What is COPE?
Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, or C.O.P.E., is the challenge course program of the Boy Scouts of America. It is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by a trained staff directed at enhancing personal growth.
The recognized goals of the program are:
Teamwork - Teamwork is the key that allows a group to meet a COPE challenge successfully. The COPE experience makes it clear that each individual can accomplish more as a member of a team than going it alone.
Communication - Project COPE encourages real learning of critical listening and discussion skills important for any group attempting to accomplish difficult tasks.
Trust - Participants completing difficult tasks on a COPE course develop trust in COPE staff members, the safety of the course, each other and themselves.
Leadership - Leadership is given and assumed naturally, and can be expressed in many ways. Team members attempting to solve problems on a COPE course have many opportunities to develop and exercise leadership skills.
Decision Making - Project COPE requires groups to make decisions by developing one or more solutions to a problem, considering the available resources and alternatives, and evaluating the possible results.
Problem Solving - Project COPE challenges groups and individuals to develop solutions to interesting problems. Participants can then test their solutions and evaluate the results.
Self-Esteem - Meeting the challenges of a COPE course allows individuals and groups to develop self-esteem and encourages them to adopt challenging attainable goals.
What types of groups might benefit from COPE?
| Troops || Crews || Explorer Posts |
| Colleges || Sports Teams || Police Departments |
| Youth Groups || Prison Staff || Search and Rescue Companies |
| School Systems || Fire Departments || Sheriff Departments |
| Corporate Business || Judicial System || Small and Larger Businesses |
| J.R.O.T.C. || Chambers of Commerce || Church Groups |
Who runs COPE?
Project COPE is a program of the Camping Division of the BSA. Each COPE course is run locally by the area BSA Council, under the rules and regulations set by National BSA. Councils which operate a COPE course must designate a COPE Director to supervise the administration, safety and operation of the program. Each COPE director must be certified by National by successfully completing the approved training for this position.
The COPE Program in Garden State Council takes place at Roosevelt Scout Reservation. COPE events can be customized for your group. Events can run a full day or half day.
The 2010 fees are $35.00 for Southern New Jersey Council Registered Units and $45.00 for Out of Council and Non Scout related Groups.