Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has offered its members an outdoor program stressing personal fitness. Project COPE is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It comprises 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, whereas others test individual skills and agility. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and rappel as well as think through solutions to a variety of challenges. Most participants find that they can do much more than they initially thought that they could.
Project COPE is an exciting outdoor activity that can attract and keep older boys in Scouting. It is designed to meet the needs of today's youth who are seeking greater physical and mental challenges. The underlying goals of a Project COPE course are consistent with the methods of Scouting. Group activities are ideal for emphasizing the patrol method and developing leadership. Individual activities help promote personal growth. Participation is entirely voluntary.
A Project COPE course porvides an opportunity for each participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a patrol or team. The activites are not designed to be competitive or to be races against time. The objectives include building teams, solving problems, making decisions, and developing trust, communication, leadership, planning , and self-esteem as team members cooperate to achieve goals upon which they have agreed. The course is designed to foster personal growth among both youth and adult groups.
All COPE activites require a currently certified COPE Director and currently certified COPE facilitators. For further information contact Tami Kinn at 713-756-3309.
COPE Facilitator Training Form
Project COPE Information Sheet
COPE Activity/Goal Assessment Chart
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