COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience)



We are very proud of our course. Initially built in 1994, and updated and grown in 2012. It boasts ten low course elements and a 30 foot high ropes course with 7 elements, culminating with a 250 foot gravity stop zip line. 

Low COPE Course: Elements of the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) Course that involve both group interaction and personal challenge. Groups work together to complete each element and help/spot each other. The time period of 90 minutes generally allows groups to complete from two to four events. National Council regulations permit all scouts to participate in groups of up to 12. The minimum number of Scouts is 5.

Our fabulous High COPE Course is a three session experience. We recently improved the program to better suit the needs of older scouts in your troop who are looking for more camp adventure. Designed to develop leadership skills and foster cooperation among scouts, our COPE course will challenge your scouts physically and mentally. Scouts who participate will spend Tuesday (3pm‐5pm) and (7pm‐8:30pm), and Thursday (1pm‐4pm) at Summit Base, first at the Low Course to build leadership, trust, and communication; then at the climbing tower where they will learn basic climbing knots and belaying skills; and finally at the High Course where they will finish strong on the more individually challenging elements 30 feet in the air. Scouts must be 13 by January 1, 2016 and participate in all three sessions. We encourage scouts to sign up provisionally. This program can be found in the advancement section of our online registration system. There is a minimum group size of 5 and a maximum of 12.

  

SAFETY


National promotion of Project COPE enables the Boy Scouts of America to establish standards designed to meet Scouting's needs and concerns for safety within a strong network. Each COPE facility is inspected at least twice annually once by a regional inspection team and once by a council inspection team. The safety of Scouts, leaders, and staff is imperative. Mere concern about safety is not sufficient. This concern must be demonstrated by a director and staff members who are knowledgeable and personally skilled in the respective course activities, who are effective teachers, and who are constantly alert to safety procedures and participant needs. Prospective staff members must be carefully screened. A qualified staff must be assembled with enough members to ensure that continuation of the program does not depend on one or two people. Standards for Project COPE are stringent so that the experience will be both safe and successful.

CERTIFICATION


Project COPE directors are certified through weeklong training at a National Camping School or at Philmont Scout Ranch during the annual Boy Scouting conferences. A currently certified Project COPE director must be on site whenever the COPE course is being operated. Each COPE course must be inspected annually using the national standards for Project COPE.