Steve Eisenberg (Sandalfoot@AOL.COM)
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 09:41:32 -0400
To Kim and others going to PTC
You are in for a great time. I went out with my wife and 3 kids last year. We
flew into Albuquerque and drove all over NM for a week prior to arriving at
Philmont. I have some suggestions for you:
1) Bring sleeping bags. They provide sheets, pillows and a thin blanket but
it gets cold at night and their blanket alone is not enough. It was over 100
degrees during the day (but no humidity) and dropped into the 40's at night.
2) Bring a rope to string a clothsline in your tent to dry towels. Not a
necessity but very helpful.
3) Bring small gifts/favors to trade, give to your tablemates, present to
your instructors. I brought 15 Baltimore Area Council patches with me for
4) Have a good pair of hiking boots and enough water bottles
5) We were required to wear our Class A uniforms to the Training Center
introduction, morning sessions, for the class picture, graduation ceremony,
and when we participated in the flag raising/lowering. Most of my group
changed to "camp shirts" for free time, hiking, crafts, etc.
My family and I carried our daypacks onto the plane and stored them in the
overhead racks. I got a large Rubbermaid chest that I could padlock. I
stuffed 3 sleeping bags and additional clothes (including pocketknives) into
it and checked it into baggage with the rest ofthe luggage. We did have to
carry 2 sleeping bags onto the plane with us but they were in stuff sacks and
were no problem.
Have a good time. Contact me if you have further questions or if I can be of
help. I found I picked up some ideas from the course, but more from my fellow
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