scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Philmont-not? Good trip report
Keith Wood (kwood@CJNETWORKS.COM
Wed Feb 23 2000 - 10:06:01 CST
> Anthony wwrote: "If y'all can quote some "good trip" examples,
Hoo, boy, can I! Philmont builds on more than an apreciation for scenery,
staffed camp acitivities, etc. Yes, you can hike in pretty scenery lots of
places (our troop does), and you can learn the same skills elsewhere (our
troop does, of course), but Philmont has a magic in its challenging length,
its varied terrain, its Scouting history, and on and on and on.
In 1987, I was advisor for a group of seven Scouts and another adult. These
were older Scouts, most of whom had been to Philmont once before and to
Sommers too. At the opening campfire when the staff tried to build
enthusiasm, our Scouts sat somewhat cynically, unwilling to be "uncool" by
whooping and hollering and singing.
After ten days on the trail on Trek 21, a top numbered trek then, more than
a hundred miles under their belt including Tooth and Baldy, they were a
different group. They worked as a team, they wanted to make sure everyone
completed every task -"no one wins unless everyone wins", and they were
confident and proud of their skills. Best of all, at the closing campfire,
who whooped the loudest? Who sang "Silver on the Sage" with the most fervor?
These guys did! No more cynicism, no more "uncool". Yeah, I was proud.
The crew chief was so converted that he applied for Philmont staff and spent
the next six summers there, the last two as Camp Director at two different
OK, it took a few more words, but I believe Philmont is special. An
analogy: you can teach the Civil War in the class room, go to a local
battlefield and get a feel for what happened, but go to Gettysburg and walk
the area and you really begin to understand. Philmont carries that same
And, yes, I'm going back this summer. Thank God.
Support Services Manager
Morris Systems Support Group - Topeka
Morris Communications Corporation
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