Happy resolution to "our" Philmont problem
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Fri, 4 Jul 1997 11:19:25 -0400
As the one who originally posted the questions and concerns regarding
Philmont's late announcement of the strict enforcement of their
weight/height limits, I've got to brag on my son, Ben. When our troop got
the infamous letter on June 18th, he was 13 pounds over the limit of 252 (he
was 6'2"). Since then I have been passing him all the posts from Scouts-L
regarding how serious they are.
He really took it to heart and said that nothing would stop him from going
on the trek. He started hiking 5-10 miles each day, drinking nothing but
water, eating lots of salads, tuna with low-fat mayo, carrots and celery for
snacks, and generally cut way down on the amounts he ate.
Well, the pay off came yesterday. He went back to the Doctor's office for a
re-check and found out he has lost 15 lbs. in just two weeks - and
surprisingly has grown almost an inch since his original checkup about three
I was concerned two weeks ago that a crash diet would sap him of his
strength, but he feels stronger, looks better, and I couldn't keep up with
him when we walked on the beach last weekend. All in all, because of the
new policy, he's in much better shape to really enjoy Philmont.
Now, because he feels so much better, he says he wants to continue losing
weight until he gets down to the "recommended" range. He wants to surprise
his friends when he gets back to school.
Two weeks ago I cursed the powers that be at Philmont. Now I bless them,
and thank them for helping to give my son the self-confidence and
determination he needed. He really feels good about himself now, and I'm
darn proud of him!
Happy Fouth of July,
Two Bays District DelMarVa Council
CC, Troop 903 Boy Scout Training Coordinator
Recognition Dinner Chairman Dad
Of all the jobs I have, I like Dad the best.
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