scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Philmont - not?
Todd Tingblad (tingbltn@HUDSON.K12.WI.US
Wed Feb 23 2000 - 12:49:24 CST
Chris, has got it right. Philmont is also a place that you must make it
special for yourself. Philmont itself can only go so far. You, the
Advisor, Crew Member, Crew Leader, or Ranger, must put into the trek for it
to really become that life changing event it can be.
Talk to any Ranger and you will learn how they spot crews that may have
problems and work with them for the three days they are with them, to help
them turn themselves around. The crew and members must come ready to have
the best trek ever or it will not be. If they don't follow the Ranger's
training and advice, they can get into troubles in Navigating, Group
Dynamics, Equipment, Program, and 100's of other things. For example, we
forgot one bag of stakes for a tent. Our Ranger worked with use to come up
with a solution that did not require us to return to Base Camp. Even after
we had a solution, we changed it because someone else had forgotten stakes
in the site and we found them.
Do you have to go to Philmont to get the same thing? Yes and No. While
Philmont is a very special place on earth, the same youth growing can take
place anywhere the youth are. I've seen it at Philmont, Summer Camp,
National Jamboree, Weekend Campouts, Troop Meetings, Boards of Review,
Service Projects, and many non-Scouting activities too. The latest was on
my return from Philmont this summer when a parent called be within hours of
our return to ask, "What did you do to my son? This is not the boy that
left 16 days ago. This is someone I did not think I would see for another
6 years. This is a young man." It happens and it is a great feeling for
us adults to see it happen. This was just a repeat of many other parents
calling me and say thanks for helping move their child along the path to
For the poor Scout making that roundtable presentation...I've been there
and Chris is right...it's hard for any youth to talk to a large group, much
less a large group of adults about anything, much less a trek to Philmont
that is hard to talk about to someone who has never been their to really
understand how that place can change you and still give the facts needed
for a roundtable presentation.
This is not to say that not going to Philmont can do the same for anyone.
There are many adventures that are available to all of use. All we have to
do is look for them.
Todd N. Tingblad -- mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Indianhead Scouting/BSA Webmaster -- http://www.indianhead.org
LaCroix District Unit Commissioner
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