Other than dealing with an injury to a member of your crew, nothing at Philmont can be as stressful as getting through the first day. The first day at Philmont is "lovingly" called the Day 1 Marathon for good reason. There is a specific list of tasks that MUST be completed before your crew can be bussed out to the back country, and there are a few other activities each crew wants to take part in.
The MUST DOs include:
- Arrival at Philmont
- Check-in at Welcome Center
- Meet your ranger
- Administration check-in
- Logistics consultation
- Medical re-checks
- Trail equipment check-out
- Trail food check-out
- Crew shakedown with your ranger
- Crew photos
- Advisors Meeting/Crew Leader Meeting/Chaplain Aid Meeting
- Opening Campfire
Some of the other activities you may want to do include:
- Tour the Villa Philmonte'
- Visit the Tooth of Time Traders
- Visit the snack bar
- Visit the News & Photo Service
- Attend evening chapel
For myself, and most of the adults I've talked to, Philmont Day 1 is the last stressful part of the 18 months of preparations for the trip. The vacation does not start on Day 1. The vacation starts on Day 2. Here are some tips, tricks, and notes to help you get through that first stressful day.