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Tale of Two Philmonts

Posted on 08 May 2012 by MikeD

The following is a Guest Article by Mike Dubrall. Mike “Dub Zero” Blogs and writes informative articles on backpacking and snow camping at 50Miler.com.

Philmont sits at the apex of the Scout backpacking experience. For skilled backpackers the Philmont routes are not difficult. However, most Scouts are not accomplished backpackers and the challenge of being on the trail for almost two weeks makes any trip to Philmont incredibly worthwhile. In addition, the fun activities and camaraderie with hikers from every state makes Philmont a kind of “Scouting Disneyland.”

Philmont is much more than backpacking. There are months of prep meetings, practice hikes, and shopping sprees. Commemorative shirts have to be designed and ordered and new equipment purchased. There is often an exciting cross county trip by train, plane, or automobile and groups stop at popular attractions along the way. Nearby cities like Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos are teeming eager Scouts (in uniform) during the summer months. Afterwards, reunion parties, slide shows, and campfire discussions keep the Philmont experience alive for a long time.

Philmont sits at the apex of Scout wilderness experiences

My first trip to Philmont was a disaster. We trained hard for a difficult backpacking trip and that is not what we got at all. A forest fire broke out before our arrival and a large part of the Ranch was closed to hikers. Everyone got crowded into the southern section of the Ranch, where campsites and trails were overflowing with Scouts. There were lines at every Red Roof Inn and our assigned Ranger was an idiot incompetent. Stringent rules put everyone on edge. Programs were impacted and long wait times or even oversubscribed activities were daily occurrences. A lingering drought meant no swimming or showers for the entire trek. (Ten days on the trail days without anyone bathing even once!)

Our difficult 80 mile planned backpacking trip turned into a 35 mile romp with nothing to do most afternoons. The Scouts got bored and turned on each other and then on the adults. Eventually the adults started taking out their frustrations on the Scouts. It was, by all measures, a miserable trip.

Almost a decade passed before my new Troop became serious about backpacking and started talking about Philmont. It was with mixed feelings that I was swept up in their collective enthusiasm and put my name on a list to go again. The goal was to make my second trip a different experience altogether.

This time we focused on the overall Philmont experience and not just the backpacking. Practice hikes were important of course, but the hikes were filled with stories about Philmont history, camps, activities, and potential service projects. Along the way everyone learned the Philmont Grace and Philmont Hymn, which we all sang with increasing fervor every day we were on the trail together. The song became a unifying force of surprising power. (Even now, one year later, they sing the Philmont Hymn at the drop of a hat!)

Philmont is more than a hike - it is a lifetime memory

Arriving at Philmont base camp in the middle of the night, we tried to slip quietly into our tents so as not to wake the backpackers in our assigned area. Morning soon arrived, with the staff welcome at breakfast, paperwork processing, review of the routes, and introduction to our Ranger, who would be with us for a couple of days. The boys swarmed into the Philmont Trading Post to stock up on candy, belts, hats, shirts, and assorted mementos, some of which might be valuable on the trail. We finished the pack check, stored our extra stuff in the lockers, attended an inspirational Scout’s Own, and were ready to leave the next morning.

The first morning on the trail, our Ranger woke us up before dawn, and in the dark, we scrambled to the top of a mountain to experience the sunrise. Sitting together in the gathering light, we watched the valley come into focus under an azure sky. When he had our attention, the Ranger said, “Before you is a unique opportunity to have an incredible experience at Philmont. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Do things you don’t think are possible. Create memories for your lifetime. No one can do it but you.”

For the next ten days we had a glorious time together, punctuated by burrow racing, lumber jacking, black bears, beautiful sunrises & sunsets, cantinas, campfires, horseback riding, singing songs, petroglyphs, porch talks, rock climbing, shotgun shooting, card games, storytelling, challenge courses, and, of course, backpacking. Everyone had a fantastic time.

Some trips are good and some are not so good, but every visit to Philmont is transformative in its own way. Boys become men and men become better. For that reason, every serious Scout and Adult Leader should hike there at least once.

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Mike Dubrall writes about backpacking, snow camping, and other high adventure outings at 50Miler.com.. His email is miked@50miler.com or you can be connected through the “50miler.com Outing Resource Center” on Facebook.

 

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Reach Out and Philmont Someone on December 3rd, 2011

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Reach Out and Philmont Someone on December 3rd, 2011

Posted on 29 November 2011 by admin

Over 3,040 people have committed to “Reach out and Philmont someone!” on Saturday December 3rd, 2011.  Advertised on Facebook as an Event, over 4,200 individuals have been invited.  The Facebook event page states that it “is a social experiment to see how many Philmonters are lurking around in our every day lives.”   The event organizer is crowning the first Saturday in December to be “Find a Philmonter Day!”.

The idea is that everyone who has been to Philmont, worked at Philmont, gone on a trek, gone on Rayado, worked on Trail Crew, wears their Philmont staff shirt, trek shirt, hat, or other prominent Philmont gear on December 3rd, 2011.  Then as you spend time out at about, going about your daily life business, see who you might connect with.  The goal of the event is to see how many other invisible Philmonters there are in your area/life that you always pass that you would never know have a Philmont connection.

The Facebook event, says an important part of the experiement is to come back to the Facebook event and post who you saw, what you talked abou, and tell a story.

Some members of the group are asking members to not just be seen, but to be heard as well.  The Philmont Staff Association (PSA) has the Philmont Hymn ringtone available for purchase at http://www.philstaff.com/?p=2970.  The ringtone is in “chime” form and can be downloaded to your personal electronic device. It’s a great way to let people know you are a part Philmont.  The cost is only $2.oo and 100% of the proceeds go to the PSA Staff Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund endows seasonal staff members with up to $1,500.oo to help with their higher education.

Will you Reach Out and Philmont someone on December 3rd, 2011?

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Philmont Hiring a Museum Director

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Philmont Hiring a Museum Director

Posted on 13 November 2011 by admin

Philmont is currently looking to hire a Museum Director.  The Philmont Museum Director is responsible for the management, operation and programs of the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library, Kit Carson Museum and Rayado Historical District and the Villa Philmonte. The position also provides support to Philmont’s living history backcountry programs, backcountry program museums and the archeology efforts on the Ranch.

Individuals interested in being considered for the Philmont Museum Director position are requested to submit a current resume by November 28, 2011 to the address listed on the Philmont Museum Director job description.  Interested individuals are also asked to provide a statement expressing their vision for the Philmont Museums.

You can find a complete position description on the Philmont Museum Director job description.

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Philmont Training Center Logo

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2012 Philmont Training Center Schedule

Posted on 14 October 2011 by admin

Philmont Training Center LogoSince 1950, Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico has served as the National Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America.  Each summer, conferences are conducted at “PTC” by the various departments and committees of the BSA national council.  In 2012 there are dozens of exciting conferences to choose from that cover all aspects and programs of Scouting!  You are invited!  Don’t miss the chance to come to PTC next summer. Plus individuals who register by December 31, 2011 will qualify for the early bird registration price!

One of the most unique opportunities of a week at PTC is the chance to enjoy the magic of Philmont with your family.  While you learn the “best methods” of Scouting in your conference, your family members will enjoy hikes into the Philmont backcountry, horseback rides, crafts, games, and so much more!  You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore Philmont and the surrounding area together as a family.  This will surely be a Scouting adventure you will never forget.

Besides the normal great Philmont Training Center Sessions, here are the new sessions for 2012:

For more details about Philmont Training Center, visit http://www.philmonttrainingcenter.org/.  To register to attend PTC, log onto your MyScouting account at http://www.myscouting.org/ and then click on the “event registration” tab.

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Henry Repeating Arms Introduces Licensed Special Edition Philmont® Scout Ranch Rifle

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Henry Repeating Arms Introduces Licensed Special Edition Philmont® Scout Ranch Rifle

Posted on 22 January 2011 by admin

The Philmont® Scout Ranch Rifle celebrates the Boy Scouts of America’s oldest high adventure base and the largest youth camp in the world by size and number of participants. This Henry Frontier Lever .22 is offered with the Philmont® Black Bull logo embellished with an 18 kt. gold plate on the right side of the dark receiver cover.

The American walnut stock has a laser etched and hand painted rendering of the iconic Tooth of Time, with the words TOOTH OF TIME emblazoned underneath the mountain’s slope. On the forearm is the scripted word “Philmont” and the Philmont horse brand and cattle brand cut into the wood.

For a free catalog and a list of Henry dealers in your area, please call toll free at (866) 200-2354  or visiting henryrepeating.com.

Source: BSA Licensing Insider January 2011, Vol. 4, No. 1

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Philmont Trail Crew Trek (TCT)

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Check Out Philmont Trail Crew Trek

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Dan

Looking for a low cost way to spend time at Philmont? You should check out a Philmont Trail Crew Trek.

Philmont Trail Crew Trek (TCT)Tail Crew Trek (TCT) is a co-ed fourteen-day educational program focused on conservation and leadership development. TCT involves seven days of building trail, a seven-day educational trek throughout Philmont, hands-on experience with a variety of conservation projects on the ranch and visits from guest speakers involved in conservation and resource management.

Check out the 2011 Philmont Trail Crew Trek Application (pdf)

Source: Official Philmonth Philmont Trail Crew Trek website.

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Bear Attacks Goat at Philmont, Gets Punched

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Bear Attacks Goat at Philmont, Gets Punched

Posted on 01 July 2010 by Dan

A Philmont Staff Member saves a goat by punching a bear in the face…

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Philmont Staff Application Process

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Philmont Staff Application Process

Posted on 12 December 2009 by admin

The Philmont Staff Association has an informative post about the seasonal staff hiring process to help alleviate any concerns prospective applicants are having.

“we do not have a deadline on when applications need to be submitted. Received application information is entered into the database and placed under the department of the first choice, for review. We have several managers that hire for the different departments and do so in between their normal Philmont jobs, so it is a tedious and time-consuming process to fill the 1,000+ positions needed for the summer season. When someone is offered employment, an email is sent out right away with details”

While you are visiting the Philmont Staff Association website reading the rest of the post, read about their Annual Fund Drive and help out if you can.

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15 Percent off at Tooth of Time Traders Dec 1st Only

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15 Percent off at Tooth of Time Traders Dec 1st Only

Posted on 01 December 2009 by admin

Didn’t get all your holiday gifts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Don’t worry, Tooth of Time Traders has your back with a special Tooth of Time Tuesday Sale for December 1st, 2009 (that’s today so hurry!).

http://www.toothoftimetraders.com/

Get 15% off your entire order!!!
This offer is good on Tooth of Time Tuesday, December 1st, 2009.
Enter Promotion Code: tooth15

If you’ve never shopped at Tooth of time Traders before they have a great line up of products. It’s not just
Philmont souvenirs, they have a full selection of camping gear, clothing, books, and even Christmas Ornaments! Check them out today, and use the code for 15% off!

http://www.toothoftimetraders.com/

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Three Scouts Earn Triple Crown Award

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Three Scouts Earn Triple Crown Award

Posted on 30 November 2009 by Dan

The Star-Banner has a great article about three local Scouts who earned the Triple Crown Award:

“Hol-ry” can be a friendly greeting or a cry for help, depending on the volume and context.

The exchange is traditional at the Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in Ely, Minn., one of three high adventure bases that scouts Bobby Stewart, 18, Kyle Blanton, 16, and Dylan Henderson, 16, experienced to earn their “Triple Crown.”

Read the whole article at The Star-Banner.

Hat Tip: @HolRy

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