Aquehonga: C.O.P.E. / Climbing

Camp Aquehonga hosts a new C.O.P.E. Course with both high and low elements. C.O.P.E. stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience and is a program that helps scouts achieve the following goals; Teamwork, Communication, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Self Esteem, Trust, and Leadership. We are installing a total of 13 Low COPE elements and 14 High COPE elements, including a 350-foot “Slide-For-Life” Zip-line!

This gives us the fantastic opportunity to offer your troop a private program session to take advantage of our elements. Low-COPE (1.5 hours) is perfect for strengthening your patrols, and high COPE (3 hours) will keep your older scouts coming back year after year.

Additionally, we will run a Progressive COPE program for scouts 13 years and older, where they will join other scouts their age in a daily, week-long challenging COPE experience! Scouts who are 13 may enjoy Progressive COPE Mon-Fri at 3:30.

Scoutmasters may schedule their troop for a High or Low COPE slot with the Program Director upon arrival on Sunday. Scouts must be 13 years old to participate in high-course elements, and Scout Age for low-course elements. Long pants must be worn.


The Aquehonga COPE Staff is proud to offer COPE Initiative and Team Building games right on your site!  Thats right, we will come to you with all we need to provide your Troop with a fun team building activitiy.  See the Program Director or one of the COPE Directors for more inforamtion or to book a Site Visit.


C.O.P.E. Course - High Elements


Berma Bridge: One of the more popular elements on the C.O.P.E. course, the Berma Bridge is like your Troop's monkey bridge only suspended 35 to 40 feet in the air.

Walenda Walk: Combining the incline log and two-line traverse, this element challenges the participant's sense of balance to the highest degree.

Vertical Playpen: The most physically demanding element on the course, the Vertical Playpen tests participants ability to climb over 35 feet using a multitude of items include a knotted rope, a "caterpillar"(a 4 X 4 with climbing staples) and other challenging elements.

Giant's Ladder: This two person event speaks for itself. Climbing to the top of our Climbing Tower on a ladder fit for a giant. Two participants must help each other to scale the oversized rungs.

Caving Ladder: This deceivingly simple element can be quite a challenge. Ascend the Caving Ladder to make your way to the Berma Bridge or Zip-Line platform.

Zip-Line: Flying through air with the greatest of ease is the sense participants get as the slide over 200 feet from the Zip-Line tower to the landing platform right outside the Nature Lodge.


C.O.P.E. Course - Low Elements


Our Low C.O.P.E. Course now includes the following 14 elements:

  • The Patrol Wall
  • Meat Grinder
  • Mohawk Walk
  • Whale Watcher
  • The Porthole
  • Nitro Crossing
  • Passover Beam Tricky Triangle
  • Dragon's Finger
  • Wild Woosey
  • Islands
  • Swinging Log
  • Trust Fall
  • Artesian Beams

This is an outstanding opportunity to help develop the patrol method. Initiative games, trust events, and low elements are designed to develop teamwork, trust, leadership skills, problem solving, and building self-esteem. These elements are designed to handle groups of up to fifteen people. Three groups can be accommodated per session.