Hello everyone I wanted to share with you my brothers story from his Philmont Scout Ranch trip in 2012. If you are not familiar with Philmont Scout Ranch its located in New Mexico and allows young men in Boy Scouts to partake in a 12 day High Adventure backpacking adventure. You can learn more about Philmont over at their website which can be found here.
A little about my brother. Austin is a sophomore in high school that enjoy video games, air soft guns, model trains, and the outdoors. He is also very close to earning his Eagle Scout award.
On to the story.
Day 1, Basecamp: We arrived at Philmont Scout Ranch and everyone is bewildered by the Tooth Of Time. You can see it for miles before you actually get to camp. We took 2 cars, Rob Walling is pulling the trailer and Kyle Adams is the second driver. I rode with Rob, Michael, Ron Stallborries, Ginette Kurtz and her son, Seth. The other car was Kyle, Robert and Jakob (Kyle’s sons) and then Dalton.
The first thing we have to do is go to the welcome center and wait for our ranger. He finally shows up and he introduces himself as Spencer Washichek. He goes over the basic rules and guidelines and then takes us over to logistics. We have to wait for a good hour while our crew leader, Ron, and his leader adviser, Rob, were talking with the the staff about paperwork and all that fun stuff.
They get back and it’s already 12:15ish so we go to lunch, which is normal camp food, edible but kind of flavorless. During lunch, Spencer tells us about the 5 most important rules at Philmont: 1: Don’t die. 2: Always look good. 3: If you do die, look good doing it. 4: Absolutely no naked at Philmont. 5: No flirting with rangers or other staff members. He also told us there is a 6th rule but it’s only for staffies. 6: If you break rule 5, no regrets. Thus ending lunch. Spencer then takes us to get food and troop gear, which we have to inspect and then distribute between us.
We then head back to our tents for the evening, and we do a shake down to make sure we have everything we need and take out anything we don’t. It is also about this time that we learn a little something about one of our members, Dalton. Its been 4 hours and everyone is already sick and tired of him one-upping people and being a know-it-all. He thought that because he was at Philmont the year before that he was an expert on everything.
We all relax and talk for an hour then Robert introduces Michael and me to a game called 3Hit Run. It’s where you have to pass the hacky sac to 2 people and touch it 3 times before you can catch it and throw it to get people out. It was surprisingly fun! After a while of that, its time for dinner which is another tasteless meal but not near as bad as it could be. Spencer then leaves us for the night and Kyle, Michael, Robert, Jakob, and I go to church.
The priest asked us to stand up and shout when our state was called. He was naming off states and then got to Missouri and everyone in our crew stood up and shouted. He finally said Iowa and apparently I was the only one from Iowa there at the time so I stood up and yelled “YEA IOWA!!!!!!” Everyone thought it was hilarious that I was the only Iowagian there. The rest of the sermon was really good and then he took an olive branch and covered us in Holy water. Next, we had to go to opening campfire. Honestly, it was kinda boring all they went over was the history and all I wanted to do was sleep. It finally ended and sleep was just what we did!