scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Philmont-not? Good trip report
H. Rice Brewer, Sr. (HRiceB@AOL.COM
Thu Feb 24 2000 - 09:17:23 CST
As a former Philmont Staff Member, I would like to add to this thread.
First let me premise my remarks by saying that it has been almost 20 years
since I was on the seasonal staff, so my views may be a bit aged.
Nevertheless, I have had more than sufficient time at The Ranch in the past
few years as a member of the Philmont Staff Association to give me current
It was the summer of 1980 and I was a Program Counselor at Pueblano in the
North Country. That year, for some reason that I never understood, one of
the hardest and longest treks had a stop at Pueblano the second night on the
trail and then a pass through on the way to Six Mile Gate. Because of the
difficulty of this particular trek, it was most often taken by the more
experienced and older crews.
To a crew, the change from the beginning of the treks to the end of the trek
in the individuals and crew dynamics was astounding. These kids had truly
grown a year or two in the intervening eight days on the trail. No more did
I hear ''me" but rather the overriding theme was "us" and "we". When you
think about it, that is a monumental mind shift for a 14, 15 or 16 year old
boy or girl.
Yes, you can have good scenery in almost every state in the USA. However,
the experience and opportunity to grow at Philmont can never be duplicated.
On a personal note, the Kit Carson Program (now the Rayado Program) was a
paradigm into my almost unlimited potential. It is truly an outstanding
program and I encourage all to send a young man or woman on this program.
H. Rice Brewer, Sr.
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