scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Philmont - not?
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 17:52:44 CST
Our troop has attended Philmont in...
1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1995
Of those, 7 were backpacking expeditions, 4 were horseback cavalcades.
I attended all but two of those trips.
Every one of those trips was a fantastic experience. I think the program
at Philmont is exceptionally well organized and extremely well run.
I couldn't possibly list all the tremendous positive things we have done
over those years. Even those things that don't go well or "as planned"
become the adventures you remember best.
Of course poor leadership can turn even the best program into a nightmare
experience. Philmont requires emmotional as well as physical endurance.
It can be a very long trek if personality conflicts occur. I can
understand how your son could have had a bad experience.
It is unfortunate that the reservation system is not easier to negotiate
or that more boys cannot be accomodated. I guess Philmont's popularity is
now so strong that it's a victim of it's own success. We have tried
unsuccessfully these past few years to get a Philmont slot.
We have also backpacked and hiked throughout the Rockies; from Kootenay
National Park in British Columbia to the Batopilas Canyon in Mexico, with
a dozen or so sites in between.
There are other backpacking experiences out there besides Philmont. Many
of those others have met or even exceeded our experiences at Philmont.
Don't give up on Philmont, it is one of the finest Scouting experiences
available. However, don't get too discouraged if you can't get a Philmont
slot, there are so many other exciting possibilities out there.
Scoutmaster Troop 33