Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Should This Scout Go to Philmont?
Re: Should This Scout Go to Philmont?
Sat, 3 Oct 1998 11:02:21 -0400
I have not been to Philmont myself, but my son has been there and has
told me about many of the resources there for all different types of
people. Perhaps I am not qualified enough in this instance to answer
your question, but in light of what you are asking, my first thoughts
have been about what I learned during Woodbadge and about several of the
themes of Scouting in general.
USE YOUR RESOURCES: Notify the Philmont staff and make them aware of
your concerns about this Scout and ask for their imput and help. I am
sure that they have other ways around this problem...perhaps another
activity for this Scout during the time the rest of the troop is on the
trail. Or maybe they have a guide that can offer suggestions. I'm sure
that this is not the first time they have encountered such a problem -
sort of a "been there/done that already" thing. (And got the t-shirt...
Another thing that crossed my mind is that this is the best kind of
opportunity for you and your boys to do some good old "handicapped
awareness" and find a way for the boys to assist their fellow Scout with
his problems while on the trail. Some advanced planning about the
potential problems will help to get everybody to the end of the trail
and will teach them about helping another and team work working towards
I certainly would NOT discourage him from going to Philmont under ANY
situation. This is what Scouting is all about.
(I don't know if I answered your question or not, but that's my .02
Betsy "Beaver" Miller, RN, ASM, Troop 321, Tifton, GA