Project C.O.P.E. - Camp Brulé
Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience
, or C.O.P.E., is the challenge course (ropes course) program of the Boy Scouts of
America. It is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by a trained staff directed at enhancing
personal growth. The recognized goals of the program are :
The Five Rivers Council's COPE Course is located at Camp Brulé in Forksville, PA. We operate the course during each camp session
in the summer and over several weekends each Spring and Fall. Crew 801 is a Venturing Crew comprised of youth and adults dedicated
to the principals of COPE and the success of our COPE Course.
Each COPE experience begins with several activities called initiative games which are designed to allow a team to get to know each
other and form a new level of trust. In addition, these activities allow the initial steps in reaching the five COPE goals.
After completing the initiative game phase, groups venture into low COPE elements. These new challenges provide an opportunity to hone
team working skills while finding solutions to fun problems. Along the way, team members my find themselves mute, blind or unable to
use the arms or legs for an event. The COPE goals of leadership, self-esteem, communication, trust, problem solving, decision making
and teamwork really begin to show during these elements.
The High Course
When teams finish the work along the low course trail, they enter a clearing which
contains the 30' high course. The course has several elements including the following:
The Multiline Traverse is a single foot cable with multiple ("Multi") hand ropes ("line") which hang down from high above the participant.
The objective is to cross the span by using the "lines" to balance your way across the foot cable.
The Giants Ladder can be used by one or two people at a time. The rungs on this ladder are made of large wood timbers. What makes this
element so difficult is that the rungs are over 3 feet apart.
The Burma Bridge is a single foot cable with two hand cables. The objective is to cross the span by using the hand cables to balance
your way across the foot cable.
The Balance Beam
Participants must step/slide from one end of the element to the other. One 12" diameter log is used as the high beam (balance beam).
The element runs from pole to pole with no hand supports.
This element is a traverse containing two ropes, one for the feet and one for the hands. These ropes cross vertically in the middle. The
object is to cross the span switching the hand and foot ropes in the middle.
When finished, participants simply repel down.
Safety is a primary concern. All participants and staff are on belay at all times while on the high course.
- Crew 801 joining information and COPE committee operation information. -> Download [66 KB]