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COPE is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It is comprised of a series of outdoor challenges, beginning with basic group initiative games, and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities. Some of these events involve a group effort, while others test individual skills and agility.  Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel and think through solutions to a variety of challenges.

The course provides an opportunity for each participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a group. The objectives of Project COPE include building confidence, developing leadership skills, and attaining a sense of common cooperation among group members. The course is designed to build more self-confidence in a shorter length of time than anything most people have experienced.

What is a COPE Instructor?

With the help of a COPE Director, you help teach the COPE guidelines and rules to all participants, help run initiative games, set up the high course and low course activities, hand out equipment, learn to belay and teach knot work. And MOST IMPORTANT is to help keep everybody safe! Are you afraid of heights? No problem. There is always ground work to be done.


When: April 10-12 Rain or shine!

You must attend all of Saturday and Sunday to get Instructor certified!

Where: Rescia Falls, Scout Reservation. We will be using Bear Lodge as our base camp for Cooking and sleeping. There are separate rooms for males, females and adults. This is agreat opportunity for a Venture Crew activity. Tenting is also available in the Summer Camp Staff site next to the lodge. The lodge is heated and has showers.

Who: Adult Leaders, Boy Scouts and Venturers 16 years old or older

Fee: $25.00 per participant

Participant Requirements: all of the below paperwork MUST be turned in!

  1. 1)Project COPE Registration Form/Hold Harmless Agreement
  2. 2)Part A and B of the medical consent/ information form Forms can be found on council web site
  3. 3) Scout should have a letter of approval from Scoutmaster or advisor (bring with you)

To register online, click here
To download an event flier, click here

ZiplineSilo2 BlueIs your Troop or Crew looking for a COPE opportunity?

Do you enjoy participating in COPE and want to get involved on the COPE Committee?

Contact COPE/Climbing Chair Steve Thomson at (267) 326-7024 or for more information or to sign-up for a COPE Weekend!

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