scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Philmont, Northern Tier, World Jamboree
Nat Davis (ndavis@VT.EDU
Thu Aug 17 2000 - 08:01:59 CDT
>Does anyone have information on how to go about setting up a philmont trek or
>Charles L. Sumners/Northern tier adventure for a troop. Also does anyone
>have any info on the world jamboree 2001/2002?
>Thanks in advance!
The key to a Philmont, Sea Base, or Northern Tier trip is prior
planning! My troop has been to Sea Base and NT. The easiest way my scouts
can go to Philmont is as part of my council's yearly contingents. NT now
takes reservations up to a year in advance. Philmont and Sea Base are more
popular and are booking two years out. If you are interested in one place
or another, call them now and get an information booklet/pamphlet and make
sure you know the day in the spring when the take reservations. For
Philmont and Sea Base, plan to have one or more from your unit calling all
day in an effort to get a reservation.
Once you have a slot at whatever place you are going, you need to set up
adult and scout planning groups to get ready to go. Things to consider
include transportation, equipment needs (personal and crew), finance, and
group and individual training. Distribute the workload of the planning --
don't try or let one person "do it all!" For our NT trip last summer, we
worked on canoe skills in advance and did 4 local training trips and
operated with the same crew organization that we took to NT. Would approach
Philmont the same way. Sea Base was harder since my troop took the sailing
yacht option (harder to practice up here in the mountains!). Don't forget
important or mandatory training such as Youth Protection, Safety Afloat,
_wilderness_ first aid (vs. Red Cross community first aid classes),
canoe/sailing/backpacking/camping merit badges, etc.
Make a crew budget with estimated expenses early on and use that as a basis
to begin collecting fees. Get a significant deposit from _everyone_,
scouts and leaders. After that, collect fees in some regular way. We
collected $75 per month per person for the year leading up to our NT
trip. We tried to avoid fewer large "lump sum" payments so as to reduce
the family budget impact the trip might cause. Encourage the scouts to
earn their own trip money -- cutting lawns, raking leaves, shovelling snow,
yard sales, etc. Even "poor" troops can afford such trips that way.
Subscribe to the lists at the "Bowline Scouting Community" web page
(http://www.bowline.org/index.html)! They have Philmont, Sea Base and
Canoe lists (among many others -- great site!) that provide a wealth of
information and advice. Without the help we received from the canoe list,
our trip to NT would not have been nearly as organized and we would not
have had nearly the great time that we did.
Most of all, remember that high adventure trips are a combination of
learning, leadership, and fun for all crew members! Good luck.
SM, Troop 56
K2BSA staff, Jamboree 2001