The Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America offers the Project C.O.P.E. program at both Camp Rainey Mountain in Clayton, Georgia and Scoutland in Gainesville, Georgia. C.O.P.E. is the acronym derived from Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. The program is composed of group initiative games, trust events, low-course events and high- course events. Some activities involve a group challenge, while others develop individual skills and agility. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel and devise solutions to a variety of problems. Most participants achieve much more than they imagine they could.
The stimulating activities and events of Project C.O.P.E. are designed to meet the needs of people of all ages who are seeking ways to challenge and expand their physical and mental abilities. As a noncompetitive program, Project C.O.P.E. permits every participant to be a winner, and the underlying goals of Project C.O.P.E. preserve the objective of the Boy Scouts of America. The group activities are ideal for enhancing the leadership and teamwork of Scout units and activities challenging individuals can be used to bolster self-esteem and promote personal growth.
A Project C.O.P.E. course provides an opportunity for each participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a patrol or team. The activities are not designed to be competitive or to be races against time. 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. Eight major goals are associated with Project C.O.P.E. activities:
- Leadership Development
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
The Project C.O.P.E. experience is composed of i
- Initiative games are used at the beginning of each C.O.P.E. session to help participants learn to work together through communications and trust to achieve their goals. For example, Punctured Drum challenges a group to fill a perforated 55-gallon drum with water as quickly as possible. The Challenge can be made more difficult by blindfolding participants or prohibiting them from speaking.
- Low-course events do not require participants to be on “belay” (use of a safety line to protect against falls on events six feet or more above ground). While individual coordination and strength are helpful, participants accomplish the low-course activities with the support and combined efforts of their group.
- A C.O.P.E. activity is considered a high-course event if participants must be on belay. High-course events also tend to focus on individual initiative rather than group problem solving. For example, Caving Ladder and Zip Wire can only be accomplished one participant at a time. However, these events must be completed with group support and safety belays.
Additionally Project C.O.P.E. is offered as a part of the Camp Rainey Mountain summer camp program in a week long adventure for more information about this version of the program please see the summer camp leaders guide. The Open C.O.P.E. weekend program is designed to participate in initiative games and the low-course on Saturday and the high-course on Sunday. For reservations please pickup a reservation form at any of the Northeast Georgia Council Scout offices or complete the registration form here.
For more information, contact the Senior COPE Director.
Project C.O.P.E. is open to all individuals who are at least 14 years of age or 13 years old and completed 8th grade when they plan to participate in the program. Project C.O.P.E. is open to both boys and girls who are registered with any Boy Scout unit such as a Troop, Crew or Explorer Post.
Medical Screening /Liability Release
Participants must complete and sign a Medical Screening/Liability Release
Medical Information for Youth High Adventure Participants
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