UM Philmont Trek opportunity

NAUMS has been assigned two crews for a 12-day backpacking trek at Philmont in July, 2012. We are now looking for qualified leadership for these two crews.

*Crew Advisors must be mature and experienced Scouting/Venturing leaders.
*They must be active members of The United Methodist Church, familiar with the concept of Scouting as Ministry.
*They must be able to work well with the NAUMS Board of Directors and with other leaders to recruit, finance, and carry off this program.

NAUMS sponsored its first-ever United Methodist crew at Philmont this past summer. From that experience, we are putting together a program to standardize what we hope to achieve through this ministry. Key to what we expect from the crews we sponsor are the following.

1. NAUMS will provide a devotional and practical outline of doing a trek based in UM spiritual practice. Crews will be expected to use this material. The overall title of our program is "The Children of Jedediah Smith," Smith being the iconic mountain man (and Methodist) who led the opening up of the Rocky Mountains. He is our "patron saint" for this adventure.

2. While at Philmont, the two crews will follow complementary itineraries, which will allow them to meet during the trek (preferably on a layover) and do some important things together. If no clergy are with either crew, then we will try to hook up the two crews at this time with a UM chaplain for a service.

3. We expect our crews to be "co-ed capable." That means the local leadership for each crew must include both male and female leaders.

4. Youth (and adults) attending need to be affiliated in some way with our UM Scouting Ministry. That means that each participant must be either a) a United Methodist oneself, or b) registered in a UM-chartered Troop or Crew. Since this is a church-sponsored trek, the participants will worship together. At some point, holy communion will be offered. This should be made plain to the participants. We welcome non-UMs to participate in our Scouting Ministry, but this is not just another Philmont trek. This is an adventure in spiritual formation as well as one of the premier Scouting experiences.

5. We are attempting to pick Advisors from different parts of the country, in order to spread the opportunity around to do this trek. In addition, Philmont strongly suggests (and we concur) that we should endeavor to have full crews. A full crew is twelve (12) persons; no more than four can be adults, and if there are fewer than twelve in a crew, adults cannot outnumber youth. So we want Advisors who are open to taking eligible youth from other Troop and Crews with them, as space allows.

5. Philmont's schedule for payments is not flexible. Crew Advisors need to get right on the business of recruiting participants and raising money.

For more information, please contact Art Collins, President of NAUMS. You may also reply through this LiveJournal/Facebook posting with your e-mail address.
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2010 UM Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch


The National Association of United Methodist Scouters (NAUMS) is pleased to announce a new program of high adventure and spiritual growth for youth who are part of our United Methodist Scouting Ministry. Up to twenty boys and girls will have the opportunity to spend 12 days backpacking across Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. To prepare for this, we will gather them for three days of organizational and spiritual preparation at the John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado.Read more...Collapse )


Hey everyone, 
I went to Philmont this past summer on a regular trek, but I want to go back again for Rayado. Does anyone know where I can sign up for the Rayado trek?

You'll be happy to know . . .

The following article appeared in the most recent copy of High Country, the newsletter of the Philmont Staff Association --

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Sound familiar, Venturers of Crew 699? I believe this is the trail we stumbled up in a cold rainstorm between Baldy and the Valle Vidal in 2000, which we referred to as Pain in the Ass Ridge.

Upon finally reaching the top, cold and exhausted, I found all the other crew members huddled in sleeping bags and making coffee. It was upon this occasion that we discovered the joys (and magical healing properties) of double-strength hot Gatorade.

Ah, memories.

x-posted to aefenglommung


Hey! I'm Chris; I worked in NPS this past summer as a photographer, and I'm wondering if there's anyone in this community who was also a staffer this year and whom I know. Anybody? :)

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Hey everyone, this summer I got off the trail June 21st, but since I left Philmont I haven't heard anything about what happened with the wildfire. Anyone know any details?
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Another Fire Season

You might have heard that fires are once again theatening HOmE this year. South Country this time instead of North Country. Some camps have been evacuated and incoming crews are being asked to change their iteneraries from South to North and Central. No Crews or staff at all South of Uracca. Carson Meadows, Zastrow and Abreu have been closed and they are thinking about closing Apache and Fish.

A special issue of the PhilNews detailing the action is here:


and here:


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Good evening

I just joined the community. I worked at Philmont in 84 at Apache Springs. In 85 at the Trading Post and in 94 as the Asst. Manager of NPS. I was the editor of the Phil News that summer. I took a Mountain Man trek in 80. A Council Expedition in 81 and I was on Trail Crew in 82. In the intervening years I moved to Cimarron in 85 where I married a local who used to work behind the counter at the Art Gallery during the summer and at the Cree Mee in the winter. I've been to PTC for training 3 times in 90, 91 and 92. I moved back to Cimarron in 94 to work the summer and bartend at the James. I go out to Cimarron at least once a year just to smell the sage and juniper, meditate down by the Cimarron river and spend time with my old friend Buddy Morse at the Old Mill Museum or my cousin, Tracy at Blue Moon ecclectics. I was out last summer for the week long Philmont Staff Association reunion and I'll be heading out in August for the weekend PSA Reunion.

I swear I think about that place at least once a day and count the months until I can go back again. This summer I've also adopted Apache Springs and I'll be sending them care packages throughout the summer. Can you tell I'll do anything to remain a part of Philmont? I'm wondering if I know any of you. Hope to get to know some of you at least.




OK, this doesn't look like it's been active for a while, but I just stumbled across it today, and I'm all nostalgic now. I think each time you go to Philmont "I Don't Mind" means even more to you, so after 5 years on staff (PC Ponil '00, 01'; Logistics, PC Cypher's, PC French '02- ah, the fire year. hope and pray that that doesn't happen again this year since it's so dry out there and there's already been 1 fire; CD Rich Cabins '03; and CD Miner's Park '04) I'm irrevocably addicted and in love. If you're on here then you know how I feel, and there's instant solidarity in knowing that. :)
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