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C.O.P.E. stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It is made up of group initiative games, low course (below 12’ in height) elements and high course (above 12’ in height) elements. Some activities involve group problem solving, while others test individual skills. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to various scenarios. Climbing takes place at our practice bouldering wall and our 40’ tall climbing and rappelling wall. Both activities are challenge-by-choice.

The program will be conducted at Camp Squanto, Old Colony Council, B.S.A. in Plymouth, MA. Every program is conducted by a National Camping School Certified C.O.P.E. Director and other trained facilitators.

The C.O.P.E. & Climbing Course may be reserved any day or weekend throughout the year except for holidays, summer camp, and a few other select dates. Camp Squanto is closed for unit camping in June, but a day C.O.P.E. & Climbing event may be scheduled at that time.

Minimum participants required: 6

Maximum participants: Depends upon availability of C.O.P.E. & Climbing staff. The more participants you have, the more critical it is to schedule well in advance so that the staff will have sufficient notice and be available for the course.

Youths under the age of 13 may participate in the program at the discretion of the course director.

Adult leaders are not required to attend C.O.P.E. & Climbing activities, however, their attendance is required for supervision when C.O.P.E & Climbing activities are not in session. (Reminder: Boy Scout policy is two-deep leadership.)

Wear long durable, non-restrictive trousers and sturdy, lightweight, jogging, tennis, or hiking footwear. Dress appropriately for the weather and season. Make sure to bring a container of water.

C.O.P.E. & Climbing Instructor Staff positions are available to adults 18 years and older who enjoy helping others develop their skills in a wilderness setting. We guide Scouts, Scouters, and people of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities through initiative problems, trust activities, and low and high course elements. Programs are designed to develop and encourage leadership, communication, trust, teamwork, planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and self-esteem. Youths 16 and 17 years of age can be trained as “Instructors-in-Training.” Staff training courses must be scheduled through the Council C.O.P.E. Committee.

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