Re: Philmont Training Center
Larry Jones (lwjones@GULFTEL.COM)
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 17:34:51 -0600
Russ is right about the programs for youngster's. They have organized programs
for children infant to 20 years of age. Four of my 5 children were involved in these
programs and had a ball. They also have a very busy schedule of events for spouses
of the Conference participants. They have great programs for the little ones, my
4 year old daughter had a blast. She can't wait to go back this year. One thing about
children under the age of 8, someone must take them to their program area each
morning, pick them up for lunch. Then take them back for the afternoon session, and
pick them up again. PTC is a very relaxed training environment, but is very much like
Wood Badge, in that with everything to do, free time is at a minimum.
Russ also mentioned Rocky Mountain Scout Camp, and that it was run as a regular
camp. I am not going to say that that isn't true, but I am going to say that when we
were there last year it was being totally used by the National Junior Leaders Instructor
Camp course. My oldest son attended that, and it was the reason behind our families
visit, sure am glad he went. We now plan to make PTC our regular family vacation
each year. The information I have shows that NJLIC will be held 3 weeks, and I have
heard rumor that they might jump it to 4. So, I know that those weeks, RMSC will not
be open to the public for camp. None of the PTC literature that I received or picked up
in my two trips to the ranch last year mentioned the camp being used as such.
I did have correspondence with Mark Griffin, the Director of Philmont Training Center
last Saturday, and he told me that as of Friday they had sent out 23,000 invitations
for 1997. This is compared to 15,800 to the same date in 1996. He said that were real
surprised, being a Jamboree year they thought that demand would be down somewhat.
What that means, is when the paperwork comes in, fill it out, write the check, and
mail it back ASAP. They will surely fill up early this year.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City