scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Philmont - not?
Mike Mc Abee (Gattati12@AOL.COM
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 15:08:19 CST
I have to post to the Philmont topic -
for troops in the west, Philmont mat be looked on as "just another camp
to attend" and so may view the reservation system as "primitive", difficult,
or whatever, but for the troops east of the Mississippi, Philmont is very
special and rarely something that can be done as a "troop" activity.
in my council (Baltimore Area), we routinely form provisional troops and
the Council makes the rservations for the troops to attend Philmont.
Scoutmasters who wish to lead a crew are recruited, boys are found and a
series of "shakedown" weekends are planned, not unlike the activities
provisional Jambo troops plan.
we elect an SPL and get to know one another (boys and Adults) - by the
time we reach Philmont we are a Patrol w/ an SM and SPL, not strangers on a
for me, all aspects of the event was truly revealing - from the initial
hikes along the Appalachian trail (first time ever), to the transcontinental
train trip (first time ever), to the 10 days on the trail at Philmont (first
time ever in the American Southwest).
1965 was the year that saw of nearly every major and minor river, from
the Mississippi west - nearly 2/3 of all the footbridges at Philmont were
wiped out and nearly all the work projects we did as part of our Philmont
patch requirements were repairing/replacing foot bridges.
waking at 5am, and looking out the front of your Adirondack to the ridge
above and seeing a herd of blacktail deer walking along a trail, totally
taking a ride from horse camp to the edge of the mesa and looking out
over and down onto clouds from which rain is falling onto the painted desert;
going into a gold mine and then having a chance to pan for gold and take
home the vial of gold "grains of sand";
walking along and suddenly getting "bombed by Eisenhower dollar size hail
stones, having to stop and get our ponchos, only to have it stop by the time
we were in our rain gear and have gorgeous rainbows instead;
...do i go on??
Mike Mc Abee