Re: Two weeks at Philmont?
Thu, 14 May 1992 14:27:06 EDT
>There is a chance that I will be driving from MS to Southern CA in mid
>June and returning at the end of the month. Looking for activities to
>interest my son during that time, someone suggested I could "drop him
>off" at Philmont on the way there and pick him up on my return.
>He seemed to like the idea but I have my doubts. Several questions include:
> 1. Will they take an unaccompanied Scout for two weeks?
Philmont runs 2 different programs for provisional scouts. The first
program, the Mountain Trek program, is run in conjuction with the
Philmont Training Center. Generally, the participants in this program
are the children of scout leaders going through training at the PTC.
The Mountain Treks are a week long, running from thursday to thursday
(That's the PTC schedule) The difficulty of these treks is dependent
on how much the crew feels that they can do.
The other provisional program that Philmont runs is the Rayado
Program. This program is both longer and more strenuous. (I believe
that this summer it will be 16 days long, and the mileage covered is
usually very high) Also, there are only 2 times that Rayado treks are
run during the summer.
If this is still an option, look into the Mountain Trek program.
Unfortunately there is little (if any) flexibility in the scheduling
of treks, and I don't envy anyone having to spend time in basecamp.
(Which is probably what your son would end up doing, either before or
after his trek.)
> 2. Would the activities fit his level of experience and interests.
The trail activities at Philmont are pretty varied. As long as it is
his choice to go, and doesn't mind doing a little hiking to get to
them, I think he would have a good time. (The only unhappy people
that I ever saw at Philmont are people that had their parents decide
for them that it would be a good time, and they weren't interested.)
> 3. Would he find two weeks in the woods among "strangers" too much
> of a separation?
Assuming that the rangers assigned to his crew do good job (and I'd be
siprised if they didn't), I would worry more about the time before and
after he is on the trail.
> 4. Would it even be possible to get him "in" at this time?
I don't know. Talk to Philmont
> 5. How do I contact the "office" there.
The address is
(Camping Headquarters, or maybe Philmont Training Center)
Philmont Scout Ranch
Cimarron NM 87714
I'll look up the phone number and send it to you (unless someone else
has it really handy)
ASM, Troop 7, Foxboro
Old Colony Council, BSA Philmont
Ranger '91 (and I really wish that I could afford to go back for '92)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City