Re: registration, leaders, and kids
PUCKHABER,WILLIAM JAY (gt5956a@PRISM.GATECH.EDU)
Tue, 17 Sep 1991 15:56:36 -0400
Well, I'm back from another exciting summer at Philmont. This year Philmont
underwent a few changes (ongoing) and I honestly think that this was one of
Philmonts best summers ever.
This year I believe Philmont had one of its largest staffs with almost 800
people for the season. A number of additions to old programs and expansions in
others occurred without increasing the already high density of the Philmont
This year, several itineraries went beyond Philmont boundaries into the
Valle Vidal region of the Carson National Forest. A temporary staff camp
(to become three next year) was set up in the national forest. Crews were able
to work with the Forest Services on various projects in the area as well as
practice rigorous 'no trace camping' practices (no sumps, no fire rings, no
latrines, no bear cables, and for the most part - no trails (map and compass
skills become a factor)). Philmont has been working closely with the Forest
Service, which has even taken on a Philmont Area of responsibility for
Search And Rescue operations.
For those of you who have never heard of the Valle Vidal, heres a little
tidbit. The Valle Vidal is a very beautiful unit of the National Forest that
was acquired from the Pennzoil Corporation who apparently used it as sort of
an executive playground. Apparently, government officials (including past
presidents) have even used it on occasion. Anyway, Philmont is now able to
utilize this area in its program.
One of the main attractions of the Valle Vidal, is the opportunity to
climb Little Castillo. Many of you have probably seen Little Castillo to the
north from many vantage points. It can be seen from Baldy, Phillips, Black, and
the Tooth as well as a peek now and again up the northerly canyons in the
North Country. Actually, Little Castillo is not so little as it is a little
taller than Baldy (I believe).
Another of Philmonts improvements is the expansion of the Cavalcade program
to accept more participants. The Rayado Program was also expanded and next year
will be a full 20 days.
My own Conservation Projects Crew assisted a neighboring rancher in the
first thistle control program of its kind in New Mexico to control a dangerous
non-native European thistle.
Next year will be the first year that women will be allowed in work crews
in the Conservation dept with the first ever female Trail Maintenance Crew.
(Lack of applicants was the only reason they have not existed in the past).
Well, there are many other exciting things happening at Philmont but I'll
leave them out for now. If anyone has any questions about Philmont please feel
free to ask.
OH, one more thing. Having been part of Philmonts Conservation Dept. I
feel I should remind y'all about the Trail Crew Program at Philmont.
In this program, kids work for two weeks and then receive a free Rayado
style trek. The only cost is for the participants own transportation to and
from Philmont. Even kids who can afford Philmont participate in Trail
Crew and Love it. My director compared its impact on the kids by saying
that in the Rayado program they push you over the edge, well Trail Crew
makes em wanna jump.
If any of the above information is wrong, its my fault and no-one elses.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City