Really Cool Things to do and see at Philmont
Deciding which Philmont trek to take is often an adventure in itself. For most Scouts, Philmont is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; Foreknowledge of where to find the unusual, interesting and scenic places helps crewmembers get the most out of their adventure.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 01:25
Our Venturing Crew, 1716, is considering which trek to take in 2009. It goes without saying that trek difficulty (challenging, rugged, strenuous, or super strenuous) and activities are part of our trek selection process.
Before continuing, it’s worth repeating, there are no bad treks at Philmont!
That said, Philmont has much more to offer. Below are some special places to go and things to do. You won’t find most of these in the Philmont Trek Itinerary Guide. Where to enjoy a great sunrise, hike the toughest trail, which peaks can be bushwhacked, the "postcard photo", or what campsites have those comfortable rock chairs.
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Philmont Cooking the Boiling Bag Way !
Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2009 01:59
I've watched the discussion about Philmont cooking and would be amazed if you did it any other way than the attached "Crew 506" method. Dave Parmly had this on the Philmont discussion forum in Dec. of '04. We did it, with some minor changes, in June '05 and have some additional changes done by subsequent units from the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC). Our ranger said "I won't waste your time or mine showing you the Philmont one pot method" since he could see we had perfected the system and it was easy for us. The only dishes we ever washed were our personal ones - brain dead easy. We ate everything and never put anything into the swap boxes, kids loved green beans with added onion flakes and garlic powder. We never really had to "gut sump", we ate everything received as food - remember this cooking system is how the food companies designed their products to be used.
2008 Philmont Treks Comparison Chart now available
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 01:33
Al Thompson has prepared a spreadsheet that contains information on, and compares all of the itineraries Philmont offered in 2008. These files are hosted on the Patriot's Path website http://www.watchu.org.
Get the .pdf version of the spreadsheet by clicking here.
Get the spreadsheet as an MS Excel spreadsheet by clicking here.
Shakedowns and Crew Preparation for Philmont – Part 5 – Getting the “Work” Done
As I’ve stated previously, there is usually about three hours of non-hiking “work” to be done daily at Philmont. This work includes setting up camp, tearing down camp, cooking dinner, and KP. As I’ve also stated previously, it is up to the crew to decide if they want to do this “work” in three hours or in four, five, six, or more hours.
Last Updated on Saturday, 24 January 2009 16:51
I covered camp setup and tear down, and the associated tasks involved in each of these processes in Part 4 of this series, and will not duplicate those processes or tasks here.
We train our crews on the same material I have included in these articles. This is not “advisor only” material. We expect our Crew Leaders to know this information with their eyes closes. We should only have to ask “What needs to be done now?” and the Crew Leader should be able to go from there – if he or she hasn’t already.
Shakedowns and Crew Preparation for Philmont – Part 4 – Camp Setup and Tear Down
To me, the best crews at Philmont are the crews that get their “work” done quickly and efficiently. These are the crews that are really good teams. They see the tasks that need to be done, they work together to complete the tasks, and then they have all the time in the world for the real fun of Philmont. (Okay, to me and to some others, some of the fun is in these tasks, but we are very few and far between.) You will see very little bickering or in-fighting in these crews.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2009 16:30
On the other hand, a lazy (yes, I used the word) or ill-prepared crew will put off getting their “work” done until the fighting begins. I’ve seen it on many occasions, and it is not pretty. These groups may enjoy Philmont, but they are missing out on the best Philmont has to offer because they are spending all of their waking time in camp trying to get things done.
I’m going to detail the camp setup and tear down processes we train to in order to get our tasks done quickly and efficiently. Your processes may differ. There is no right or wrong way to get things done, although your Ranger may not like your processes and ask you to change once you are at the ranch. So far, our Rangers have only differed in the order of tasks they would have us do first, second, etc. The list of tasks is the same.