals is still hoping to see it happen in-person if safe in the spring,  but if not will be holding WF online for all that qualify.  We’ll also be  introducing a set of resources that we hope will help you and your team to adapt to these times while participating in Odyssey of the Mind.

We know that everybody’s circumstances are different, and if you have suggestions for how we can better support you, please let us know by emailing . We are here to help. Our team of volunteers  in our state and around the world are working hard to develop supportive resources and training that will assist in this journey.  We promise to listen to your concerns, learn from your feedback, and continually look for ways for all of us to navigate this situation.

We look forward to the day when teams can meet in-person and we can gather for live tournaments but for now we will follow the guidance of the the national, state, and local agencies to social distance.

Thinking beyond the box we look forward to  enjoying a season of creativity and imagination on new platforms and in new formats.

Be safe and well.

Diedre Girod

Association State Director, NorCal Odyssey of the Mind

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– Traditional International Membership – $135 OR

– for teams without sponsor Virtual International Membership – $100


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Purchase a state membership from NorCal Odyssey Association for each Traditional International Membership – $80 or for a Virtual International Membership $60 which is required to participate in the NorCal Odyssey of the Mind program.

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