Project COPE is comprised of group initiative games, as well as low and high-rope course activities. Some of the activities involve a group challenge, while others test individual skills and agility. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel and think of solutions to a variety of activities. Most do much more than they ever thought they could do.
The underlying 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. Other Scouting methods are inherent in the conducting of the program.
Project COPE provides an opportunity for every participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a team. The activities are not designed to be competitive or to be a race against time. More important objectives such as building individual confidence, developing leadership, and inspiring cooperation among team members are emphasized.
Through a generous gift from Nawakwa Lodge, Camp T. Brady Saunders operates a COPE course. The COPE course is, by design, geared for the older Scout in the troop. Scouts who participate should be those who have reached a time when merit badge classes stop being as attractive and challenging. The Camp and the COPE Director will have the final say on who will participate in this program.
Each week, 12 scouts will be selected for participation in Project COPE. The morning COPE session will be conducted from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon. Project COPE participants may take afternoon merit badges to complement their COPE session or participate in Ranger Challenge.
In addition, it should be noted that due to the group dynamics involved in Project COPE, missed sessions cannot be made up. Therefore, leaving camp for baseball games, swim meets, etc. removes eligibility for participation in Project COPE.
Further, visitors are only allowed when invited by the COPE Director. Due to the safety aspect of conducting COPE activities, the COPE area is OFF LIMITS to anyone without the supervision of a qualified instructor and area director. Anyone found on the course unsupervised will be dismissed from camp!