scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Philmont - not?
John M. Ballenger (ballengerj@COMPUSERVE.COM
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 14:05:42 CST
>> If y'all can quote some "good trip" examples, in the same number of
words or less, I'd be interested (I expect to be buried in replies.). In
the interest of fairness, have other troops had disappointing Philmont
experiences? (not counting the long wait to get an opening).<<
My older son went twice, '93 and '95. His '93 trip, with a Troop leader
he respected, was a terrific experience. He learned backpacking skills for
a lifetime, gained a great deal of self-confidence and some maturity.
His '95 trip was with a provisional Troop and leaders he didn't know
or respect. The trip was a disaster for him, and he was almost sent home
because he developed such a personality conflict with the adult leaders. It
soured him on Scouting altogether.
My conclusion is that the facility is not as important as the skills
level, leadership and maturity of the adult leaders.
I personally was soured on Philmont years ago because of the
idiotic reservations system. It is one thing to expect adults to serve as
leaders, it is another to expect them to spend hours on the phone redialing
for reservations. It is a gross waste of resources (i.e. adult leader
time). And, notwithstanding the Scout Law, I have doubts about the
integrity of the allocation system. Our Troop has not been able to send a
Troop crew to Philmont since '93 (although we have some Scouts going this
summer with another Troop).