COPE Instructor Training

The National Capital Area Council is offering a COPE Instructor Training Course, September 11-13. To register, go to

This opportunity is open to all registered in Venturing (ages 14 and above), Boy Scouts (ages 16 and above), and Adults. This is a highly recommend activity especially for Venturers and all Adult Leaders of any type of Unit.

As stated on the registration page:  “We GUARANTEE you’ll learn something you’ll be glad to take back to your units, your friends, and others. How can we make that promise? It’s what EVERY graduate has told us. ”

What is COPE?

Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, or C.O.P.E., is the challenge course (ropes 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:

  • Leadership
  • Self Esteem
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Decision Making
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning

Women’s Only Wilderness First Aid Class

Pile - ShivaThe Center for Wilderness Safety will be offering a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course exclusively for women. WFA training is imperative for people who are looking to experience outdoor adventure, safely, giving you the knowledge and confidence to assess and manage medical emergencies when there is no help nearby. Wilderness First Aid will expand your awareness of potential hazards in the backcountry.
  • September 26 & 27, 2015
  • Great Falls, VA
  • Cost: $185 (includes textbook & all course materials)
The Women’s Only Wilderness First Aid course a dynamic and supportive learning environment. This training will provide a rare opportunity to share the unique perspectives and knowledge base of other women who also enjoy outdoor recreation. Come propose or share new ideas and see if “mom’s old remedies” are still the best medicine. Feel confident in adventuring into the outdoors while enjoying the camaraderie and diverse experiences of other women in this empowering course. Course topics include:
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Wound and burns
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Environmental topics (i.e. lightning, hypothermia, frostbite)
  • Splinting
Center for Wilderness Safety teaches thousands of students every year, and their cutting-edge curriculum is continuously overseen by a team of medical practitioners who are active in the field, doing what they teach. The course will be led by Jennifer Kay, RN, WALS, CWS curriculum director and senior instructor; as well as a faculty member at University of Virginia School of Medicine. This is the first time CWS has offered a Women’s-Only course.

Click here for more information about the Women’s Only Wilderness First Aid course.

NAMAS begins engagement in Hands Across Borders Project

In the spirit of continuing building partnerships, NAMAS leadership was contacted recently to engage in a unique opportunity: Helping build 3D printed Hands. The result of the exploratory meetings and events resulted in a honorable mention in a recent article posted to the e-Nabling the Future website entitled “Hands Across Borders – Scout Troops Make 3D Printed Hands

The opportunity is continuing developing and after continued dialogue, we are looking to expand our partnership efforts. There are several events coming up in the near future:

December 7, 2014, Sunday at St. Louis Parish in Clasksville, MD from 1-4 PM – e-NABLE Staff/Leadership Development Meeting
This meeting is for older youth (14 and older Scouts) to come and participate in a Staff Development in preparation for the build on December 13, 3014. The event will be held at St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, MD.Interested participants are asked to register in advance for additional information and coordination.
December 13, 2014, Saturday, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Miller Research Building from 12 – 4 PM – e-NABLE Build
Please put this on your calendars, and confirm that you can help with this activity. Set up will be at 11 AM.  There is a closing ceremony for thank you’s and recognitions to guests, particularly local recipients of hands that accepted e-NABLE’s invitation to participate, presentation of hands. Group photo/after picture.
This is going to be a special event. Please be there. You’ve all been very important to this project and promoted this cause with enthusiasm. We should celebrate together at the end of the workshop!  Interested participants are asked to register in advance for additional information and coordination.