Parents Are Important
Parents are the ones who are driving the carpools, forking out money for pizza, opening closets for major scavenging, waiting while the team cleans up after a meeting, postponing dinner because one more prop needs finished, and generally watching from the sidelines while the team “gets creative!”
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Be Your Team’s Judge or Volunteer!
Your Odyssey of the Mind Regional Board also relies on parents for help. Virginia Odyssey of the Mind competition uses approximately 100 judges and 100 volunteers to ensure a smooth, exciting tournament for all. Consequently each team is required to provide one judge AND one volunteer to register. Here are the opportunities for parents, friends, and relatives to help make the regional tournament possible. We feel certain you will enjoy helping, and few volunteer opportunities directly benefit so many children in an educational program!
Parent Responsibilities on Tournament Day
We believe that this program offers something unique for your children. They will learn teamwork, creative problem solving, divergent thinking, persistence, practical skills, and many other abilities through Odyssey of the Mind. Please remember we are all volunteers working together to make this happen for the kids.
To ensure teams are scored fairly, we require each team to provide a judge (and volunteer) for tournament day so we can provide necessary training prior to the big day. A judge will need to be available for this role all day so there is consistent scoring. Simply stated, the teams, and very likely your children, have worked too hard not to be judged fairly. If you are a past or present supporter of the Odyssey of the Mind program please consider helping judge this year’s event.
General Information about Judges:
All Odyssey of the Mind judges and volunteers must be 18 years or older and high school graduates. Judges must attend a full‐day training seminar in addition to judging at the tournament. Judges associated with teams needs to be aware that he/she will be required to judge at State Finals if your team advances.
For more information on VA Tournament judge registration, please visit the registration site here.
Tournament Day Volunteers
Odyssey of the Mind is a completely volunteer run organization. It takes approximately 100 judges and 100 volunteers, depending on tournament size, to run a smooth tournament and we count on each and every one to help make this a positive experience for the teams.
General Information about Volunteers
All Odyssey of the Mind judges and volunteers must be 18 years or older and high school graduates. Judges must attend a full‐day training seminar in addition to judging at the tournament.
Giving To Virginia Odyssey
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Virginia Odyssey of the Mind continues to look for Corporate Sponsors for our program. As a corporate sponsor, your corporation will be associated with a program that supports quality and integrity in education and at the same time contributes to the development of a society of creative problem solvers. If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, or you want additional information on pricing structures, please contact us at email@example.com.
Virginia Odyssey of the Mind, Inc. is an affiliate of Creative Opportunities Unlimited, and is recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.