Philmont Training Center
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Fri, 18 Dec 1992 03:26:00 GMT
I sounds like you have a very tough decision on your hands, between a Philmont
Training Center Course and Cub Scout Wood Badge. This is definately a biased
opinion, but any opportunity to attend Philmont should not be passed up, even
if you will be taking courses at the training center. (I'm sure there are
similar opinions about CSWB).
Yes, there is more to Philmont than just the backpacking expeditions. During
each summer, the Philmont Training Center hosts 5000 leaders and families
durng nine weeks of courses. From what I've seen of the courses, most of them
are designed for district & council scouters, or conferances on scouting
within a specific religous denomination. I would say (nothing official) that
courses are a 50/50 mix of the above. Two of the weeks conferances are just
for Scouting within the LDS church. I have heard goods things said about the
things taught during the conferances, but I can't say much else due to lack of
experience. A week's conferances are not going to take up all of your time.
I believe sundays are mostly free, with time available for church services, a
hike up the Tooth of Time, taking the Urracca Trail, or visiting town. During
the week, family members have activities planned for them. Scout age family
members attend a Rocky Mountain Scout Camp, which is similar to a week at
Summer Camp (I'm told with out the Merit Badge emphasis). Those members who
are at least 13 can go on a mountain trek, a 5 day backpacking trip
supervised by 2 Rangers (these crews are not co-ed; female Rangers lead female
mountain treks). There are even activities set up for spouses.
If nothing more, a week at the Training Center may give you the bug to come
back on a full expedition.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Philmont Staff, 1988-90; Philmont Staff Association
I WILL go back to Philmont in 1993.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City