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.