Re: Summer Camp in New Mexico or Colorado
James F. Van Hecke Jr. (jvanhecke@LANL.GOV)
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 08:12:58 -0600
CAMP FRANK RAND
One great camp that can serve your whole troop! Camp Frank
Rand is located approximately 25 miles (as the Coyote runs)
north east of Santa Fe.
FIRST YEAR CAMPER PROGRAM for the new and younger boys in
your unit. Our emphasis is to give these boys lots of basic
Scout Skills and to have them progress in rank quickly.
Except for time-in-rank requirements, we can teach the
skills necessary to have boys earn the Tenderfoot, Second
Class, and First Class ranks.
MERIT BADGE TRAILS offer boys the opportunity to learn the
skills and knowledge necessary to complete many Merit
Badges. Scouts of all ranks can work on the requirements
for Merit Badges that only summer camp can offer best -
those that deal with nature, outdoors, and fun. Our
staffers are older Scouts who are well rounded, competent,
and able to instruct many different Merit Badges.
Furthermore, they know that the boys have already spent nine
months in classes and don't want to sit still. We will do
our best to make the Merit Badge instruction fun and not
just another classroom experience. The Merit Badge Trails
idea will take the boys on walking tours of the camp
property. Instruction during sessions will be outside the
classroom, using the hands-on potential of our great
outdoors or our outdoor swimming pool in the woods.
PECOS WILDERNESS TREKS - A TOTAL WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE. For
your older Scouts, we offer High Adventure backpacking in
the Pecos Wilderness. Camp Frank Rand borders the Pecos
Wilderness of northern New Mexico (same mountain range that
Philmont Scout Ranch is in). We have access to its 233,667
acres of incredible beauty and inherent adventure. The
terrain varies from high alpine meadows and timberline
ridges to dense conifer forests and aspen glades.
Elevations range from 8,400 to 13,103 feet above sea level
at the top of Truchas Peak. Three different levels of treks
are available, serving those with limited experience to very
experienced; treks vary in length from 25-50+ miles.
Participants must be at least 13 years old and First Class.
If you can go to Philmont, GO! If you can't, this is the
next best thing. OR take your older boys to Philmont (only
100 miles from Camp Frank Rand), and bring your younger
Scouts to Camp Frank Rand.
The Chimayo Scout Reservation, home of Camp Frank Rand, can
serve your whole troop! We offer a First Year Camper
Program for the newest Scouts, Merit Badges and advancement
for the tenured Scouts, and a high adventure program to
challenge you older Scouts. We have an expanding Native
American program, and will be implementing a new Mountain
Man program for 1996. Our program staff is working to
develop a Day Hiker program, and a Backpacking 101 type
class. We think you'll like the ease of "one stop
shopping". Start a tradition, for your Troop by taking the
whole Troop to one camp where there is something for
everyone, or use our camp to fulfill the needs of the
younger Scouts while your more mature Scouts take advantage
of nearby Philmont Scout Ranch.
Contact the Great Southwest Council at 5841 Office Blvd. NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 345-8603
You mentioned that you were also interested in whitewater
rafting. The Rio Grande, at Pilar, NM is the "put in"
point for a number of commercial rafting companies, and it
i9sn't too far from Camp Frank Rand.
At 07:58 AM 9/17/96 -0500, you wrote:
>I'm SM of a medium size Troop out of Fort Worth, TX. We
are interested in
>attending a BSA high adventure or "full program" camp in
either New Mexico
>or Colorado next summer (June - July 1997).
>I would like to make contact with anyone with personal
>second-hand, about opportunities we might pursue. I would
>interested in other activites we might participate in going
to or from the
>camp...whitewater rafting, etc.
>PLEASE respond directly to my e-mail address; I recieve
Scouts-L in digest
>mode and sometimes don't get around to reading it until a
couple of weeks pass.
>Ralph Kragle, SM Troop 97
>Longhorn Council BSA
>Fort Worth TX.
Jim Van Hecke I used to be an Owl
Camping Chairman, Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, NM
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