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Two Philmont Crews
Of the 18 scouts in our troop that signed the 'Interested in Going to Philmont' sheet in October, 16 have committed a $100 deposit to hold their spot. And, 2 additional scouts have signed up as well. I'm pleasantly surprised that so many are still in the game.

So, we are looking at having two crews of 9 scouts and 2 or 3 adults in June of 2008. We have 5 adults that have already said they want to go and it's just a matter of getting time off now.

Our troop decided to charge a $100 non-refundable deposit even though Philmont only requires $50. This is because a scout dropping out will increase the average cost per scout and the extra $50 will help a bit.

Now, our treasurer will be sending in a big check to Philmont and we're off and running! I am SO excited to have our first trek crew meeting and watch as the scouts figure out the two crews, identify crew leaders, and start on the long road of preparation just to get to Philmont. It's a long road, but an awful enjoyable one, I think.

The scouts will do just about all the planning, from choosing trek routes and program to making gear lists and deciding a training schedule. They will also decide if completion of certain merit badges, such as Hiking, Personal Fitness, and Backpacking will be required and whether crews will drive or fly to New Mexico.

If you're going to Philmont for your first time and have questions, just ask and I'd be happy to give you my two cents - for free. :-)

Scout On
Posted: 23:34 01-23-2007 118
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