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By Kris O'Connor
Cope Course

COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience)
Project COPE is a program developed to emphasize the importance of teamwork to succeed at a common goal. Designed to test a group's ability to work together, completing the course is also a personal success.

We are very proud of our course. Built in 1994, it boasts ten low elements and a 30 foot high course which can provide a challenge to any age group culminating with a 250 foot gravity stop zip line. Our staff has run a BSA nationally accredited program since its inception.

Anyone may participate in the low elements but those wishing to experience the high course must be 13 years of age.

The COPE course operates daily during the summer camp season (July through mid-August).  Scheduling is available prior the start of camp.

Spring and Fall weekend programs are also available.  

Spend Friday and Saturday night lodging at Read Scout Reservation with meals provided.  Our indoor climbing wall and nearby cliffs on Stevens Mountain will also be available for use.

By Kris O'Connor
By Tom Chlupsa
Element on the Low COPE course


By Tom Chlupsa
Rock wall on Little Stevens

Climbing
Rock climbing was the original basis behind the development of Summit Base. Today we offer two separate on-site climbing experiences:

Rock Climb
The "rocks" located next to Summit Base on the eastern side of Little Stevens Mountain is a 40 foot cliff which has climbing routes of varying ability levels as well as a rappel.

Indoor Wall
Our 25 foot vertical, slab and overhang walls give you the chance to experience gym style climbing under the protection of the Butler Pavilion. Routes of varying nature are set by the staff; or build your own route if you desire.

Participants will leave our program with an in-depth understanding of the sport, a firm grasp on the fundamentals of equipment, technique and safety.  Our climbing programs are designed to increasingly challenge our participants in response to their skill development.  Continuous reinforcement of the basics combined with the ability to provide challenging experiences helps to develop confident climbers.

Climbing Merit Badge is offered during scheduled sessions during summer camp and can be incorporated into a weekend program.

See Fall Rock Climbing opportunties.

By Tom Chlupsa
Indoor Climbing Wall
By Bob Weinberg


By Joe Ronca
Ready for big splash from the zipline

Zip Line
The zip line is a great way to spend a few hours literally 'chilling out'. The 100 foot run from a 15 foot tower ends when you drop into the watery depths of Lester Pond.

The zip line operates regularly during the summer camp season.

 

 

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