Cane Quest

Cane Quest logo folded cane made of five different colors

Southern California Cane Quest 2023:
SoCal Cane Quest returns on Saturday, October 21st, at Cal State, Los Angeles! Join us for the orientation & mobility competition and show off your white cane skills and travel techniques!

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.

It’s Competition Time!

Cane Quest season is here! Braille Institute kicks off the season at the start of October, which is Orientation and Mobility Month!

Cane Quest season will run from October 2023 to April 2024.

Braille Institute hosts one of many regional Cane Quest right here in Southern California. For those of you who participate in other regional Cane Quest’s across the globe, be sure to check out the updated regional event dates found here.

We look forward to you attending a fun regional Cane Quest near you that challenges your white cane skills and travel techniques!