Re: Philmont phone OK?
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Tue, 4 Apr 1995 08:51:09 -0400
> From: John Macko <JMacko@IX.NETCOM.COM>
> Bob Haar wrote:
> >Has anyone gotten through on the phone number for Philmont
> >reservations? I've been trying all day (just about worn out
> >the re-dial button). I've been getting busy signals, but I'm
> >not sure if that is at theie end. I've had trouble before
> >with getting busy signals on out-of-area calls because some
> >intermediate equipment was overloaded.
> After 90 minutes of dialing, I finally got through and was able to
> confirm a reservation for 1996. There has got to be a better way.
I did finally get through after five hours of continually
pushing REDIAL and getting busy signals (except for a couple
of minutes break). We got reservations for August 8. All earlier
dates were booked up. That will put us pretty close to the
start of school in the fall and will cause a problem for
the adults like be who have mandated vacation in July, but
at least we got in.
We had tried to go this summer, but lost out in the lottery. Between
that and the increased age requirements, it looks like we will have
some scouts who never have the opportunity to go to Philmont as
scouts. I understand the issues about overcrowding of Philmont
and the arguments for using other high adventure bases, but there
is no where else that is quite like Philmont. I feel sad for the
boys who miss out on the opportunity just because of timing.
How's this for a suggestion - maybe each reservation at Philmont
should be limited to a single crew. I have heard of cases in our area
where several troops go together, with each one requesting a
reservation for a group big enough for all the troops, Then they
split up the one with the best timing and default on the others.
A one reservation = one crew rule would eliminate this kind of
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