COPE – Frequently Asked Questions


Have you ever watched someone accomplish a task or overcome a fear that has held them back from having fun? That’s what you’ll see done with COPE! The participants are challenging their discomfort, uncertainty and fear and are overcoming those mental obstacles to reach their personal or team goals. And they have fun in the process!

Who can participate in COPE?

Participants must be at least 13 years old for the High Course by January 1st of the year of participation because of the height and maturity level needed by each participant in order to be successful. For activities designed for younger participants, please contact the COPE director.

We make every effort to accommodate people with disabilities while maintaining safety as our highest priority. Please provide detailed information about any members of your group who may require special accommodation.

Each participant/parent must sign and turn in a Hold Harmless Agreement form to the COPE director in charge of the event.

How long does it take?

The Low Course is designed for team development. A minimum of four hours is needed before you will see much change in a group, but we have found that around six hours gives the best results.

The High Course is more complex. You can expect about 30-45 minutes per person for your group.

Most COPE programs are designed to take place over the course of a day. Multi-day programs can be arranged. Each group that uses the course has a custom program designed to address their specific needs. At least one facilitator is assigned to each group in addition to a nationally certified camp school director. The director will contact or meet with a group representative before arrival to discuss the group needs, wishes, concerns and questions.

What do I need to bring?

Basically, all you need is yourself! All equipment is provided by the program. Each participant should be in good physical condition. We suggest that you wear comfortable “long” pants, a t-shirt and a good pair of athletic shoes. Scout groups have the discretion to require Class B uniforms if desired. All participants should use common sense and dress for the weather forecast. Be aware that excessively loose clothing is a safety issue and that shoelaces must be tied at all times.

In addition, all participants will be asked to empty their pockets of jewelry and accessories and to tie back long hair before starting. This ensures that personal belongings stay secure and do not interfere with the group’s activities or cause a safety hazard.

We advise participants to bring a water bottle and to stay hydrated. Fresh water is available on the course.

When does COPE operate?

COPE is available year-round at Camp Durant. As with any outdoor activity, we are subject to the whims of the weather. COPE staff is responsible for monitoring weather conditions and adjusting the program accordingly. Safety is our highest priority.

The most common weather-related issues are dehydration and temperature-related emergencies such as hypothermia or heat exhaustion/heat stroke. Additionally, rain by itself is not an absolute reason to discontinue a course, because most activities can still be conducted in wet conditions (although they may be more difficult) if proper safety procedures are followed. The COPE director will be the final arbiter on cancelling/delaying the day’s activities.