Teams consist of 5-7 individuals, and each team requires at least one coach. Any organization can put a team together - churches, retirement communities, senior centers, and more can be a part of the fun!
Before committing to Senior Odyssey, it may be helpful to encourage groups to get together to work on brain healthy activities, very similar to the spontaneous problems found in Odyssey of the Mind. Once groups are used to this and enjoying it, begin to talk with them more about what Odyssey is and if they want to be a part of it!
Senior Odyssey Season
Each “season” of Senior Odyssey is a special and unique journey. A group of individuals comes together and over the course of 8 to 16 weeks, they become a team! Teams will begin meeting in late January and the competition will be held May 20, 2017.
The curriculum is meant to be flexible and FUN! The time devoted to each portion of the curriculum will change over the course of the season. At the beginning more time will be spent on the getting-to-know-you exercises. Additional activities such as spontaneous practice problems and planning the long-term problem solution will gradually be introduced and become the main focus as the season progresses.
What will it Cost?
Cost is a big concern for anyone considering implementing a new program. By using curriculum already established, the cost will be quite minimal. Potential costs are outlined below:
- Odyssey of the Mind Annual Membership: Every senior team must join the national Odyssey of the Mind organization. This gives the team access to the new set of long-term problems that are introduced each year. Currently an annual membership costs $135. Purchase your's here: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/p/membership-registration/.
- There is a cost of $65 that is paid to the Senior Odyssey of Michigan program. This money is used to defray the costs associated with regional competition. To register your team for the 2017 Season please complete the registration form. Click here for the 2017 team registration form. All registration fees are non-refundable.
- Problem expenses: In order to equalize the playing field, each long-term solution has a specific monetary limit on what can be spent in creating a solution. Although the limit is quite high, ($125-$145), most teams do not come close to spending that amount. Many garage sale items and things that participants have in their homes can be used in the solutions. (Clothing for costumes, tables or chairs, silk flowers, etc.)
- Supplies: Random craft supplies are necessary for spontaneous problems. These items are often things that are on hand or easily obtained.
- Teams must also find one person willing to serve as a volunteer judge for the day of the competition.