Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience
Teamwork, Leadership, Self-Esteem, Communication, Decision Making,
Problem Solving and Fun!
What is Project
is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It 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 COPE 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 COPE?
The National Council of the Boy Scouts of
America developed Project COPE to meet the needs of today’s youth who are
seeking greater challenges to their physical and mental abilities. The goals of
Project COPE 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.
An unexpected dividend has been the use of
Project COPE 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 COPE 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
Camp Tuckahoe Project COPE
The York-Adams Area Council of the Boy Scouts
of America offers a year round COPE program at Camp Tuckahoe located near
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. Twenty-five acres of this beautiful 1,300 acre camp has
been set aside for Project COPE.
Project COPE 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
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 COPE 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.
The Project COPE Program
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.
Course Activities present a series of challenging low activities.
These activities require group cooperation and problem solving to succeed.
Because many of the obstacles are elevated, group members work together to spot
each other to prevent falls and injury. Individual agility and commitment are
required to negotiate the events.
Activities include eight Aerial Challenge elements. 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. At all times while on the
course, a participant is attached to a belay line to prevent accidents. Everyone
within the High Course area must wear a safety helmet. SAFETY
IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR ALL ASPECTS OF COPE.
For further information, call the
camping service at the York-Adams Area Council
office at (717) 843-0901 or (800) 569-5197 (outside York) or fax us at (717) 845-6338 and request
a conference with one of the COPE staff members. They will help plan your
experience of a lifetime!