Re: Philmont info. request
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 10:49:00 EST
Alan Houser <troop24@EMF.NET> wrote:
[...] Rock climbing, in
particular, would often be cancelled if there was rain, which happens most
afternoons, and there is a sign-up list for spots based on when you arrive
at the camp and sign in with the ranger. [...]
As a former Philmont Staff Member, I will caution you to use the correct
terminology when you are at the ranch.
The Rangers are the largest department on the ranch and their primary
purpose is to train crews during their first 4 days at the ranch. The
staff members you meet when you check in at a backcountry camp are
referred to as Backcountry staff (or just staff).
There are many non-Rangers who do not like being called Rangers, and
depending upon their opinion of the rangers, may not be a hospitable as
they might be otherwise (meaning just offering you only the minimum
services, won't go out of their way to accomidate you).
It is a bit of inter-departmental rivalry, somewhat caused by
inconsiderate Rangers. The amount of resentment toward the rangers
depends on the camp location, experience of the staff (where staff
members had worked previously), and conduct of the rangers that summer.
If anyone wants more infomation on the reasons the Rangers become
unpopular with other staff, please feel free to email me privately.
Basically, whenever you travel, it is best to learn about the culture to
avoid insulting the locals.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Philmont Staff Association
firstname.lastname@example.org Philmont Staff, 1988-1990
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City