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Philmont Registration for 2011

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Philmont Registration for 2011

Posted on 27 October 2009 by Dan

PhilomontIf your unit wants to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in 2011, its time to get planning!

Registration requests for 2011 Expeditions for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made on the internet beginning November 1 thru December 5, 2009. Please see the 2011 Philmont Registration Packet (pdf) for additional information.

Unit representatives will log into a special website during the week that corresponds to their BSA region, or during the open week.

Week One: Northeast Region – Nov 1 -7
Week Two: Western Region – Nov 8 – 14
Week Three: Southern Region – Nov 15 – 21
Week Four: Central Region – Nov 22 – 28
Week Five: Open Week – Nov 29 – Dec 5

Once the registration request process is completed, the computer will randomly select units to receive reservations. When 2011 reaches capacity, groups will be placed on a waiting list for 2011 in the event of

Please see the 2011 Philmont Registration Packet (pdf) for additional information.

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Video: 2010 Philmont Staff Promotion

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Video: 2010 Philmont Staff Promotion

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Dan

Ever wonder what it is like working at Philmont? Check out this video by the National Council about the different opportunities at Philmont

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John Westfall

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In Memoriam: John Benton Westfall (1927 – 2009)

Posted on 12 May 2009 by admin

John WestfallMr. John Benton Westfall, 81, an avid community leader, supporter, and retiree of the Phillips Petroleum Co., passed away at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday in the Heritage Villa Nursing Center.

Funeral services for Mr. Westfall will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 in the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Dr. T. Lee Stephens and Father Christopher Waters will be the officiants. Family final rites will be directed by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service.

Memorials in remembrance to Mr. Westfall have been established with the Cherokee Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Bartlesville; the Philmont Staff Association, Cimarron, New Mexico; the Anglican Church of St. Paul, Owasso, Okla. and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 210 E. 9th, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003.

John Benton Westfall was born on September 7, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of the late Benton F. Westfall and Marguerite Inlow (Durbon) Westfall. He began his education in Kansas City, Missouri and moved with his family members to Independence, Kansas where he was graduated with the Senior Class of 1945 from the Independence High School. He continued his education and was a student at what is now known as Pittsburg State University with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Chemistry. He was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He was President of the student body and Alpha Phi Omega. John was active in scouting throughout his life, spending summers on the staff at Philmont Scout Ranch where he wrote THE PHILMONT HYMN at the age of 16, which is still used today.

He began his career in Tall Corn Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in Des Moines, Iowa where he organized the Mitigwa Dancers troop and led high adventure explorer scout groups. He was transferred to Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in Bartlesville. John joined the Phillips Chemical Co. in 1960 and moved to Akron, Ohio, Rhode Island, Toronto, Canada and Chicago, Illinois as Regional Manager prior to making his final home in Bartlesville. He retired in 1985 and later was Director of Tourism for the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce. Following his retirement, he enjoyed teaching senior high for many years as a substitute teacher.

Mr. Westfall was active in Bartlesville Downtown Lion’s Club, served on the Board of Youth and Family Services and Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was active in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church as a Lay Vicar in Nowata, a Lay Reader for fifteen years and served on the Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He taught Sunday School for three years. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver award from the Cherokee Area Council and the Silver Sage award from the Philmont Staff Association. John was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Jim Gillie Award, Allied Arts and Humanities Council of Bartlesville, Distinguished Community Service Award; the Phillip R. “Phil” Phillips Award. In the Scouting program, he also was a scout camp staff member in Kansas and Iowa; Eagle Scout with five Palms; Explorer Ranger; Philmont Lone staffer and a member of the Philmont staff. He was active in the Order of the Arrow, Field Scout Executive, Des Moines, Iowa; District Scout Executive in Bartlesville; organized and was first President of Delta Mu Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega and was Camp Orator and Asst. Camp Director at Camp Cherokee; Troop Committee member, Akron, Ohio, Scoutmaster of Troop, Riverside, Rhode Island; Member of Executive Board, Cherokee Area Council and Friends of Scouting fund raiser.

In the limelight in civic leadership, John Westfall was a member and past President, Downtown Bartlesville Lions Club; member of Board of Directors of Youth and Family Services; member of Graduated Sanctions committee working with youthful offenders. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bartlesville Civic Ballet. John was responsible for bringing the first Fly In to Bartlesville and to further his civic credits, he was the initiator and creator of the local Indian Summer Festival.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Barbara Jean (Plake) Westfall, of the Bartlesville home and to whom he was united in marriage on June 26, 1949 and would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary this coming June; one son, Mark Benton Westfall and wife Nancy of Oxford, Kansas; one daughter, Barbara Ellen (Westfall) Hirst and her husband John of Barnhart, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jessica, Crystal and Sarah Westfall and Anastasia and Joseph Benton Hirst; one cousin, Norma Jean Johnson an husband Jim of Denver, Colorado and dear friends, Tom and Judy Chamberlain and their sons, David and Peter.

The Westfall family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation for the loving kindness and care extended to John by Rivercross Hospice and the Heritage Villa Nursing Center of Bartlesville.

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Scouting and Twitter

Posted on 12 March 2009 by Dan

I have received a few questions about Twitter and Scouting recently due to the TrailStop.com $25 Gift Card Contest.

What contest you may be asking yourself…
If you haven’t already entered, do so soon as the contest ends on March 13th, 2009! Right now we have approximately 26 entries. (why approximate? Some people didn’t copy the Tweet exactly as specified. I’m going to try to find those that were close, but I haven’t done so yet.)

For those of you who don’t know what Twitter is, its a messaging platform that allows people around the world to post what they are doing in 140 characters or less. You can follow someone to easily keep track of their posts (also known as tweets). Its a hard concept to explain, so consider checking it out instead.

Latter-day Scout (@LatterDay_Scout )recently wrote a post on his blog about Scouting and the various social networking sites. In discussing Twitter, he writes:

When it comes to scouting, Twitter is by far the most useful online tool I’ve found for networking, making scouting friends, and learning more about scouting. In a very short amount of time I’ve found new friends, picked up fundraising and program tips, been pointed to useful scouting resources I was previously unaware of, and ultimately had exposed to me a wealth of scouting news that is beneficial to me, and the scouts I lead.

Not only does Twitter allow Scouts and Leaders learn from each other, its an easy way for National, Councils, and Camps to get information out to prospective folks. A few Councils have done a great job of implementing Twitter into their communication plan, @CapitolAreaBSA and @NEICBSA come to mind. The National Council has also jumped on the bandwagon and started Tweeting with @BoyScouts just a couple of weeks ago.

Top Scouting Related Twitter Users to Follow
@ScoutingNews (I had to) – Tweets about Scouting News and new articles on http://www.scoutingnews.org.
@BoyScouts – The official Twitter feed of the Boy Scouts of America. Stay current with the latest news in Scouting.
@ScoutStuff – Coupon Codes and Promotions from ScoutStuff.org.
@HalfEagleBot – Keeps track of Scouting related Blogs and News and points you to their stories.
@LatterDay_Scout – A volunteer involved with making better boys, and better men, through Scouting in the Latter-days.
@ScoutSigns – A volunteer that spreads Scouting News and shares great information.

I’m sure I missed a few great Scouting related folks to follow on Twitter, feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

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Casa del Gavilan Innkeeper Position

Posted on 16 February 2009 by admin

If you enjoy the natural beauty of Philmont, you may be interested in this job opportunity that was posted on the Philmont Staff Association Website.

Live and work year round under the Tooth of Time.

Seeking a resident innkeeper for the Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn (The Nairn Place) in Cimarron, New Mexico. Completely surrounded by Philmont the Casa del Gavilan is a place of uncommon tranquility. The owners of the Casa (current and former Philmonters) are seeking a self-motivated individual or couple to operate the inn for 9-11 months per year. This is a hands-on position requiring the innkeeper to cook for up to 15 (with assistance), clean rooms, assist with laundry, and do a little light gardening. Housekeeping staff does most of the room cleaning but innkeeper will be responsible for some as well. Previous hospitality experience preferred but not essential. Non-smoker with no pets preferred.

Applicants must have superior references, excellent people skills, and be detail oriented to provide exceptional hospitality. Private suite is provided for on-site housing. Salary $15,000/year with January off. This position may also be available as an April 1 through October 31 annual contract if preferred by the right applicant. This is not a 9-5 position. Applicant must be comfortable living in a remote setting, and happy to provide hospitality 24/7 as required. It isn’t a lot of work but the work is spread out over the day with free time here and there.

Contact Dave Emery at dave@casadelgavilan.com for more information and an application. More information regarding the Casa del Gavilan can be found at www.casadelgavilan.com

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2009 National Advanced Leadership Experience (NAYLE) Information Available

Posted on 29 December 2008 by Dan

The National Advanced youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) Website has been updated with information for the 2009 courses.

What is NAYLE?
The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is a course offered by the Philmont Training Center that is based at the Rocky Mountain Scout Camp.

The Course is designed to provide Scouts with a Philmont based wilderness experience that motivates them to follow a life of helping others succeed based on the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouts will camp in a patrol setting where they will use leadership skills to overcome exciting and challenging back country situations.

NAYLE will equip youth leaders to be better Troop Leaders, NYLT staff members and/or superior camp staff. It will help guide a Scouts’ journey in leadership service to others, able to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.

2009 NAYLE Sessions:
Nayle Session #1: June 14 – June 20, 2009
Nayle Session #2: June 21 – June 27, 2009
Nayle Session #3: June 27 – July 3, 2009
Nayle Session #4: July 4 – July 10, 2009
Nayle Session #5: July 12 – July 18, 2009
Nayle Session #6: July 19 – July 25, 2009
Nayle Session #7: July 26 – August 1, 2009
Nayle Session #8: August 2 – August 8, 2009

Basic Participation Requirements: (See application for complete list)
– Scouts must be 14 but not yet 18.
– Scouts must hold a Troop leadership position.
– Scouts must have completed either NYLT or JLTC.
– Cost for the program is $340. (Does not include transportation)
– Council Scout Executive must approve (sign) your application.

You can learn more or download an application at the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) Website.

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In Memorium: Joseph J. Davis, Sr.

Posted on 10 November 2008 by Dan

On Saturday October 25, 2008, Frederick County’s oldest Eagle Scout, Joseph J. Davis, Sr., passed away at age 96. “Uncle Joe” was a lifetime Boy Scout, having entered the Scouting program in 1924 at age 12 in Troop 39 of Manchester, NY and served as a volunteer and professional until his death – over 84 years later. Along the way he received many rewards and honors. He earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1928 and had it presented to him by James E. West, Scouting’s first national Scout Executive. He was awarded the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver Award and, appropriately enough, the James E. West Award. Additionally he was only the second man in Frederick County to be awarded the Distinguished Eagle Award. His last Scouting honor was the Silver Sage award from the Philmont Staff Association.

Joe first came to Frederick County in 1935 upon his graduation from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps for three years in the Frederick Watershed area. It was while working for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), that Joe met and married the former Viola Rice who predeceased him in 1981. He subsequently moved to the Garrett County CCC projects where he and Viola had their son Jack who predeceased his father in August of this year. Joe was also predeceased by his father, John Davis, mother Lena Nader Davis and his sister Mary Davis.

In 1943, Joe left the CCCs and began to work with the Boy Scouts of America in Philadelphia. After Philadelphia, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., then Roanoke VA, Chicago, and, finally, his ultimate assignment as Director of Camping at Philmont, the BSA’s 130,000 acre ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico. He retired to Frederick in 1976 and has been active with the Boy Scouts, the Association for the Advancement of Retired People, Meals on Wheels, the Literacy Council and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick.

He is survived by two grandsons; Sean Davis of Denver, CO and Keith Davis of Oakland, CA and a Great-granddaughter, Alyssa Davis of Mandeville, Louisiana. In addition he leaves several nieces and a nephew: Linda Sundergill, Allen Wachter, Johnna Lee Kennedy and Gerry Ann Houck of Frederick, as well as Yvonne Magaha and Charles “Buddy” May both in Florida. He also is survived by his God-daughter Betty Ross of New York State.

In Lieu of Flowers:
The family has requested that donations be made in Joe’s name to:

The Frederick County Boy Scouts of America Friends of Scouting campaign
Checks for the Boy Scouts should be made to “BSA-NCAC” and sent care of
Linda Sundergill, 7015 Sundays Lane, Frederick, Maryland 21702


The Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Miracles Capital Campaign
Checks for ELC should be sent directly to the Church at:
31 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701

Memorial Services:
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Frederick, Maryland
10:00 AM

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National Catholic Committee on Scouting Recruiting for Biennial St. George Trek

Posted on 23 October 2008 by Dan

General Information
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® is pleased to announce its high adventure leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. Designed to develop organizational and relational skills for leadership as well as nourishing the scout’s spirituality, the program will bring Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking on the trail including three days of intensive leadership training at a back country base camp.

Dates and Itinerary
The 2009 Saint George Trek begins on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the participants meet get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. Then it’s off to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith and scripture in their lives as Christian leaders. Before returning home on August 5, 2009, they will be asked to commit themselves to bring what they have learned home to their respective dioceses where they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts.

Candidate Qualifications/Selection
Each Arch/diocese is encouraged to conduct a search and send one or two top-notch scouts to the Trek. Because the program can only accommodate seventy youth, only two participants per diocese will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Selection of participants is made by the individual Arch/Diocese and should be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity and leadership potential. The earning of Scouting’s Religious Emblems and involvement in church, school and scouting activities should be given consideration. Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be fifteen years of age on or before July 21, 2009 and in High School in the fall of 2009. NO exceptions can be made. They must have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the trails of Philmont. There will be one female crew. Girls registered in Venturing are eligible to apply. The Saint George Trek is a one time only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible.

After the (arch)diocesan selection process has been completed, a YOUTH PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM, (completed by the scout) an ARCH/DIOCESAN AUTHORIZATION, (completed by the sponsoring Arch/Diocesan Catholic Committee), and $100 deposit for each participant are submitted to:

Austin E. Cannon
105 Haff Avenue
No. Bellmore, NY 11710
(H) 516-221-7186
(B) 516-678-5800, ext. 245

* (Arch)Diocese Authorization form
* Youth Participant Registration form

The 2009 fee for the Saint George Trek is $725.00 per participant.

The fee covers:
* All Philmont Scout Ranch fees
* All other lodging
* Food
* Chartered bus travel

Not Included in Fee
* Transportation to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico
* Normal personal expenses

Fee Schedule
* A $100.00 deposit fee per participant, payable to NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING (NCCS) must accompany the application. Add to Check Memo Field: Acct # 67017 – 4810
* February 1, 2009 – $ 250.00;
* March 15, 2009 – $ 250.00.
* Final payment, $ 125.00 is due May 1, 2009.

NOTE: Philmont has a policy that all fees are non-refundable. NCCS will refund all fees paid if it is able to fill the vacancy with another participant.

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Double H High Adventure Base Closing

Posted on 10 October 2008 by Dan

The “Philmont Expedition Registration for 2010″ packet confirms the rumors that Double H High Adventure Base will be closing after the 2009 summer season.

PLEASE NOTE: The Double H High Adventure Base will conclude six years of operation with the 2009 season. no reservations will be accepted for the Double H for 2010.

The Double H High Adventure Base, is a partnership between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Boy Scouts of America. The Double H Ranch was opened in 2003 and is operated by Philmont Scout Ranch. With no established trail system, the Double H is a rugged southwestern experience covering over 100,000 acres and elevations over 7,000 feet. Treks hike cross country utilizing the principles of “Leave No Trace”.

Calls to Philmont Scout Ranch confirmed that Double H High Adventure Base will be closing, however staff did not provide an explanation for the closure.

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An explanation of the New Square Knots

Posted on 06 October 2008 by Dan

The National Council has approved a few new uniform square knots over the past year. It appears not too many folks have seen or heard about them, so here is a run down:

The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Square Knot
The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot is available to any currently active commissioner at any position by completing the attached requirements. Approval is administered by the local council through the council commissioner and the professional advisor to commissioner service. The knot once earned can be purchased through the Supply Group at your local Scout Shop or Council Distributor.

Philmont Training Center Masters Square Knot
This is a three track program. First Track attend Philmont Training Center (PTC) as a participant.

Second track: Take an additional Course at PTC. (and) Recruit 3 people to attend a PTC course. (and) Teach a BSA course in your district, council, area or region. Course and participation in the course must be approved by the council or area chair prior to the course.

Third Track: Serve as a faculty member at PTC or attend a third time as a participant. (and) Recruit 3 people to attend a PTC course. (and) Do one of the following: Coordinate a council, area or regional cluster approved training event and coordinate and staff a promotional booth for the PTC at a council event. (or) Conduct a council “Philmont Family Meeting” to share PTC information and encourage family participation. (or) Teach a training course in a foreign county- Coordinated and approved by the BSA international division.

Completing the the first and second track, you would earn the square knot. By completing thing third track you would earn a PTC square knot device.

NESA Life Membership Square Knot
This new know is for National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) life members. It may be purchased from your local Scout Shop, by showing your NESA Life Member card. If they don’t have them in stock, they can order one for you. The item number is 18092. Only one Eagle Scout Award square knot maybe worn at a time, so this one should replace the Eagle Scout square knot on your uniform if you are a NESA Life Member.

BSA Speaker Bank Square Knot
In order to spread the message of Scouting, the BSA is maintaining a list of speakers to get the word out about Scouting. After a registered speaker conducts a minimum of 20 speeches and provides feedback, the speaker will receive a knot. Knot recipients will receive recognition at the National Annual Meeting. More information can be found at: BSA Speakers Bank

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