Learn how to operate the ropes course and facilitate team building activities. Options available to be trained on the tower only or to be trained for both the tower and COPE course.
March 11-12, 2016, Little Sioux Scout Ranch (Ropes & COPE)
March 18-19, 2016, Camp Cedars (COPE only)
cost: $30 for both weekends (includes meals and materials)
minimum age: 16
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Learn how to manage the use of a tower or COPE course. Participants MUST be already trained as a Level I Instructor.
September 9-10, 2016, Little Sioux Scout Ranch (Ropes & COPE)
September 16-17, 2016, Camp Cedars (COPE only)
cost: $45 for both weekends (includes meals and materials)
minimum age: 21
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COPE stands for "Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience". It's a
program provided by the Boy Scouts of America and the Mid-America
Council and was created for those with a desire for high adventure. COPE
offers a set of stimulating activities designed to meet the needs of
today's youth and adults who are seeking greater mental challenges.
Group initiative games, as well as low- and high-course activities,
offer a chance to solve problems and scenarios designed to test both
group and individual skills. COPE provides an opportunity for each
participant to achieve success by helping him or her recognize their
strengths and weaknesses. Participants will learn how to use these
skills to help the team and themselves. Most participants accept the
challenge, stretching their abilities and comfort levels to accomplish
more than they ever dreamed possible. COPE is an effective tool for
attracting and keeping older boys in Scouting.
The objectives of COPE are to provide an exciting outdoor learning experience and to develop eight key skills:
A successful COPE experience builds a strong bond among the team
members. COPE initiatives are based on non-competitive games where
everyone is a winner. Team challenges are designed to facilitate
learning through events where progress is measured by performance not
product. The COPE program provides an opportunity for every participant
to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a team.
All participants are expected to respect the experiences of others
and to have a positive mental attitude throughout the activities. No one
is asked to do more than he or she is willing to undertake, but each is
invited to do as much as they can, setting and striving toward their
own goals and contributing to the team objectives.
COPE is not just games. Through guided discussion of the
experience of each element, what was learned and what goals were
achieved is just as important as the actual activity, and vital to the
learning process. Games and low-course elements are a constructive
prerequisite to high-course elements, and are not to be discounted. COPE
is not an obstacle course, nor a physical skill eliminator. There are
parts of COPE for everyone!
Please contact the Council Ropes Committee or Scouter Services or call 402.431.9BSA (402.431.9272).