What is COPE?

Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) is one of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. COPE was launched in 1983. The program comprises group initiative games, trust events, low-course events, and high-course events. Some activities involve a group challenge, while others develop individual skills and agility. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel, and devise solutions to a variety of problems. Most participants achieve much more than they imagined they could. (Belay-on, 129)

COPE is one of many ropes course programs throughout the world. Ropes courses are the core of adventure programs that use physical and mental challenges to promote the experiential learning of leadership, self-confidence, and other life skills. Scouting has a rich history of this kind of adventure learning; the COPE program adds scope and flexibility in a safe, time-tested format. (Belay-on, 131)

COPE is designed to meet the needs of people of all ages who are seeking ways to challenge and expand their physical and mental abilities. As a noncompetitive program, COPE permits every participant to succeed. The group activities are ideal for enhancing the leadership and teamwork of Scout units, and activities that challenge individuals can be used to promote self-efficacy and personal growth.  (Belay-on, 129)

The  Fire Mountain Scout Camp COPE Course

Built in 2014, the Fire Mountain ropes challenge course is a premier facility offering a complete array of programs and amenities that few courses can provide in the Pacific Northwest, located just outside of Mount Vernon, Washington.  The course has been established as an integral part of Fire Mountain Scout Camp which is operated by the Mount Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  It is open to scouting units, other non-profit organizations, and the business community.

What can the Fire Mountain Challenge course do for you?

With highly trained facilitators and the use of fun and exciting games and activities, the COPE program at Fire Mountain can provide a physically and emotionally safe Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience tailored to help individuals and groups develop skills necessary to survive "real-life" challenges we meet everyday.  The eight fundamental objectives of COPE are:

  • Effective Communication
  • Creative Problem-solving
  • Focused Teamwork
  • Developing Trust
  • Building Self-esteem and Confidence
  • Strategic Planning
  • Collaborative Decision-Making
  • Meaningful Leadership
Premiere Facilities

The expansive facilities offers more activities and events than you could possibly complete in a single day, so you will want to come back again and again, learning more about yourself, your group, and your limitless possibilities.

Some of its features include:
  • The Camas Lodge- a 1000 sq. ft. building for your group to conduct meetings, social gatherings, and trainings
  • The Low Course- 11 low elements that form the the "heart" of COPE where members of your group interact and play in a "petri dish" of life that teach and endless array of important life empowering skills
  • The High Course- a wide variety of 25 unique and challenging elements where you are safely secured 30 to 45 feet in the air.  You will discover strength in yourself you never thought possible!
  • The Dual Zip Line- at 1080 feet in length traveling across Lake Challenge onto a tiny island, one of the longest single zip line in the state of Washington.  Because it is a "Dual" zip line, you can ride parallel with other members of your group.

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