IS Philmont the ultimate ????
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 19 May 1994 14:36:56 EDT
I want to maybe start some thought about JUST how great Philmont is,
REALLY! I have DONE the trails, and also the training center stuff,
PLUS I was there as a CUB while my Dad was on training staff one summer.
To me Philmont was NOT all that special!!! I have far more positive
and deep memories of 60,000 scouts all holding candles at the end
of the 1964 Jamboree at Valley Forge NY with the picture of George
Washington in the background, or hearing a LOON calling on a lake so
far north in Canada, that was the ONLY sound you could hear, as
the sun burned off the morning mist. Or watching the sun rise on
a CLEAR morning after a cold wet night at an OA vigil.
Some people seem to think you can not have a complete SCOUT experience
IF you have not DONE Philmont! If you have NEVER done a real
wilderness canoe trek, or Florida seabase, or National or World jambo,
I can see why people would think PHILMONT was the best. I remember
VERY HOT days, and heavy packs at Philmont. I remember being happy
to be home again. If I only had $1000 to spend on SCOUTING, my own
priorities would be on MORE local and less costly scouting TREKS.
If I had $2000, I would include the World Jambo in '95 before Philmont.
I am wondering how others compare OTHER high adventure TREKS?
Is Philmont really the ULTIMATE in scouting? My own experience says
NOT! Our local council and troop treks all had openings as of the
last meetings, if anyone needs a slot for '94.
So, for those who got closed out of Philmont, please look at ALL the
other options. There is still a lot of GREAT adventures for scouts.
still scouting since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City