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COPE Level 1 Facilitator Training: October 25-27

September 18, 2019

National Capital Area Council is holding COPE facilitator training the weekend of 25-27 October.

Are members of your unit not attending to what’s going on around them, buried in their smart phones, visiting with friends?

Would you like to learn games and activities that capture their attention, and uncover their strengths and weaknesses in a safe but challenging way?

You can become a facilitator of Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE). In a weekend, you can learn an experiential approach to developing life skills such as leadership, teamwork, trust, planning, problem solving, decision making, self-esteem, and communication. COPE uses activities and nontraditional, non-competitive games. You will learn basics of facilitating leadership development which can be tailored to your unit’s needs and assets. There are no prerequisites.

The COPE facilitator training session will be held at Camp WB Snyder (6100 Antioch Rd, Haymarket, VA). Training starts at 7:00 pm Friday, 25 Oct. Goes all day Saturday. Wraps up by 11:00 am, Sunday 27 Oct.  Scouterhorn operations training will follow afterward. Food and lodging will be provided. Cost: $50

Registration is at:

Students should bring personal hygiene materials, sleeping materials (pillow, sleeping bag or blankets), parts A&B of your BSA medical form.

Please tell us about any personal dietary issues (such as food allergies, religious restrictions).

Registration is open to adults and youth who are registered with BSA. Age appropriate guidelines recommend youth be 14 years of age or older. NCAP standard SQ-409 allows youth who are 16 years of age (or Venturers, who may be 14) to perform as “COPE Instructors in Training”, and 18 years of age to perform as COPE Instructors (count for staffing ratios).

Anyone who is not registered with BSA but would like to attend are encouraged to join BSA. No prior training required.

Please address your questions or comments to Tony Waisanen, NCAC PM for Climbing, Rappelling, Bouldering and COPE,