scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: How safe is Philmont
Olan Watkins (OlanWatkins@COMPUSERVE.COM
Sun Nov 07 1999 - 14:21:06 CST
I think that Mark Griffin give you an excellent answer, the biggest danger is
too us out of shape leaders.
Sb: [Philmont] How Safe is Philmont?
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It is not a secret and it is a great safety record. Considering that there
are about 30,000 people here a year for at least a week and in many cases
several months, it is amazing. It is a credit to the medical staff and the
medical standards that Philmont enforces.
I have been directly involved with Philmont as a faculty member or a member
of the staff since 1990. (As a participant starting in 1971)
Here are the 9 camper fatalities since my first summer (71).
1985-Fall at Window Rock (youth)
1985-Heart Attack @ Tooth
1988-Lightning Strike @ Cito
1989-Heart Attack @ Cito
1990-Asthma Attack @ Abreu (youth)
1992-Heart Attack @ Ute Gulch
1992-Heart Attack @ Base Camp
1996-Heart Attack @ Aguila (PTC conference adult)
1999-Asthma Attack @ Harlan (youth)
While one fatality is too many, I would contend that in any similar sized
population over a nearly 30 year period there would be a lot more than this.
I also have some 1998 camper statistics from the Health Lodge:
There were 17 fractures
19 ingrown toenails
138 tetanus shots
66 ankle sprains
There were 754 incidents (radio calls) in 1998 - 206 were dehydration.
From: "wmarkgriffin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Philmont" <Philmont@dynapolis.com>
Subject: RE: [Philmont] How Safe is Philmont?
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 09:23:18 -0700