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"These properties are donated and dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America for the purpose of perpetuating faith—self reliance—integrity—freedom. Principles used to build this great country by the American pioneer so that these future citizens may, through thoughtful adult guidance, and by the inspiration of nature visualize and form a code of living to diligently maintain these high ideals and our proper destiny."
~Waite Phillips at the dedication of Philmont

 Welcome to the Philmont Forum!

This website is dedicated to Philmont Scout Ranch and other high adventure opportunities in the Scouting programs.  The site includes a message board (forum), a private messaging system, and user profiles and features.  If you are already a regisitered member, login and update your profile.  If you are not already a registered member, register and join the community.

All registered members have full access to post messages and reply to messages on the message board, to write Philmont articles and blogs, to upload and download photos from the photo gallery, and to upload and download documents and files from the "download" section. So look around, login or register, then join the community of users.

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2009 Itineraries are available

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You can find the 2009 itineraries on the Scouting.org website.  Here are some quick links to follow.

2009 Itineraries at a glance

2009 Philtrek Guide (TREKS)

2009 Itinerary/Arrival card

Short Treks Itinerary/Arrival card

 

Backpacking and Self-Renewal in "God's Country"

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This is an essay I wrote a few years ago after returning from a trek.  It explains why Philmont -- and the wilderness in general -- has had such a profound effect on my life.  Each year, as I start preparing another Crew for their adventure, I dust it off and present it to them as a part of their trek preparation.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2009 13:54 Read more...
 

Philmont Cold Weather Shakedown Comfort and Safety

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This is a handout I gave to my Crew before one of our weekend "shakedown" activities in preparation for the Philmont trek. The shakedown occured in February and the weather was especially cold and windy.  The article deals with cold weather comfort and safety.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2009 02:23 Read more...
 

The Day 1 Marathon

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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.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2009 01:51 Read more...
 

Wood Gas Stove

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Discussions about Wood Gas Stove

Consider using carbon neutral Wood Gas fuel rather than processed fossil fuel.

A few hand fulls of dry cellulose can boil a quart of water in less then 5 minutes.

Cellulose is bulkier by 4x that of liquid fuels but you might not have to carry any in some places.

Soot collects on the pot increasing the power absorbed.
Soot becomes hard and need not be cleaned to often.
You can place your pot in a plastic bag to contain the soot.
Works best if all you do is heat water in your pot and hydrate your food in freezer bags.

Learn more via links at
http://www.google.com/search?q=woodgas+stove

Would like to hear your comments so can update this HOWTO.

Mike Rushford ASM Troop931 Livermore Ca.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2009 01:19
 


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