Russ Jones (CSRTJ@TTUHSC.EDU)
Sat, 1 Feb 1997 18:51:24 -0600
Just to add a bit to what Neal Fischer has posted, Philmont Scout Ranch is,
indeed, more than just a camp. Formerly the property and summer retreat of
a wealthy Oklahoma oilman (Waite Phillips, hence the name), Philmont was
donated to the Boy Scouts of America in at least two separate bequests, the
first occurring around 1938. It is 137,493 acres* (approximately 215 square
miles, or 556 square kilometers) in area, and the 1991 guidebook claims that
twenty-seven staffed camps and fifty unstaffed camps lie within its
boundaries. Although it is an actual working ranch with herds of cattle and
bison, most of the ranching activity occurs along the eastern boundary in
the foothills of the Sangre de Christo (Spanish for "Blood of Christ") range
of the Rocky Mountains; the majority of the ranch is rugged and mountainous,
with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.
If you have Internet access, you might want to check out the unofficial
Philmont Scout Ranch web page maintained by Ben Gohlke, an Assistant
Scoutmaster with BSA Troop 3, Golden Empire Council, Chico, California, at
the following URL:
*I quote this acreage figure because it is the only one I have access to,
from the 1988, 1989, and 1991 editions of Philmont's Guide to Adventure.
However, when I was last there in 1991, I was told that an additional
acquisition of land in the amount of (as I recall) some 18,000 acres had
been recently completed. This additional acreage was basically to the
northeast of the existing ranch, in terrain more likely to be used for
Philmont's ranching activities than for Scouting purposes.
Yours in Scouting,
Russ Jones, Scoutmaster
Troop 575 & National Jamboree Troop 1636
South Plains Council
Eagle Scout, class of 1965
"I used to be a fox..." SC-295
"I used to be a staffer..." SC-430, SR-110, SR-???
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City