Informational Sheet and Pricing
Challenge Outdoor Personal Experience, or C.O.P.E., is the challenge
course (ropes 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. Hold
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The recognized goals of the program are:
. Self esteem
. Problem Solving
. Decision Making
What makes C.O.P.E. special?
It has challenges but is not an obstacle course- Traditional obstacle
courses emphasize physical performance and exclude non-athletes from
success. C.O.P.E. encourages "personal best" performance from each individual
while increasing their awareness of their physical self.
It can be a thrilling experience but it is not a "thrill ride" -
Although elements of C.O.P.E. may seem like "thrill rides" , the difference
is that the participants must invest personal effort, responsibility
and commitment to reach each level. They must decide for themselves
how far they go and when, or if, to take the next step.
Safety is everyone's responsibility- Staff and participants are
actively involved in maintaining a safe program. Using safety skills
and understanding risk ensures Emotional as well as physical well
being of everyone.
Each experience is customized for the group/individual. - Since
one of the goals of the program to to enhance self-esteem, the experience
must be challenging but not futile. Each group also has its own goals
and objectives that can be best met by careful selection of challenges.
The staff "facilitates", the group "leads" -The staff sets-up the
program, ensures safety, presents the challenges and facilitates the
group/individual processing of the experience, but does not give "answers".
The group must solve problems and make decision themselves.
Who uses C.O.P.E.?
C.O.P.E. is adapted to the needs and goals for the age and dynamics of the
group. (Minimum age 13)
Where is the Course?
The Golden Spread Council's C.O.P.E. Course is located on 50 acres of Camp
Don Harrington in Palo Duro Canyon. The 18 element course has wooded and
open settings with a scenic canyon backdrop. The C.O.P.E. Course is for Scouters,
Corporate and Civic Organizations that want a one-of-a-kind experience.
If you would like to sign up your business for an excellent leadership
program please contact the Scout Office by phone 358-6500 or email: GoldenSpreadCouncil@Scouting.org.