C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) consists of a series of elements and challenges designed to foster problem solving skills, leadership, teamwork, and group interaction. Seven key goals are developed during this experience: Leadership, Trust, Communication, Teamwork, Self Esteem, Problem Solving, and Decision Making.
These goals are accomplished through a challenge by choice program designed to encourage the group to work together, communicate with each other, and trust the group decision as they attempt a solution to the objective.
Held at the Randy Wilborn COPE Course, the C.O.P.E. program generally consists of Initiative Games, Low Course Elements, and High Course Elements. Each team of participants will move from one level to the next based on their abilities and understanding.
The C.O.P.E. Program is restricted to scouts age 13 and older by the time the Scout arrives at camp. Session size is limited, and all participants MUST have a current medical form signed by a parent and a physician. Required clothing includes closed-toe shoes and no slick material shorts. C.O.P.E. is a five-day program and all participants MUST attend all five days. NO EXCEPTIONS. If a participant completes all requirements before Friday, he must attend all sessions to qualify for a completion certificate because the entire team is necessary to be successful. Project C.O.P.E. provides each participant the opportunity for success as an individual and as a member of a group.
While this activity is challenge by choice, it is physically demanding and requires good endurance and stamina. Be prepared to meet the challenge. Although scouts are excited to participate in C.O.P. E., this program is intended for older scouts. Leaders are encouraged to critically evaluate the maturity level of the scouts interested in participating. If space is available, after all scouts who wish to participate are signed up, a limited number of registered adult leaders will be accepted.
C.O.P.E. t-shirts are available to participants who complete the program at an additional cost at Trading Post.