Over 350 Scouts and Scouters returned to the H. Roe Bartle Scouting Reservation after a successful summer camp for our annual COPE-A-Palooza weekend, an event that took their scouting adventures up, up, and away!
Scouts had the opportunity to participate in several activities including climbing the ice wall and rock wall at the climbing tower, ascending and traversing the COPE course, crate stacking, spar pole climbing and ziplining. Plus, Scouts had the opportunity to do a bit of repelling, climbing, and exploring on natural rock faces at Cedar Bluff, Devils Staircase, Rattlesnake Cave and behind Fort Collins in Piercing Arrow.
An add on to this year’s program, scouts traversed the COPE course and climbed on the tower after dark. Flood lights were brought in to light up the sky so participants could make their way up, across, and back down the challenging obstacles and various rock walls.
A new event, named the “Flying Squirrel”, was introduced during the action-packed weekend. This event sent scouts to new heights, literally, as they were hoisted 20 feet or more into the sky in mere seconds by members of their unit. They Flying Squirrel is a program that will be featured next summer at the COPE course.
COPE-A-Palooza featured many of the activities Scouts can participate in during the regular summer camping season at both Bartle and Naish!