2022-23 Cabin John Odyssey of the Mind
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What is Odyssey of the Mind?
Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) is an international program aimed at developing creative problem solving skills in children of all ages (kindergarten through college).  There are two general categories of problems: spontaneous and long-term.  
 - For spontaneous problems, children work as a team to solve a problem in a few minutes.
 - For long-term problems, children work as a team over the course of several months to solve a more involved problem.  
The program encourages teamwork, critical analysis of ideas, learning how to listen to one another, effective conflict resolution, flexible creative thinking, and on-stage performance skills.
For more info: https://odysseyofthemind.com, and the Maryland state program website at https://mdodyssey.org.
Who is Eligible?
Middle School Teams (Graded 6-8) participate in Division 2.  
When and Where
During the 2022-23 year, meetings will be on Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:30. The fall meetings will begin on October 14th.  Beginning in January, many teams will likely add a few weekend meetings (outdoors or at parents’ homes) to do additional work on the long-term problem for things like set and prop production.  
The Maryland State Tournament will be held in late March 2023.  For any teams that qualify and decide to attend World Finals, those will be held in late May of 2023 in person, alongside a virtual alternative in late April.
How Does It Work?
Success in the program depends on innovation, parent volunteers, and hard work. Student members will learn creative thinking and must also expect to put a lot of effort into their long-term problem. The program is run entirely by parent volunteers (some of whom will be team coaches). The OotM coaches (all of whom will be provided training) will provide spontaneous problems and offer teaching in skills relevant to the program. However, work on the long-term problem is entirely team-driven – no one but the team members can generate ideas for solving the problem. Parents who do not serve as coaches can instead volunteer to help with many other necessary tasks throughout the year. Teams of 5-7 students will be formed based on grade level, interests, child preferences, and balance.
Cost
Currently, we do not have a registration fee. However, through the year, there might be expenses ranging from $20 - $60 per person for team expenses including t-shirts and tournament fees.
If You Are Interested in Odyssey of the Mind
+ Indicate your interest via this form (see following pages) no later than Friday, September 30.
+ Contact coordinators immediately (CabinJohnOdyssey@gmail.com) if you are willing to be a coach.

Questions?
Send any questions to CabinJohnOdyssey@gmail.com 
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