January 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
February 2008 Theme
Chinese New Year
Scholar & Engineer
What is Philmont?
Bill Smith, the Roundtable Guy
Boy is this timely!!!
Bill and I decided in early fall to run this article in this issue.
The current issue of Scouting Magazine has a big article on Philmont Training
Center, too. Don't miss it!
Be sure to check out the Cub Scout Extravaganza.! CD
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's premier
high-adventure base. It covers more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico
wilderness from the Great Plains up into the beautiful Sangre de Cristo
Philmont is High Adventure – Much of
Philmont is used for backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades and other high
adventure challenges for Scouts and Venturers.
Philmont is History – Philmont straddles
the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail. See the world's only known
T - Rex track and view centuries old Anasazi rock art. There are
archeological sites and museums on site. The nearby town of Cimarron boasts
several historical buildings from the old “wild” west.
Philmont is a Working Ranch – Horses,
cattle and bison are all raised at Philmont. There are real cowboys, wranglers
and ranch hands working there.
Philmont is Training - Adults have
opportunities of their own at the Philmont Training Center. World-class courses
and seminars cover all aspects of Scouting—all amid Philmont's dramatic scenery. If you want the best of Scout leadership training, Philmont is
for you and your family!
Philmont Training Center
interest to Cub Scout leaders, the
National Volunteer Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America provides a
unique environment for Scouting Conferences each summer and fall. In addition to
hosting these Conferences, the Training Center also provides the opportunity for
families to join their Scouters and enjoy a wide range of Family Programs-making
the Philmont Training Center experience one of a kind.
Attendance is limited to Scouters who have
been recommended and approved by their local council. Most Cub Scouters who
attend training conferences get invitations just by asking their DE. Scouters
are encouraged to bring immediate family members with them.
Over 96 separate weeklong conferences are
scheduled. Conferences will cover almost every aspect of Scouting-from Cub
Scouting and Boy Scouting to Council and District Operations, from Venturing and
Professional Development to Scoutreach and Finance.
are conducted by divisions and committees of the National Council and are led by
a faculty of outstanding volunteer and professional Scouters. Each Conference is
designed to discuss specific Scouting issues, share information from all over
the B.S.A., and train using the "best methods" that will enhance the Scouting
program for youth and adults.
Why Should You Go?
Because Philmont training has consistently been the most
popular and most effective training for Cub Scouting in the last half century.
The best improvements in packs, districts and council Cub Scouting I have seen
has come from PTC trained people. Philmont Training is family oriented, program
directed and fun. What more could you ask for?
Here are some of
the 2008 conferences that are popular with Cub Scout leaders.
CUB SCOUT LEADER EXTRAVAGANZA
June 22-28, Aug. 10-16
RECIPE FOR CUB SCOUT SUCCESS:
Begin with one of the most
picturesque Boy Scouts of America properties; mix a big helping of family fun;
blend in some of the most dynamic instructors from across the nation; fold in a
rich variety of topics, skills, interactive and participatory activities for
every volunteer who touches the life of a Cub Scout through the den, pack
district and council. No matter what your registered Cub Scout position is,
you’ll be cooking.
(all mixed according to the Secret Cub Scout Family Formula):
Creating power-packed and fun meetings –
for dens, packs, districts and councils
Open the door and get out (side)
Its an electronic world – how’s your
Scouting tech savvy?
Where do I find…?
Having fun with values and character
The Webelos connection and interaction
with Boy Scouts
Finding ways for Cub Scouts and
demonstrate their Duty to God
Camping – YIKES!
New and revised ideas for recruitment and
Guest experts on selected subjects
Dynamic Derby Days Daze
Getting everyone involved including those
Managing and maneuvering marketing
A special group seminar session based on
your role in Cub Scouts
Week 9 – July 27 – August 2
Leadership Support Service /
Relationships / NAYLE
Scouting in the Catholic
Scouting: A Home School
Scouting in the Lutheran
Scouting in the Church of
United Methodist Scouters’
Scouting serves the Jewish
For a full schedule of 2008 Conferences, go to:
time is important, ample opportunity for a Scouter to enjoy the majesty of
Philmont with his or her family is part of the schedule of most Conferences.
There is also plenty of time to meet and socialize with other Scouters from all
parts of the country. Making life-long friendships is a regular occurrence at
One of the great joys of attending a
Philmont Conference is that your whole family can share in the experience.
You can think of it as a Scouting Family vacation. The schedule is relaxed
and the pace is comfortable.
Family Program Groupss
months to 2 year olds)
- A fully equipped nursery is available for the
youngest family members.
(3-5 year olds) - The Small Fry
Center is located next to the Handicraft Lodge. Philmont staff provides
activities, games, pony rides, and supervised play during each program session.
Cowpokes (6-7 year olds) - These
individual groups participate in nature hikes, pony rides, games, songs and
skits, crafts, museum tours, and an all day hike.
Deputies (8-9 year olds) - Ropers
and Deputies individual programs include hiking, Villa and Museum tours, archery
and air rifles, pony rides, games, crafts and an all day hike.
(10 year old boys) - Sidewinders
enjoy hiking, sports, crafts, archery and air rifles, Villa and Museum tours,
and a Sidewinder/Parent overnighter.
(11-13 year old girls) - Mustangs
have fun enjoying horse rides, archery and air rifles, hiking, handicraft
projects, nature activities, outdoor cooking, games, Villa and Museum tours, and
an overnight camping trip in Philmont's backcountry.
Trailblazers (11-13 year old boys)
- This group participates in day hikes, nature activities and games, horse
rides, archery and air rifles, handicrafts, and an overnight camping trip in
(14-21 year olds) - The Broncos
program is designed to accommodate those teenagers who choose not to participate
in the mountain trek program. Broncos will stay at PTC with their families, but
enjoy a week of activities built around participation in Philmont's C.O.P.E.
course, day hikes, and horse rides.
Trek (14-20 year olds) - Mountain
Men and Mountain Women treks are backpacking expeditions that provide the
opportunity to experience the rugged challenges of Philmont's mountains.
Mountain Trek crews travel approximately 20-30 miles in Philmont's backcountry.
I have been told that teen-age girls
are the most enthusiastic participants at Philmont. Bill
I must concur, my daughter went as
a participant three times as a teenager - 2 Mountain Treks and an 11 day trek,
and then worked four years on staff. CD
(spouses and other adults not attending Conference)
- Silverados find that a wide-range of exciting activities are available
throughout the week. Activities include museum visits, day hikes, a
pottery-making demonstration, Villa tours, COPE, horse rides, and trips to
nearby resort towns.
Facilities: Tent cities accommodate Training Center
participants and their families. Tents are large, two person wall tents with
wooden or concrete floors, electric lights, an electrical outlet, wardrobe, and
two twin sized beds with mattresses. Each tent city has restrooms and hot
showers. Cots and cribs are available for use during the week.
Meals are served in the cafeterias at the
Center. Family member who are in camp eat together. Camp meals are provided for
those on the trail or in the back country.
Conferences are conducted in fully equipped
conference rooms or at various locations in Philmont's backcountry. Family
Program facilities include the Small Fry Center, the Handicraft building, and
our Pony Ring. However, most of the time family members will be enjoying the
best facility of all-Philmont's 137,493 acres of "Scouting Paradise."
Spouses and children over 20
Children ages 6-20
Children ages 3-5
Children 2 and under
I have attended four
different Conferences at Philmont. At each one, I learned a lot, had a great
time, met wonderful people and had my Scouting spirit lifted to new heights.
Every family member
who was with me still talks about their experiences in glowing terms. I am
continually impressed with the quality of the staff members who run the family
programs. They are special people.
Memories from Scouter who were there:
Barb & Stan Pope
Star Scout Cody Welch – his experience
Parking, Trading Post, Others
PTC Program for little guys and gals
Photos by Joan -2007
Troop 227 2006 Photo Gallery
Also, be sure to visit Bill’s website
to finds more ideas on
everything Cub Scouting.
Comments for Bill
just click right here!
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.