by Calvin H. Gray
Summer of 2000
Opportunities are Still Available for Older
Most people know that Philmont
is booked for 2000 and 2001 as far as regular expeditions are concerned. But did you know
there will be several other opportunities for older youth to enjoy a Philmont adventure
during the summer of 2000?
In all cases, the individual or his/her
family must provide transportation to and from Philmont. With the exception of the National Junior Leader
Instructor Camp, individuals should contact Philmont at 505-376-2281 or write to Philmont,
Rt. 1, Box 35, Cimarron, NM 87714 for an application for any of these programs.
Here is a description of these "special" opportunities listed for 2000 in
NATIONAL JUNIOR LEADER INSTRUCTOR CAMP
MOUNTAIN MEN and MOUNTAIN WOMEN TREKS
OA Trail Crew for 2000
days/nights RAYADO TREK is for individuals at least age 15 by January 1, 2000 (or
have completed the 9th grade), and not older than 21. There are separate crews for males
and females. Rayado participants will experience more of Philmont’s backcountry than
during normal treks and will have program opportunities beyond those normally available.
Rayado is unparalleled for developing outdoor leadership, group dynamics, wilderness
problem-solving and advanced outdoor skills. A Rayado Trek encourages participants to
attain a high level of personal growth and self-reliance. Previous Philmont experience is
strongly recommended but not required. Arrival dates are June 18 or July 23. Cost is $450
TRAIL CREW carries out vital conservation projects and necessary trail work. This
program is limited to young men and women at least age 16 and not older than 21. There are
separate crews for males and females. Each trail crew spends 18 days at a backcountry work
project and then participates in a special 10-day backpacking expedition under the
leadership of their Trail Crew foreman. Arrival dates for this program are June 11 or July
16. There is no fee associated with this program.
The RANCH HAND program
is a program for Scouts and male Venturers at least age 16 and not older than 21, who have
knowledge of horsemanship and horse care and want to expand their skills and experience.
Each Ranch Hand crew will spend 8 days helping the horse department staff with hay
hauling, saddling, chores and other horse program tasks, and then will participate in
their own special horse Cavalcade trek for 8 days. The arrival date for this program is
July 8. There is no fee associated with this program.
JUNIOR LEADER INSTRUCTOR CAMP is the ultimate training experience for youth
leaders. Participants must be First Class rank or higher, 14 years of age by the opening
day of the course, but not yet 18, and have completed their council’s Junior Leader
Training course. Each session lasts 6 days/nights. The cost is $200. Arrival dates are
June 11, June 18, July 1, July 9, July 16 and July 23. Scouts must be nominated by their
council to take part in NJLIC. Contact your council's Training Chairman for additional
MOUNTAIN MEN and MOUNTAIN WOMEN treks for teenage relatives of people attending
the Philmont Training Center. Typically, Mountain Trek crews travel 20-30 miles into the
backcountry where participants stay at several camps that offer a variety of exciting
programs. The fee is $190.
In addition, the Order of the Arrow has sponsored a TRAIL CREW program at
Philmont for several years. I haven't seen any information on the OA Trail Crew
for 2000. My suggestion is that you monitor the National OA web page at
http://www.oa-bsa.org/programs/tcrew/ for information as it becomes available.
Each summer, Philmont offers summer employment to
several hundred people. J