Re: Need Adult Philmont Slot
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Fri, 17 Mar 1995 08:14:00 EST
"From Bolingbrook, IL
My husband is an ASM for Troop 34. The older boys in our Troop have no
interest in going to Philmont. We have mostly younger boys. Since the
age has been raised to 14, it will be at least a couple years before
there might be an interest. The problem is that my husband is 49 and is
afraid that at 53-55 he may not be able to climb, hike and whatever as
well as he can now. "
Something you might look into is if your council sponsors a council
contingent to attend Philmont each year (this is wherer the council gets
x places and makes up n crews out of scouts who are unable to get there
troop to go). The contingent advisors that I met at Philmont (as well
as those who organized the trips from the SW Michigan Council) seemed to
go to Philmont every year since finding adults was so hard. These are
the guys you usually hear about that have made 20 trips to Philmont.
If your husband is willing to spend 2-3 weeks of vacation time taking
someone else's kids to Philmont, this is a good idea. He may have to
spend more time with the logistics of running the trip (while there,
handle money, be the point of contact between the contingent and
restraunts, places to stay, transportation, parents, etc...).
If your council doesn't have such a contingent, try contacting other
councils in the area (since you are from the Chicago Suburbs, there are
quite a few local councils in the area) to see if they have a contingent
and need leaders. Keep in mind that you may have to talk directly to
the person organizing the contingent before you will be accepted. They
may be hesitent because you are from another council, but I suspect most
will be willing to accept a volunteer.
If you know anyone going to Philmont, ask if they need leaders. Even if
they have sufficient leaders, ask if they would like to have a 3rd
leader for a crew instead of the minimum two. This helps as adults are
prone to work changes that cause them not to be able to go. If they do
not have room for additional leaders, volunteer as a backup leader.
This is the person who is called when 3 days before you are ready to
leave, one of your leaders has vacation canceled due to something at
work, or has another problem come up. This does happen for Philmont
trips and other Scout trips, so it is a good idea when planning.
Getting to Philmont as an adult shouldn't be as difficult as it sounds.
It just takes a little networking and persistance.
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL; Calumet Council
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