Project COPE (was Re: HELP!)
Marc L Smith (mls@GENRAD.COM)
Thu, 29 Sep 1994 11:31:52 EDT
On Tue, 27 Sep 1994 Jeff Menaker said:
> To be a cope Director:
> Go to camp school for COPE (must be 21)
> To be a cope instructor:
> It's basically just good for the course you work at. You must
> be 18 and have gone through the course twice as a participant and
> once leading a group under the supervision of the cope director.
This designation is a bit confusing in the standards. A "COPE Instructor"
is someone who has been Nat'l Camp School trained, but is between the
ages of 18 & 21. On his/her 21st birthday they automatically become a
Director. A "COPE Instructor" is qualified to run a Low COPE course
without a Director being present. The NCS certification is necessary.
The inspection standards are confusing in that they sometimes refer to a
non-NCS certified person or someone under 21 regardless of certification
as an "instructor". Although the same confusion applies when building a
course to the Nat'l standards because doing so will most certainly be cause
for lengthy debates with your inspector over safety. Project Adventure
standards are safer and more in line with what the inspectors look for.
BTW, certification by groups such as ProjAdventure carry no weight on a
COPE course according to the standards (although not a mandatory std).
Your local COPE course should also have a set of standards which must be
adhered to in order to maintain the quality of the program and the integrity
of the course itself. Your council office should be able to tell you
who that is for your course (Bob, in your case, that's me, sorry :-) )
> To be cope staff
> Go through the course twice as a participant and once leading a group
> with the director. Staff is generally under 18. Staff can't lead a group
> through the low course alone.
> There must be one instructor or director for every 12 participants
> on the low course. The Director must be on the course at all times when
> it is not disabled.
Emphasis should be on the "instructor or director" part here. A typical
staffing would be about 3 COPE staffers (director/instr + 2 others) per
group of 12 for safety and exhaustion purposes.
> There must be one instructor/director for every 6 particpants on the
> high course.
If you check the 1993 standards, they actually said a "6-to-1 staff to
participant" ratio. So if you had a group of 5 you would need 30 staffers!
Fortunately they ammended this rule to be "1-to-6" for 1994. Maybe they
needed more attendees at NCS that year :-) .
If you know someone who is interested in working on a Project COPE course
and they are willing to pay for the NCS certification (1week + 275$US)
let your council COPE management know. They will also find that the week
spent will be one of the most enjoyable (albiet exhausing) vacations they
Proj COPE Director NCS-90
Nashua Valley Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City