What is Cane Quest?

Cane Quest is a challenging orientation and mobility contest for students in grades 3-12. There are several Cane Quest regional events across the country and the contestants are divided into three categories:

Scouts: grades 3 to 6

Explorers: grades 7 to 9

Trailblazers: grades 10 to 12

Explorer and Trailblazer contestants are given auditory instructions and challenged to safely complete secret routes in their community using proper travel techniques and appropriate cane skills. Scout contestants team up with a sighted adult and earn coins as they navigate a route that demonstrates mastery of basic orientation and mobility skills and proper sighted guide techniques, within the boundaries of a school or agency.

Contestants are monitored at all times at the event by certified volunteers. They are accompanied one-on-one by a trained ‘Shadow’ to ensure they stay safe on the route. Explorer and Trailblazer contestants follow routes that include the demonstration of skills in residential areas, commercial areas, malls, and bus travel.


Join us for two weeks of excitement and competition for SoCal Cane Quest! We’re going virtual this year. Mark your calendars for May 1st!

Goodie Bags and Participation Packages

Everyone who signs up will receive a Cane Quest swag bag filled with goodies before the contest date as well as a participation package with a t-shirt, a medal, and more after completing the competition! Make sure to sign up by Friday, April 23rd to get your goodie bag in time!

GPS Travel Tech Webinar

On Thursday, April 29th at 7pm, we will be hosting a webinar focused on GPS travel technology to supplement your orientation & mobility skills.

Contest Day

The SoCal Cane Quest competition will take place on Saturday, May 1st via Microsoft Teams online video meetings. After a group introduction with all age groups, contestants will be rerouted to individual breakout rooms with their scorers. For more details, see our FAQs (Word document download).

Get Moving and Get Motivated with Paralympian Tyler Merren

On Tuesday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 5th from 3:30pm – 4:30pm Paralympic goalball player Tyler Merren, will be leading fun and motivating workshops on adaptive exercise and goal-setting for success.

Social Media Contest

Did you know one simple hashtag could win you AfterShokz bone conduction headphones? That’s right! From April 28th to May 16th, post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #CaneQuest. The post with the most likes by May 16th will be our 2021 Cane Quest Social Media Winner.

Awards Ceremony

Of course, what’s Cane Quest without the Awards Ceremony? The Awards Ceremony will be on Friday, May 14th at 3pm. We encourage you to wear your Cane Quest t-shirt and get ready to cheer as winners are announced! Link to follow.

Special Guest Speaker: Tyler Merren, GoalBall Paralympian.

Register Now!

Ready to sign up for SoCal Cane Quest? Follow this link to be redirected to the online sign-up form.

See below for details and the event activities.

More Info

Still have questions about Cane Quest? Here’s our FAQs (Word document download) and the activity schedule (Word document download).


O&M Specialists: Interested in volunteering as a virtual scorer? You’ll earn 3 CEU credits! Please contact Matthew Beckwith, mjbeckwith@brailleinstitute.org to sign up.