Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Spouse Activity at Philmont Training Center
Spouse Activity at Philmont Training Center
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 09:24:46 -0400
My spouse is off to work, so she can't respond. (I'm the househusband
since I retired.)
While I can't speak for her, let me make several observations.
Tent City is like an early Levittown subdivision - all tents look the
same unless you add character to them. The tents have external frames
to hold them up. Personalize the tent with a name plaque, or some
ribbons, etc. And, bring a 100W bulb (they come with a 40W), and a bulb
extender that includes sockets. Move the "furniture" around, you can
make a queen-size bed out of two cots. It's basic, but clean - she
won't feel like a Kosavarian refugee. There's even a little
If you have kids to take along, forget the queen-size bed. But, there
are lots of organized activities for them, too.
Y'all will also meet a lot of friendly and interesting people from
around the country.
Spousal activities (irrespective of gender) include hikes, sightseeing,
arts and crafts, etc. Socialization - at meals, evenings (particularly
at the two "social halls"), there is a PG movie once a week; a Bar-B-Que
you can "dress" for; patch trading; and Waite Phillip's home to visit;
etc. You can even get a gracious meal (medium priced for us East coast
types) at the "Big" historic Hotel downtown. There's one afternoon
"free", and you can be alone or take a hike with others.
You can easily make the trip into a vacation. There's Alburquque and
Santa Fe along the way. My wife and I took an extra week and visited
Chaco Canyon, the Navajo reservation, Canyon de Chelly; Mesa Verde; etc.
The bathroom concern, shouldn't be. They're basic, but clean, also -
perhaps a step below a college dorm, but better than mostgas station
restrooms. The area is lighted by "streetlamps". If security is the
chief concern, I believe she can dismiss it as a problem.
Enjoy the opportunities.