COPE Weekends

Why C.O.P.E.

The objectives of the C.O.P.E. Program are: Teamwork, Communications, Trust, Leadership, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Self-Esteem and FUN. If this sounds like the kind of objectives your troop has for its scouts why not make C.O.P.E. part of your program this Fall or Spring? Ockanickon’s C.O.P.E. Course is available for use on the following weekends for Spring and Fall 2016, as well as Spring and Fall 2017.


Upcoming Weekends – Sign-up form: PDF or RTF


September 16-18, 2016 CLOSED

September 30-October 2, 2016 CLOSED

October 21-23, 2016 CLOSED

November 4-6, 2016 CLOSED

April 7-9, 2017

April 28-30, 2017

May 19-21, 2017

June 9-11, 2017

September 15-17, 2017

October 6-8, 2017

October 20-22, 2017

November 3-5, 2017


 A C.O.P.E. Weekend at Ockanickon can include: Low Course Elements (which anyone in a Scout Troop can participate in), High Course Elements (available to those 13 and over), Tower climbing and repelling (Under 13), and Rock Climbing (all ages). Here’s a typical schedule: Arrive at camp Friday night and settle in your campsite or cabin. Saturday morning, initiative games and then the Low Course for all your scouts. In the afternoon the high course. On Sunday rock climbing is available.


Start by contacting the C.O.P.E. Chairman, Randy Whalen at or (610) 323-2346, to Schedule your weekend and customize your troop’s program. Then your troop should rent a campsite or cabin at Ockanickon for the weekend you plan to do the C.O.P.E. Program. A $100 COPE deposit will have to be submitted, in addition to the reservation fee for your campsite. This deposit will go toward the COPE program fees for your unit and is non-refundable. Your troop must supply its own food for the weekend.
Minimum of 8 participants.

Specific items your Scouts need to bring: All participants must wear long pants, a sleeved T-shirt, and soft soled shoes. Hiking boots are not permitted on the course. A BSA medical form is needed from all participants including Parts A & B. All climbing equipment (harnesses, ropes, helmets, and gloves) are supplied by Ockanickon.

Program Fees: The cost of a C.O.P.E. Weekend for boy Scouts are listed below: Low Course and initiative games (half day) $10 per participant, High Course (half-day) $20 per participant, and Rock Climbing (half day) $20 per participant. A $100 deposit is due at the time of reserving your campsite and is non-refundable. This deposit will go toward your program fees. Proceeds go to maintaining our equipment and improving the course.

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