Troop 265 has historically sent a crew to Philmont High Adventure base in the mountains of New Mexico every 3 years. We last went in the summer of 2015. I know the summer of 2018
seems like a very long way away, but we are actually already behind in reserving a spot.
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national High Adventure Base. It covers 137,000 acres – about 214 square miles – of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico.
Philmont Scout Ranch operates 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps. Philmont has high mountains with rough terrain and elevations that range from 6,500 to 12,441 feet. It is the largest youth camp in the world.
It would be impossible for me to over hype this adventure. Every Scout I know who has gone on an adventure in Philmont sees it as the pinnacle of their Scouting career. This is 11 days (2 weeks including travel) of backpacking, camping and activities in mountain wilderness. It tests everything the boys have learned in Scouting. This is not a summer camp. There will be no merit badge classes.
In order to be eligible to attend, you must be at least 14 years old by June of 2018 or completed the 8th grade. This means everyone who is currently in 7th grade or older can go! Additionally, you must be a Star Rank.
The cost is pricey ($940 + travel and gear), but considering it is for a 2 week trip, it is pretty reasonable compared with other trips they could take. (Far less than a 1 week trip to Disney with the SMS Band)
I am currently looking to pull together a list of those interested. The first payment ($100) is due in late January 2017 so you will need to be able to commit pretty soon.
Adults, we will need you to go as well! You will never have a better chance to bond with your teenage son with no distractions of phones, computers or TV. Ask any adult who has attended and they will tell you it is one of the best uses for 2 weeks of vacation you will ever have.
Saturday go to Cedar Cove http://www.saveoursiberians.org See the Tigers and Wolves chow down on massive hunks of meat. Listening to the crunch of the bones as they tear their food apart is really quite an experience. If you’ve never been there before it is really a cool place.
Saturday night go to Powell Observatory for some astronomy and star gazing. According to their website Powell has one of the largest telescope open to the public in the midwest. www.askc.org
We will be meeting at the Holy Spirit parking lot at 6PM on Friday, September 23rd, and departing promptly at 6:15. We will return around 9:30AM on Sunday morning. We are camping at Lake Jocomo in the Primitive Youth Campground, campsites #7&8 (see attached map). Some of the many highlights will include:
• Join us in honoring the boys with our Fall Court of Honor. Parents are invited to celebrate their boys achievement, and for tasty warm camp cobbler after the ceremony. (map here) Ceremony and begins at 6:45PM
• Camping skill demonstrations. We are expecting several new Webelos to visit our campout and each patrol will be showing off their expertise to these future Boy Scouts that will hopefully be joining our troop
• FREE fishing for kids bring your rod and reel and tackle box
• Saturday night “Golden Ladle” Battle Royale. Each patrol will be challenged to create the best Saturday night meal they can “MacGyver”. Identical baskets of food. Limited cooking skills. Arguing. And possibly some duct tape. Entries will be judged on creativity, taste, presentation, and use of secret ingredient. The winning patrol receives full bragging rights and the coveted “Golden Ladle” trophy.
• The adults will prepare Saturday night dinner for the visiting Webelos and their parents, in addition to their own food
• Seeing the tribe of Mic-O-Say in all their regalia (Tribe members will need to prepare accordingly and bring their tribal attire)
Please ask your son if his patrol has coordinated all of their other meals, and have a plan for transporting them. This planning should take place primarily at the troop meetings on Sept 20th.
As the weather may be chilly, please pack warm and dry. And possibly a third set of clothes, it is at a lake after all.
The cost for the campout is $10. However, the boys and adults attending will be responsible for their portion of the food costs for their patrol.
We expect to have most all boys present at the campout so we will need a large contingent of parent help, especially with the Webelos visiting from Saturday after lunch to Sunday morning. Please email me if you and/or your son will be attending and what patrol he belongs to. The more the merrier.
This morning we got up in the cold and put on our sunscreen and wetsuits. After breakfast we got on the bus to go to the river. There were a couple of rough rapids but no one in our crew went overboard. Along the way there were cool rocks named Sleeping Joe and Peeing Bear! When we got out we were freezing cold because of the water. Finally we ate dinner when we got back to camp to get our packs ready to hike a 14,000 mountain.