TB or not TB, that is the congestion. (STUPETTY@EKU.BITNET)
Tue, 17 Sep 1991 19:07:00 EDT
To all scouters,
Philmont is the pinicle of all outdoor scouting. Of course I am a little
biased, but I'm allowed to be.
Philmont does not have a "normal" merit badge camp. However, they do have
programs other than the back country. For the Scout leaders, they
have the Philmont Training Center. They teach advanced leadership techniques
to Scouters from all over the world. They also have a Cub Scout day camp
throughout the summer. There are also programs such as the Trail Crew that
goes out to build trails for two weeks. In return, they are given two weeks to
do anything in the back country that they want to do. For the advanced
scouter, there is a program called Rayado. All I can say about that program is
that it gives new meaning to High Adventure. I'm sure there are other programs
available there that I have not even mentioned. It's been over three years
since I worked there.
Secondly, Philmont is run independently from National. They are not
incorporated into any council. I'm sorry, but I don't remember off hand what
council it is located in. But, they don't necessarily use scouters for staff
there. In order to insure the best possible program available, they will often
pull in outsiders who have specialtie in certain areas such as rock climbing
and horse wrangling. They give them a "Council at Large" status to satisfy the
As for the number of trails, at last count, there were 24 different trails
ranging in length from 50 miles to 130 miles. Each one is different and offers
a different element of outdoor experiance.
And as for the land fill, yes it is true that it didn't meet requirements,
but that is all I know.
If anyone ever has the opportunity to go to Philmont, jump at it. It is
one of the last places on earth that you can really be at home...
If anyone has any questions, drop me a line, and I'll try to answer them.
Eagle Scout '84
Philmont Rock Jock '88
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City