C.O.P.E. stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It is made up of group initiative
games, low course (below 12’ in height) elements and high course (above 12’ in height) elements.
Some activities involve group problem solving, while others test individual skills. Participants climb,
swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to various scenarios. Climbing takes place at our practice
bouldering wall and our 40’ tall climbing and rappelling wall. Both activities are challenge-by-choice.
The program will be conducted at Camp Squanto, Old Colony Council, B.S.A. in Plymouth, MA.
Every program is conducted by a National Camping School Certified C.O.P.E. Director and other
The C.O.P.E. & Climbing Course may be reserved any day or weekend throughout the year except for
holidays, summer camp, and a few other select dates. Camp Squanto is closed for unit camping in
June, but a day C.O.P.E. & Climbing event may be scheduled at that time.
Minimum participants required: 6
Maximum participants: Depends upon availability of C.O.P.E. & Climbing staff. The more
participants you have, the more critical it is to schedule well in advance so that the staff will have
sufficient notice and be available for the course.
Youths under the age of 13 may participate in the program at the discretion of the
Adult leaders are not required to attend C.O.P.E. & Climbing activities, however, their attendance is
required for supervision when C.O.P.E & Climbing activities are not in session.
(Reminder: Boy Scout policy is two-deep leadership.)
CLOTHING & WATER
Wear long durable, non-restrictive trousers and sturdy, lightweight, jogging, tennis, or hiking
footwear. Dress appropriately for the weather and season. Make sure to bring a container of water.
C.O.P.E. & CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
C.O.P.E. & Climbing Instructor Staff positions are available to adults 18 years and older who enjoy
helping others develop their skills in a wilderness setting. We guide Scouts, Scouters, and people of all
shapes, sizes, and physical abilities through initiative problems, trust activities, and low and high
course elements. Programs are designed to develop and encourage leadership, communication, trust,
teamwork, planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and self-esteem. Youths 16 and 17 years of
age can be trained as “Instructors-in-Training.” Staff training courses must be scheduled through the
Council C.O.P.E. Committee.