Re: Pete Shaw, Philmont
Fri, 29 Mar 1991 18:37:23 EST
I have been out to Philmont twice (1987 and 1990) and would like to emphasize
a few points that Scott Begin made. The first point that I would like to
make is that you MUST (for all practical purposes) have stoves. Whether you
choose to bring 1 or 2 per crew is debatable (On both my treks, we made due
with 1 without trouble), but you really do need them. Firewood availbility
varies greatly with the area, and cannot be counted on. Also, the normal
scout procedures for making sure a fire is dead out are especially important
out here. Also, ashes must be spread far from the area of the fire, etc.
Really, cooking on fires is not an option (Sorry, I just didn't feel that
Scott emphasiszed this point enough)
Also, I agree with Scott that tents are the way to go for trail comfort.
We were hit my some driving rain and hail that would have made it very
uncomfortable under a tarp.
Your costs sound a little bit high. Coming from Massachusetts, the crew
that I was in paid about $675 each. That price also included 2 weekend camping
trips to get the group working well together as a team, and to do some
strenuous backpacking to try and get ready for our trek (We did itinerary 23,
and coming from Eastern Massachusetts, the altitude alone can be killer if you
aren't prepared.) Sorry, but I really can't help you much on the fundraising
part. Our troop runs a car wash once a year that does fairly well, and the
scouts get 25% of the proceeds, but like your dinner, It doesn't help a whole
I hope that you all have a good trek
Maybe I will see you out there, as I will be a ranger this summer.
William Euerle Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Scout
firstname.lastname@example.org Troop 7, Foxboro Massachusetts
Seven Rivers District, Old Colony Council
Mass. Institute of Tecnology
Zeta Psi Fraternity
233 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
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