scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Philmont Prep
Steve Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM
Sat Feb 26 2000 - 10:31:31 CST
There has been a lot of discussion on the quality of Philmont
Experiences. I would suggest that the quality of the experience depends on
the quality of the preparation. In '97 I took a crew but for many many
months before we went we spend many days/weekends hiking long distances and
backpacking up an down hills. When the crew got there, they were
physically and mentally ready for the physical challenges and were able to
enjoy their experiences. The boys remained in scouting and of the 8 boys
that went, 6 later became Eagle and #7 is just about done.
We had another crew from our unit go in '98 of which I was not part. The
chose not to use the previous years training plan as they felt it was "too
intense". Their trip turned into the trek from hell. There was a lot of
conflict on the trail and the Adult advisor completely withdrew from the
crew. It was such an experience that when they returned, all of the boys
never returned to any scouting event. They all quit even though several
were within spitting distance of Eagle.
Here we go again in 2000. We have two crews going. I will be advising one
and we are well into our physical conditioning. The other crew has chosen
to head down the easy trail. They have opted not to train with us as our
plan is 'too intense' for them. Most of that crew have yet to do any
conditioning yet. Their advisors opinion is that 'it can't be that
tough'. They base that on the fact that I am old enough to be the scouts
graddfather and if I can make it...anyone can make it.
I've talked, persuaded, cajoled, and invited them to train with us for
their own good. Most still refuse to come. I've decided to let that crew
go their own way. Some folks have to learn the tough way. The only
reservation I have is that their trek will turn into another 'trek from
hell' and we will lose another group of boys to scouting.
I just rely on the lesson of life that the quality of the experience is
dependent upon the quality of the preparation.
Stephen M. Hoar
Simon Kenton Council, Ohio