2. Get school approval to begin an Odyssey program.

  • Find out whether the school already sponsors the program.
  • Check with your school or organization to get approval for the membership and to discuss what resources the school is willing to provide.
  • Talk to the principal about the goals and values of Odyssey of the Mind.
  • Get approval for this extracurricular activity.
  • Explain what might be required in terms of sending flyers home, having a meeting for interested parents and students, enlisting a faculty sponsor, and perhaps soliciting teachers to judge at the Regional Tournament.
  • In some cases, such as with Fairfax County public secondary schools, you’ll need to determine whether Odyssey will be an officially sponsored club (in which case a faculty sponsor is needed) or an activity simply endorsed by the school (no sponsor needed).

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