Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience
What is Project C.O.P.E. ?
C.O.P.E. is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It is a program rooted in the theory of experiential learning, or - learning by doing and experiencing concepts firsthand.The course 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 C.O.P.E. 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.
Who Uses C.O.P.E. ?
The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America developed Project C.O.P.E. to meet the needs of today's youth who are seeking greater challenges to their physical and mental abilities. The goals of Project C.O.P.E. are consistent with the methods of Scouting. Group activities are ideal for emphasizing the patrol method and developing leadership potential. Individual activities help promote personal growth.
An unexpected dividend has been the use of Project C.O.P.E. by youth and adults outside of Scouting. Schools, community groups, recreational groups and businesses have found it an excellent tool for developing both team effort and individual achievement.
Through the use of the C.O.P.E. program, groups have the opportunity to use an outdoor setting, in a retreat-like atmosphere, to develop leadership potential, problem solving skills, and teamwork among their members.
The Project C.O.P.E. Program
Initiative Activities are a series of adventure games, trust activities and cooperative problem solving used to teach participants to work together, through communication and trust, to achieve their goals. These activities are active and engaging and allow the participants the opportunity to have fun while trying something new. Participants learn to be at ease with reliance on others for their physical well being, and with the responsibility of providing for the safety of others.
Low Course Activities present a series of challenging low lying activities requiring spotting. These activities require group cooperation and problem solving to succeed. Individual agility and commitment are required to negotiate the events.
High Course Activities include the Climbing and Rappelling Tower as well as the Aerial Challenge course. Participants negotiate a series of log, rope and cable obstacles 35 feet off the ground. These activities require effort beyond the routine and encourage participants to pursue new experiences and exercise sound risk taking.
Cape & Islands Project C.O.P.E.
The Cape Cod & Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America offers a year round C.O.P.E. program at Camp Greenough located in Yarmouthport on Cape Cod. Ten acres of this beautiful 300 acre camp have been set aside for Project C.O.P.E.
Project C.O.P.E. is staffed by National Camp School certified directors and instructors. The National Camp School is the highest level of training available in the Boy Scouts of America for this program. Staff members are knowledgeable and personally skilled in the activities. They are effective teachers and are constantly vigilant to safety procedures and participants needs.
Project C.O.P.E. consists of a wide variety of activities which are adjusted and tailored to meet the needs of each group. The program can be offered as a one day experience or as a full weekend course.
For further information, contact the Cape Cod & Islands Council office. We will help you plan the experience of a lifetime!
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