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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
7:33 pm
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.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
4:19 pm
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 )
Monday, August 25th, 2008
3:07 pm
Jamboree 2010 Community
I have created the following community for the upcoming National Scout Jamboree. Feel free to join up and spread the word!


Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
8:11 pm
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?
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
1:35 pm
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 --

trailway to heaven
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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
Saturday, August 12th, 2006
8:42 pm
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? :)
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
10:14 pm
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?
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
11:17 am
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:


Friday, June 9th, 2006
12:18 am
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.


Thursday, March 9th, 2006
11:06 am
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. :)

Current Mood: nostalgic
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
1:39 am
Dear Asshats,

You've got no gorram soul. None. If you've been out there, seen the stars, watched the mini-bears scurry around, breathed in that sweet, lucid air, and you still want to go merrily drilling in that place, then I say you have no soul.

Leave it alone, for the love of nature and creation and peace and beauty and all other holy things.

No love at all,
Philstaff 2004

Sign the Petition

(x-posted to my personal journal)
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
3:12 am
Happiest days of my life
were spent on those mountains.

Last summer (04), I got paid to hike and take pictures. And eat the fantastic cooking of the boys at Apache and Publano. Anybody ever says bachelors can't cook is a dumbass. :)

Sleep now. Love always.


Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
1:32 pm
Philmont Here's to Thee...

Just completed my first ever trek at Philmont. It was a wonderful time, especially the view from baldy. We did have two run in's with bears, one where the bear just walked next to the trail and then after a Mule Dear. The other one was at Upper Dean Cow, I just got off the Pilot-to-bombadier (Open Air Latrine) and our Crew Leader was getting on. As I walked down the Hill to our campsite our Trek Advisor yell that there was a bear about 10 yards to my right. I got away easily, however, my trek leader was still on the Latrine. the bear walked up to him, then turned away... Our leader then stood up and took a picture while wipping... very funny...

The Rest of the trip went off without any more bear sitings... how sad...


Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
7:19 pm
Well its time
It's time, the time I've been waiting for for about 3 years


I'm leaving bright and early tomorrow at 6:00 AM

I won't be back until July 1st.

I really took everyones suggestions to heart and I am fully prepared and ready.

A little simple prayer to keep me safe wouldn't go amiss either.

Until July 1st

YIS Phillip LeBlanc
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
8:40 pm
Philmont Virtual Tour
Philmont Virtual Tour

This is a project which began on the Philmont Fans group on MSN (www.philmont.tk) just over a year ago. The idea was that while there are Philmont sites out there, none of them have an easy to use interface. We wanted to design a page which would allow someone who had never been to Philmont or someone who had not been to Philmont in over 50 years to "walk" around the camp.

I am by no means a web guru, but I set up a quick example and we decided to run with it. Through a series of interactive links on a Philmont map, you can "walk" throughout the camp and see pictures and information from each camp (and maybe eventually each peak).


Well, we had about 30 camps completed when my senior year kicked in. I really had no free time during the year, but now that the Philmont Season is starting again and I once again have some free time, I would like to begin work on the project again.

Here is what I need. If you are lucky enough to be at Philmont sometime this summer, take out a piece of paper (or jot it on your map) at each camp you stop at (or pass through). On this paper right down a few things. Then take a picture or 2 (or more). When you get back to civilization, e-mail me the information and pictures to ben.salinas@gmail.com I will try to have the information posted within a week. Before you go to too much trouble, check which camps are already completed.

Here is the information I need:

Name of Camp
Description of Camp
Relative Location of Camp
Whether it is a staff or trail camp
Number of Campsites
Location and quality of water
Activity at or near the camp
Words of Wisdom for the camp
Any Pictures

Take a look at a few of the examples I have completed.

Also, tell your friends and fellow staff members about it.

So how about it.

Let's make it happen.

-Ben Salinas

PS If anyone wants to be a webmaster with me, I would love the help.
Friday, May 13th, 2005
5:06 pm
New Member
It's very simple. When you come across a Live Journal community and the description is the lyrics to I Don't Mind, you've found the perfect place.

I stumbled across this place and joined in a heart beat. In two weeks I head out for my 3rd summer on staff (PTC, Group Leader 1). That, accompanied with 9 summers as a participant, 5 years living on the ranch and 1 mountain trek, certifies me as a Phanatic.

Glad to join!
Sunday, May 8th, 2005
3:16 pm
Philmont over the summer
Hey everyone,

My name is Phillip and I'm a life scout part of Troop 888 in Baton Rouge, LA. My crew is 618-B
Our troop is heading toward the Philmont scout reservation this summer from June 15-July 1
I've gone on a couple of shakedown trips already and have my backpack/sleeping bag
Our crew is going to be going over Mount Baldy and I hope to have a lot of fun

If anyone has any comments/suggestions please do help me out ;)
Monday, March 7th, 2005
10:20 am
Scouting the Web
The National Association of United Methodist Scouters is looking for a new Webmaster. This is a volunteer (unpaid) position. Our current and founding webmaster is looking to step down. The site is located at www.umcscouting.org

Duties include site maintenance, regular updates, posting new stuff referred from NAUMS (and also, The Office of CYSA/Scouting and GCUMM) in a timely fashion. Webmaster must be web-literate, with a good eye for design and some knowledge of HTML. Webmaster should be careful in posting material that might be copyrighted. Webmaster must be a dependable person with the right knowledge base (or able to acquire it) and good references (preferably with previous involvement in UM scouting). Webmaster must be a person of good character as well, able to achieve and sustain membership in any of the organizations with which we work.

Knowledge base includes The United Methodist Church (UMC) and its use of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies (BSA, GSUSA, 4-H, Camp Fire) in ministry to children and youth; The National Association of United Methodist Scouters (NAUMS) and its relation to The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) and GCUMM's Office of CYSA/Scouting. Personal participation in UMC, one of the 4 CYSAs, and NAUMS major pluses.

If interested, reply to awcollins@suscom.net (not through the e-mail link on the site!), giving details of your interest and background.

This announcement has been x-posted to venturing, aefenglommung, and methodism.
Sunday, February 27th, 2005
10:14 pm
upcoming 3rd year Ranger
Hello. Just got a new livejournal account and found this community so I joined. I first came to Philmont in 2000 on a council contingent trek. I returned in '03 as a ranger, then again in '04 as a ranger and rayado ranger, and I recieved my contract for next summer to be a 3rd year ranger. I think what really drew me to going to philmont and becoming a ranger was hearing stories from my father who was a ranger in 1966. So I guess you could say backpacking and more importantly Philmont, is in my blood. I absolutely love the place. In the two short summers I have spent working there I have made many friends who I would gladly give my life for. There are absolutely no words capable of describing the impact that place can have on your life. Just being there is absolutely sublime.

I would say that it is kinda hard to pick a favorite staff camp, though I would have to say perhaps fish camp. Although pueblano and black mountain camp are close behind. My favorite place at philmont has got to be Wilson Mesa (ok, not technically on philmont property, but you get the picture).

So anyway, looking forward to hearing from all you other philmont people.

Friday, February 4th, 2005
10:52 pm
Just joined _philmont_ to keep in touch with other Philfolk. I attended PTC in 1992, 1994, 1996 (Faculty), and 2004. I was Crew Advisor for treks in 1997, 1998, and 2000. One of these days, I'm hoping to serve as a Chaplain out yonder.

This last year, two of us took our day off from PTC to try to climb Wheeler Peak, but it got the better of us. We were too slow hiking and the weather was too fast coming in. So that remains an unfulfilled ambition.

I am member of PSA, as is my daughter, stryck (Beaubien '99). She and I are leading a group of Venturers to the UK this summer to do a leisurely Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon). I am determined not to run out of time on THESE peaks -- and since the sun comes up in Scotland at about 3:30 a.m. at Midsummer, we should have plenty of time.

Waes hael!
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