COPE & Climbing
Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience
- COPE Is designed and operated to accomplish eight key goals. COPE consists of a series of obstacles and challenges designed to foster problem-solving skills and group interaction. These goals are accomplished by forcing the group to work together, communicate with each other, and trust the group decision as they attempt a solution to the obstacle.
Eight Key Goals
- Problem Solving
- Initiative Games – The trail to forming an effective team starts with getting to know your group members. A series of fun and extremely participatory games will quickly help team members learn more about each other as they prepare for the future challenges on the course.
- Low Cope – A program designed solely for breaking barriers and developing the eight key goals within the group. This is done through team initiative games, trust exercises, and other techniques provided by our highly trained staff.
- High Cope – A program that takes low COPE to new heights. This program directly builds from the eight key goals developed in Low COPE and adds helmets, harnesses and Rope, 20+ feet in the air! Recommended for those that want to take teamwork to a whole other level.
COPE Program Requirements
- Groups may have a minimum of 8 individuals – any less and the experience would not be as beneficial.
- Maximum group size of 36 for the COPE course is set to ensure everyone has a chance to participant.
- Reservations must be made at least 30 days prior to requested date in order to secure proper staffing.
- Payments must be made upon making a reservation, unless otherwise arranged.
- All participants must have a completed BSA Health Form Part A & B before participating.
Indian Nations Council is proud to offer the COPE Program at both Mabee Scout Reservation & Graves Scout Reservation (outer Limits).
Please contact us for rates, scheduling and availability.
Kyle Driscoll, Program Executive
The council climbing committee is dedicated to providing quality training and activities above and beyond the basic camping experiences of the Boy Scouts of America.
Climb on Safely
There is inherent risk in climbing and rappelling, but with proper management, that risk can be minimized. Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility, such as a climbing wall or tower. Leaders should be aware that Climb On Safely is an orientation only and does not constitute training on how to climb or rappel. All unit-sponsored/planned climbing activities, regardless of where they are held, fall under Climb On Safely. Climb on Safely training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center.
As of 2016, the Belay On manual replaces the old Project COPE manual and Topping Out as a reference for challenge course and climbing programs operated within the BSA. Belay On is available HERE, at no cost to BSA members, who are expected to use it in BSA programs for non-commercial purposes. Belay On describes recommended techniques for setting up and carrying out a climbing activity. It applies to climbing facilities such as towers, vertical and horizontal walls as well as natural features such as cliffs and rock faces.
Council Climbing Contacts
Kyle Driscoll, Program Executive
Chris Falkensten, Committee Chair
- Council Site Reservation Form – Coming Soon
- Unit Climbing Planning Worksheet – Coming Soon
- Climbing Merit Badge
- National Camp Standards (NCAP)