Re: [Fwd: Philmont weight limits]
John Macko, Esq. (mackoj@VIVANET.COM)
Sat, 28 Jun 1997 08:01:58 -0400
Calvin Gray wrote:
> I believe I understand what Philmont is trying to accomplish. But the
> way they are doing it is very poor.
I agree. The "may" language in the med form is vague and when we called
back in November, we were told that they look at all factors and so long as
the participant is under the magic 295 and his health was otherwise good,
he would probably be allowed to go. To decide to rigidly enfoce the policy
a week before we go after we've spent the money, gotten vacation time
approved, are mentally psyched for the trek, etc., is really poor.
> Cavalcades, to my knowledge they have NEVER enforced the weight
> guidelines in the past.
Are you sure of this? It would be helpful to know if they have not been
enforcing this policy until 1997.
> Are they really going to turn away expeditions who show up with two
> adults, one of whom is overweight? I don't think so!!!
The letter they sent said "Don't come". That's what prompted our second
call to Philmont. Also talk to John Bush, Trek 722A. He's not going and
his trek is in jeopardy.
> I know they didn't do this with our troop as we have an advisor
> finishing up a trek today who is 22 lbs. over the weight limit.
Can you provide me with details: name of individual, trek number,
height/weight. If they are not following their own guideline, that is not
>I don't believe in "changing the
> rules in the middle of the game" and this is exactly what Philmont has
> done. This is not what the Scouting program teaches.
My point exactly!
> If Philmont wants to do enforce the weight limits, fine, but wait until
> 1998. Inform the advisors of this "up front", not two or three weeks
> prior to the expediton.
Hiw about ONE week before we leave. They should wait until 1998!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City