Re: Philmont concerns
Mon, 8 Sep 1997 11:51:44 -0700
On Mon, 8 Sep 1997, Keith T. Hooks wrote:
> 1. We asked when we could apply for a trek for 1999. We were told that
> 1999 would not be opened for applications - that 1998 applicants were given
> the option of applying for two years in advance, and that 1999 is already
> full. The official said "We didn't intend for that to happen, but it did."
> Why was the application process opened this far in advance without giving
> all troops the opportunity to apply?
In a sence, all troops were given this opportunity, but you had to know
the process.. I learned what this was by reading past Philmont notices.
Within the letter "1998 PHILMONT EXPEDITIONS REGISTRATION" dated February
1997, under section 5. "When 19989 reaches capasity, groups may select
ONE of the followign options:
A. Be placed on the 19989 waiting list, in the order your call is received
B. Place a tentive 1999 reservation...
when finding that 1998 was full I accepted a 1999 date
> 2. We saw three crews of 4-H kids go on the trail the same day we did. If
> Philmont can't accommodate all the Scouts that want to go, then why are we
> opening up the Ranch to outside groups? (That question comes verbatim from
> one of our Scouts.)
I agree with your Scout.. being that Philmont is a BSA reservation...
and being that I assume that the requirement for being 1st class assumes
that the Scout has learned various skills necessary for a safe trek....
why is Philmont allowing others in before Scouts....
is possibly unsafe and possibly a miss-appropration of any funds that
they receive from National.....
I know I talked to Scouts who were at Philmont this past summer and the
period they were there they said the places was "overrun" with Foreign
Scouts... Non-BSA-dues paying Scouts is bad enough.. but 4H?
well maybe they thought that they would find a cow in the road and could
enter it in a contest...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City