Re: Philmont Information
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 3 Jun 1997 19:58:25 -0500
Most of Fred Smith's questions about Philmont have already been answered
very well by others. So I will only answer a few.
> 5. Have any of your crew members had high blood pressure problems? Philmont
> seems very concerned about it. Has the camp doctor kept anyone off the
The nurse took my blood preassure, shook her head and told me to go sit in
a corner and think quiet thoughts. After everone else had been checked
she took mine again. She smiled and said, "Well I guess that's good
enough to get you on the trail".
I think my BP was only borderline though. If it's very high, I am sure
they have kept Scouters off the trail. Remember, you BP will be a little
higher arriving at Philmont if you're coming from a lower altitude.
> 8. What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to go again?
Really work hard to get that 3rd adult.
In 1995 my 2nd adult called me the day before we were leaving to tell me
he had a massive case of poison ivy all over his legs. (He had contracted
it on our shakedown weekend just before).
We were on a Cavalcade (horseback trek) and his doctor told him to forget
I finally found an 18 year old just finishing on staff at a camp in
Indiana about 6 hours away. The Camp Director announced we had an opening
for Philmont to his staff at breakfast. An 18 year old said he was
interested, was released from staff, went home, did laundry, arrived at
one of our families about 8pm that evening for dinner.
I met him at 11pm, our postponed departure time. I shook his hand and
said, "Glad to meet you, get in the van", and away we went. Everything
worked out great. I saw him in April when he came to an Eagle COH for one
of the boys on the trip.
That extra 3rd adult can avoid many headaches.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City