Project COPE

Project COPE

Project C.O.P.E. is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, a program in the Boy Scouts of America. It consists of different challenges for groups of scouts that involve teamwork and problem solving, or for individual scouts that test agility and individual skills. The underlying purpose is to develop leadership.


The Dalajamb International Encampment in Sweden was what gave the idea to the Boy Scouts of America. The Swedish scouts constructed a number of different challenges using pioneering skills. The program was first offered in the United States in the late 1970's at Camp Geiger (Boy Scouts) near St. Joseph, Missouri. It was championed by Pony Express Council executive Parvin Bishop. Bishop took the program national when he became Director of Program at the National Office. [cite web |url= |title=C.O.P.E. |accessdate=2007-06-09 |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |format= |work= |publisher=U.S. Scouting Service Project |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ] [cite web |url= |title=Fact Sheet:Project COPE |accessdate=2007-06-09 |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |format= |work= |publisher=Boy Scouts of America |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ] [cite book |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |editor= |others= |title=Project COPE |origdate= |origyear= |origmonth= |url= |format= |accessdate= |edition= |date=1999 |year= |month= |publisher=Boy Scouts of America |location= |language= |id=#34371A |doi = |pages= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote = ]


The 8 main objectives of Project C.O.P.E. are:
# Communication
# Planning
# Trust
# Teamwork
# Leadership
# Decision-making
# Problem-solving
# Self-esteem

ee also

*Ropes course


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