Philmont Trek Lenght
Patrick W. Corbett Jr. (pwc1@PSU.EDU)
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 12:21:45 -0400
I have been reading the debate over increasing the number of campers and
shortening the 12 days and I would like to add my 2 cents for what it is
I have been to Philmont 2 times so far. Both as an adult leader.
The first time was in 93 and the last time in 97.
- In that short amount of time, there was a large increase number of
scouts there. In 93, there were many nights on the trail that we were the
only group in a camp site (non-staffed). In 97, we had NO camp sites to
ourselves. There were at least 5 other groups in site each nite
It was nice to meet and talk with other Scouts, but I enjoyed the quiet of
being the only ones in camp at times.
Some groups were noisy and the Scouts missed out on the wildlife which
comes into a camp to see what is in there.
- The extra number of Scouts hiking thru would make it less of a wilderness
than it is now. Just think how a trail, medow looks now when there are
18,000 Scouts hiking thru. There would be paths all over the place.
- How about the area's where you have to camp in the medow and fluff your
duff. By the time all the extra Scouts get thru, there will be no duff to
I say keep the numbers as they are.
As of how I would make reservations, I do not know an equal way for all
There does have to be a better way, but until one is developed that is fair
to all, we have to go with what we have.
Patrick Corbett Jr.
Scoutmaster BSA Troop 66
Pleasant Gap, PA
Brotherhood member Monaken Lodge
I used to be a BEAR....
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