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.

Together Again

Greetings All –

It is once again Cane Quest season! Summer break is over, and students and teachers are brimming with excitement to be back to programs and learning together.

Being open and flexible will be key to navigating this upcoming season. Beyond the additional health and safety protocols, Cane Quest programs will look different as regionals host virtual, in-person or hybrid programs.

Cane Quest season will run from October 2021 to April of 2022.

This month the National Programs team will be hosting a series of Regional Coordinators meetings. We will be sharing program updates and answering any questions you may have about your program. It has never been more important for us to look out for one another and support each other as we navigate these uncertain times.

Here’s to a terrific Cane Quest season!

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 Rachel Antoine, rantoine@brailleinstitute.org to sign up.