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Local COPE Director Training

Tecumseh Council COPE Director Training

We are running a local COPE director training program at Camp Birch. COPE stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience and is also known as the low challenge and high ropes courses. This training will allow you to be on the cope staff at Camp Birch and run scout and other groups through the fun team building of low cope, the confidence building fun of the high ropes course, and run the climbing tower.

Tentative times for both weekends are:

   1 - Skills Assessment and Orientation meeting: Tueday 3/20 (6-9pm)
     at the Adams Building at Camp Birch

   2 - Friday 4/13 (6-9pm) place (Adams Building)
            Sat/Sun: 4/14 and 4/15 (9am-6pm) at the Tower, Low or High COPE (Adams Building)

   3 - Friday 4/27 (6-9pm) place (TBA)
            Sat/Sun: 4/28 and 4/29 (9am-6pm) at the Tower, Low or High COPE (Adams Building)

The fee will be $30 for drinks and snacks (bring cash or check to orientation class) and other class items. You will need to bring a sack lunch for the Saturday/Sunday sessions.

This will be what national calls a full, local COPE "level II" (or local COPE director) training for 21 y.o. and older.  We may have room for some older scouts (15 years and up) who can work on IIT and "level I" instructor but it will depend on availability. We can train about 10 people and priority will be given to adults and summer camp staff.

There will be some actual On-The-JOB (OTJ) training required to complete your training beyond these two weekends. The reason is the more times running it, the better and we have to verify everyone's skill levels and the more confidence new instructors/directors will have in running them. 

Please confirm your participation in the course (just email Rich at so we can plan around the number of people. I need to know: name, age, and unit.

Instructors for the course will be: Rich Diesslin, Heath Riesenbeck, Matt Kuntz, Hunter Marks and some others who want to renew their local training and assist.



Rich Diesslin

COPE Program Manager Camp Birch


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