Re: 50 Miler Award
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 5 Feb 1997 11:03:38 -0500
> From: David D Ward <D_WARD@MAIL.CO.CHESTER.PA.US>
> Date: Wednesday, February 05, 1997 8:33 AM
> This structure is adhered to at Philmont Scout Reservation and is
> perhaps one of the best aspects of a trek. The pride of
> accomplishment is a real asset and something the boys take with
It is interesting that you mention Philmont, because Philmont really DOES
NOT adhere to the philosophy you mentioned in the snipped part of your
post that the conservation should be part of the TREK. Due to time
limitations, Philmont only requires 3 hours out of the 10 hours to be done
while at Philmont and thus a Philmont trek does not automatically qualify
a crew for the 50 miler award, even though all itineraries are at least 50
miles. The remaining 7 hours can be done in advance, as part of one of
the usual shakedown trips, or after you return.
> While holding a seperate service project does not appear to
> violate the rules of the Award, please make certain that the
> project meets the objectives of crew unity and conservation.
> Let's make certain that our boys "give back" something for the
> use of our natural resources.
While I agree that crew unity is desirable, I am not sure that unity is
part of the goal of including conservation in the 50 miler award
requirements. I believe the building of a conservation ethic is the goal
and that can be accomplished whether the conservation is done as a group
or individually by the members of the crew. OA service projects come to
mind, for example. In the case of Philmont crews, it is up to the crew
advisors to decide when, how, and if the members of the crew have
qualified for the award and to process the necessary paperwork.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City