The COPE and climbing programs offer two compatible yet different programs for your youth. COPE focuses on teamwork, leadership development and planning while climbing offers your youth a chance to climb and rappel. Safety is the number once consideration when conducting these activities! DO NOT conduct these activities, unless you are completely comfortable with the equipment, processes, and procedures.
The Circle Ten Council COPE and Climbing Resources include:
- Roy & Frances Rea COPE Center at Camp Trevor Rees-Jones
- The Climbing Tower at Camp Trevor Rees-Jones
- The COPE Course at Camp Wisdom
Circle Ten Council offers several training courses designed to make you comfortable in taking your unit climbing. Circle Ten Council has a 48’ Tower at Camp Trevor Rees-Jones that your unit can use. The tower has 12, 24, 36, 48-foot rappels, and climbing routes. Additionally, there are two 24’ chimneys and a bouldering wall that can be used by Cub Scout Packs.
Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, or COPE, is the challenge course program of the Boy Scouts of America. It is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by a trained staff directed at enhancing personal growth.
The recognized goals of the program are:
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
Any Philmont Trek, Troop, Venture Crew or organization can benefit from COPE. Circle Ten Council frequently hosts non-BSA units at Camp Wisdom.
COPE is now being offered on the Second Saturday of March, April, September, October and November. (flier)
Session 1: Saturday, February 11 – Camp Wisdom
Session 2: Saturday, March 11 – Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp
Session 3: Saturday, April 8 – Camp Wisdom
Session 4: Saturday, September 9 – Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp
Session 5: Saturday, October 14 – Camp Wisdom
Session 6: Saturday, November 11 – Trevor Rees-Jones Scout camp
We can host a Maximum of 30 participants per date. and you can sign up at www.circle10.camp-master.com only.
Cost: $40 per person and reservations are required and must be made by the unit, not indidually.
All Courses will start at 9am and conclude at 4pm that same day. Lunch is not provided and if you would like to spend the night you will need to make a separate reservation by submitting a reservation request which can be found at
Under BSA’s Climb on Safely Program, leaders can take their units Rock Climbing and Rappelling as part of their outdoor program. It is the unit leader’s responsibility to find someone who has the appropriate knowledge and skill for the specific location where they are going to climb or rappel.
Tower Instructor Training – Training Recertification 12 Months
Tower Instructor Training provides a comprehensive immersion that prepares you to safely bring your unit climbing on the TRJ Tower. The course has been reformulated to provide opportunities throughout the weekend to rig the tower for both climbing and rappelling. Rather than rigging the tower once, you'll participate in a small group that moves from level to level setting up stations multiple times so that you feel comfortable returning with your own unit.
Tower Instructor Level 2 – Training Recertification 36 Months
Tower Instructor Level 2 provides additional training for those climbers who will run District and Council level events like Camporees and Winter Camp. Before taking this class you will need to both demonstrate all the skills required for Tower Instructor Training. This training complies with the COPE & Climbing National Standards.
For registration for Tower Level I and II, please click here.
COPE Facilitator training
March 17-19 Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp - flier
COPE & Climbing Documents
If you have any question about the Circle Ten Council COPE program please contact Chairman April Wells or for questions about the Circle Ten Climbing Program please contact Chairman Don Rowley or you can contact the Circle Ten Council Camping Director, Scott Arrington at 214-902-6778.