2005 Pre-conference Session
|| Project COPE, presented by the Texas Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America,
comprises a series of outdoor challenges, beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities. 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 they could!|
A Project COPE course provides an opportunity for each 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 races against time. The objectives include building teams; solving problems; making decisions; and developing trust, communication, leadership, and self-esteem as team members cooperate to achieve goals upon which they have agreed. The course is designed to foster personal growth in a shorter length of time than anything most people have experienced.
The seven goals of Project COPE are to promote:
- Leadership development
- Problem solving
- Decision making
Originally developed for the Boy Scouts of America based on a similar program in Sweden, participating councils have discovered that non-Scout youth and adults find Project COPE a useful, enjoyable experience.
National promotion of Project COPE enables the Boy Scouts of America to establish standards designed to meet Scouting's needs and concerns for safety within a strong network. Each COPE facility is inspected at least twice annually-once by a regional inspection team and once by a council inspection team. The safety of Scouts, leaders, and staff is imperative. Mere concern about safety is not sufficient. This concern must be demonstrated by a director and staff members who are knowledgeable and personally skilled in the respective course activities, who are effective teachers, and who are constantly alert to safety procedures and participant needs. Prospective staff members must be carefully screened. A qualified staff must be assembled with enough members to ensure that continuation of the program does not depend on one or two people. Standards for Project COPE are stringent so that the experience will be both safe and successful.
There are dozens of activities possible for any team; Project COPE instructors are trained to select activities based on the capability and comfort level of the participants. Regardless of your age or ability level, Project COPE has activities for YOU!
We will meet in front of the Civic Plaza hotel at 8:30 AM on October 6, and head out to Camp Tonkawa for Project COPE. We'll be back at the Civic Plaza by 5:30 PM. Lunch will be provided by the Texas Trails Council at Camp Tonkawa.