Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Thu, 24 Aug 1995 09:32:04 -0400
> From: "Michael J. Brophy" <Mbrophy@AOL.COM>
> We are just beginning our planning for our first trip to Philmont. We are
> schedlued to go in July 1996. I am hoping that I can get some information on
> what we should do to prepare and so forth.
We will be there starting August 8.
> How much physical conditioning should the scouts and scouters be doing in
> preparation for Philmont?
The more the better. Everyone should be in good health with an overall
aerobic fitness. If your group is like ours, the adults are more likely
to be problems that the scouts.
> What kind of and how many tune-up trips should we be planning?
Two weekend backpacking trips with all the equipment that will
be taken to Philmont. We also suggest that the team members do
some hiking with a loaded pack several times a week for 6 to 8
weeks in advance (good for equipment break-in also). One thing
several people did was stair climbing with a pack, either several
of stairs at work/school or goign to the local high school
stadium and going up and down with a loaded.
For us, coming from low, flat country, the problems are arise
from the higher elevations at Philmont and the mountainous
> Is it better to fly (we are in Richmond, VA) or drive?
This all depends. We have always gone on the train. It takes about
thirty hours from Detroit and has been a new experience for most
of the scouts.
> How about food supplies?
This is provided by Philmont on most (all?) of the trips.
> What should we bring?
You will get an equipment list. Follow it.
In general, read thoroughly and re-read all the material from
Philmont. They have many good suggestions and things you need
We had an equipment check-in about a week before the trip
where everyone come with their packs fully loaded. We (the troop
leaders) went through them and made sure that they had everything
that was needed (and took out a LOT of extra stuff), and then kept
them until we left for Philmont.
In addition to a backpack, each person takes a small duffle bag
with clothes for the trip, personal items, and clean clothes for
the trip back. Nothing feels quite as good as taking a shower and
putting on fresh clothing after ten days on the trail.
Bob Haar (email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Asst. Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 188, Clinton Valley Council, Michigan
Chippewa Lodge #29, WWW
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