Scott Dillard (scott.dillard@CHRYSALIS.ORG)
Mon, 12 Sep 1994 15:06:48 LCL
I called Philmont to see if I was mistaken. I wasn't.
The bottom line is this: the waiting list number that everyone received
after the lottery is basically meaningless. When we filled out cards
with 5(?) alternative dates and maybe even checked the "will take any
date" box, all but the first date became meaningless after the initial
slots were filled. If you were put on the waiting list, ONLY THE FIRST
DATE ALTERNATIVE THAT YOU GAVE IS NOW BEING USED (apologies for
Everyone is actually on a short waiting list for only their first date.
The only way to find out where you really stand is to call Betty at
Philmont Registration at (505) 376-2281. She will look your unit up and
tell you where you are on the waiting list for your date.
1) If you have a low "overall waiting list number", don't be too sure.
My unit was #209 and I figured we had a decent shot at getting a slot
since we had checked the "will take any date" box. In reality, we're #3
on a waiting list for our date, all the other units on our date have
been paying their fees (i.e. no dropouts), and it looks highly unlikely
that we'll get a slot.
2) If you have a high "overall waiting list number", don't be too sure.
Betty says they've already placed units with numbers in the thousands
(and this is why the waiting list numbers are meaningless). The only way
to know where you really stand is to call Betty.
3) The whole procedure will be reviewed this fall and probably modified
for next year. However, it may pay to pick an "off date" (whatever
*that* is) as your first selection. In our case, we picked a date that
was convenient for us to leave on a weekend and return on a weekend. We
may have been better off with another day of the week, or possibly with
a date at the very beginning or ending of the Philmont season.
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