Philmont is Special
Doug Gentry (dwgentry@POLARCONSULT.COM)
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 09:30:26 -0800
Shoot, I forgot to save the name of the Scouter from the Longs Peak Council
who wrote wondering if Philmont was really worth the fuss, especially if
other mountain adventure programs were available.
It's a fair question, particularly if you are near or want to go to Longs
Peak's Elkhorn High Adventure program. I haven't been on it, but worked on
the BDSR staff many moons ago and can attest to the beauty and spirit
We have the same situation in California, with access to hundreds of miles
of high Sierra Mt. routes. And, in fact, I'm sure that California is
under-represented on Philmont treks.
BUT, every older Scout and every Scouter should still try to go. Yes, there
is natural beauty everywhere you look there, and plenty of challenge. The
special part of Philmont is the spirit of the thousands of Scouts and
Scouters who are either there with you or who have been there before.
If, as a Scouter, you are not up to the trek, or don't care to mold your
body to the ground, you can attend the training center courses, which are
I've been in lots of spectacular settings, but I still get misty eyed,
lump-in-the-throat, when I stand at the opening campfire, look out over the
high plains, and sing the Philmont Hymn.
Philmont doesn't replace the many, high quality high adventure programs
available to our Scouts. It has a special place in our plans and dreams.
Doug Gentry - firstname.lastname@example.org
510-654-1837 fax: 510-654-3706
ASM - Troop 1 - Piedmont, Calif.
Jamboree Committee Chairman - Piedmont Council
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