PUCKHABER,WILLIAM JAY (gt5956a@PRISM.GATECH.EDU)
Wed, 18 Sep 1991 13:42:27 -0400
Actually, there is still a "normal" scout camp at Philmont with merit
badges and everything. Originally Philmont started out as the Philturn Scout
Camp which was located in the middle Ponil Canyon where the Ponil staff camp
is today. Eventually the High Adventure program began using this as base camp
as well. (Ponil is about to become base camp for the Kanik winter program.)
Today, the camp has been moved to a new location just south of the Tooth.
It is now called Rocky Mountain Scout Camp as it has for quite a number of
years. It and the High Adventure program are under the National High Adventure
Committee. Chuck Buenger, unit one and general manager of Philmont serves as
chairman for this committee (I think). The camp is open to any scouts but most
of the participants are sons of people in the Philmont Training Center. These
kids get to do a number of neat things like climbing the Tooth and visiting
Lover's Leap on Dayhikes.
The National High Adventure Committee actually only runs two other bases.
The Sommers Canoe base in Ely MN and the Florida Sea Base. The Maine base is
being transferred to a local council this year and all of the other bases are
also under the jurisdiction of local councils.
As far as the itineraries go, there are 24 regular hiking treks with the
higher numbered ones tending to be the more difficult.
If any of the above information is wrong its my fault.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City