By Darryl Alder
Jun 25, 2014

Thunder Ridge Scout Camp Adds New Program

photo 2It’s complete the new COPE Cube at Thunder Ridge Scout Camp and if its anything like the one we opened two weeks ago at Maple Dell Scout Camp its going to be pretty hard to keep boys off the thing. Project COPE has been part of BSA since the 1980’s, but with Canopy Tours opening at the Summit last year, the COPE Cube is the next extreme Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE).

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 and as you can see trThunder Ridge Scout Camp has a load of high-course events on the edge of their high alpine meadow.

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. 

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Older Scouts climb the 39 feet to the high ropes

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.

Project COPE 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. 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.

Author: Darryl Alder | Director of Support Services, Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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