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Losing Philmont Ticket
Our lottery submission for a 2011 Philmont trek wasn't a winner. :-( Got a rejection email yesterday, saying we're on the waitlist, so it's a gloomy day. We had two crews worth of people ready to go. I hope some of you had better luck - let me know.

Now, our options are:

I sure hope the opening of The Summit in WV has a significant effect on availability of treks in the coming years.

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Posted: 15:41 12-11-2009 470
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 Dec 11, 2009 - Walter Underwood
We lost the Philmont lottery for four years straight and only got in on the waiting list this year. There are plenty of places beyond Philmont.

I'd hate for Philmont to be a Scout's only high adventure experience.
Dec 11, 2009 - Scoutmaster Paul
Wow, Walter! We were on a waiting list one year and everyone was bummed. That doesn't sound so bad now. :-)

But, you're certainly correct about "other places" and it would be a shame for a troop to limit itself to just BSA high adventure bases. The treks the scouts have planned themselves to other wild places have been great experiences, requiring more planning and leadership.
Dec 11, 2009 - Mike
How about a coastal adventure? Kayak the waters that Blackbeard called home, North Carolina's Outer Banks. Visit Pamlico Sea Base @
This is a different kind of adventure that I'm sure the guys would enjoy.
Dec 12, 2009 - Jay
We are also on the waiting list. Hopefully a spot will open up for us, but if not we'll plan something else for '11 and try again for '12.
Dec 16, 2009 - SM Andy
Same for us - several years in a row of wait-list. We took a Council contingent crew so that guys wouldn't age out and miss out. On the other hand, I can personally recommend Northern Tier. You can also look into the high-adventure base at Camp Sheppard in Washington - want to climb Mt. Rainier? Or do massive mountain biking? Check 'em out!
Dec 17, 2009 - chris
We didn't get a spot either. Will wait for the waiting list number and might look into the council contingent crew or try again in 12.
Jan 11, 2010 - Tom Gillard
We planned and took a trip of 7 days to Glacier Nat'l park in MT. What a wonderful place. You see things that most never see because they never leave the car.

Good luck,

SM T-402
Tullahoma, TN
Jan 23, 2010 - D & D
I've heard about a National Waiting List for scouts that want to join other Philmont Treks - anyone heard of this??
Jan 25, 2010 - D & D
Looks like 2010 Treks are available as of

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