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Mar 17-18, 2017
C.O.P.E. Facilitator Training

C.O.P.E. Facilitator Training

by Jay Ghormley for the Alamo Area Council, February 1, 2017

C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience)

C.O.P.E. is “Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience”. It comprises group initiative games, low, and high-course activities. Some of the activities involve a group challenge, while others test individual skills and agility; only a few require athletic strength. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel, and think of solutions to a variety of activities. Each event is designed to encourage participants to do their best.

The Alamo Area Council has C.O.P.E. courses at the McGimsey Scout Park and Bear Creek Scout Reservation. The Council C.O.P.E. Committee has scheduled a training event to recruit and train facilitators. Trained and certified volunteers are needed to facilitate C.O.P.E. experiences at approved Council events.

When: Friday, March 17, 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, March 18, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (must attend the full event)

Cost: $10/participant, includes Friday cracker barrel and Saturday lunch and dinner

Who: Limited to 20 total participants (10 Low COPE and 10 High COPE)

Participants must be registered Scouters over the age of 16; full certification requires an age of 18+

Where: McGimsey COPE Course; participants may camp at McGimsey, without additional charge, on Friday night, but are not required to stay overnight. Saturday breakfast is not provided.

What: COPE Facilitator Training. Participants will train towards Level I/II BSA certification with an emphasis in Low or High COPE. All participants will receive general COPE training and will then begin specific training in their chosen area (Low/High).


Low COPE – In addition to learning to facilitate initiative games and low COPE elements, these participants will learn the skills needed to facilitate belaying on high COPE elements, but will not be required to climb or participate at height.

High COPE – Participants will learn general facilitating skills with an emphasis on high COPE elements. Participants will be required to climb and participant in high elements.

Certification: Upon completion of the entire training weekend, participants will receive a provisional certification card, with approval of the Council COPE Directors. Provisional certificates require additional hours of training and facilitation of COPE in official events. Facilitators under 18 may accrue training and hours but cannot receive certification until their 18th birthday.

For additional information, contact James Sorrell, C.O.P.E.Committee.

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