Re: Philmont Alternatives
Lynn McKee (Lynn=McKee%NASE%NA=Hou@BANGATE.COMPAQ.COM)
Fri, 20 May 1994 14:40:02 CDT
I've been reading the Scouts-L (digest version), and just finished Don Izard's
post about Philmont not being the ulitmate Scouting experiance, and want to add
my thoughts. I'm doing my first Phimont Trek this summer, and I'm sure it will
be a great and challenging experiance, but I doubt it will be _my_ ultimate
Right now, besides my Eagle, the highlight was one of my Explorer's thanking me
for pushing him to learn to SCUBA dive and make the trip to Sea Base last summer
(and finding countless odd jobs for him to earn the money). The diving at Sea
Base was good, and I could go several places with better diving for what it
cost, but his "thanks" made the trip worthwile!
IMHO there are many alternatives to any of our High Adventure Bases! Many Scout
Camps offer excellent High Adventure Programs. One several troops, and a Sea
Explorer Ship, from here have done is Packard High Adventure base in Colorado.
They have backpacking, rafting, and mountian biking. If nobody on the net has
thier address, I'll try to get it next week.
If you want to backpack, and try a National Forest or National Park. For
example, the Carson and Santa Fe Forest's in New Mexico also cover parts of the
Sangre de Christo Mtns near Philmont. You have to plan the routes, and resupply
points, but you get to pick your own food, and combine whatever other activites
your group might enjoy, like white-water rafting down the Rio Grande!
Like my 5 year old daughter says, "you just have to use your imagination!"
Eagle Scout '78
Advisor, Post 555 Houston, TX
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City