Troop 1154/Crew 1154
Philmont 2015
Dave Mihelcic
Advisor
Venturing Crew 1154
What is Philmont?
• One of the four National High Adventure Bases
operated by the Boy Scouts of America
• More than 215 sq...
The Philmont Experience
• Backcountry camps offer various
unique program opportunities
• A chance to meet other Scouts
fro...
VALLE VIDAL

•
NORTH

CENTRAL

•
SOUTH

The Ranch is
divided into four
sections: South,
Central, North and
Valle Vidal
Eac...
Troop/Crew 1154
Philmont 2015 Basics
• Contingent of up to 4 crews of 12 youth/adults
• BSA Troop 1154 & Venturing Crew 11...
Projected Expenses
Philmont fees
Crew shirt
Crew supplies
Additional night at Philmont
Airfare & bus transportation
Total ...
Expectations
• Expedition contract
– Sign and return with $100 deposit
• Participation
– Shakedowns
• Anticipate 5-7 start...
Objectives of Shakedowns
• Build endurance, stamina, confidence
• “Outdoor Classrooms”
• Learning the skills needed to “su...
Physical Fitness
•
•
•
•
•

MEDICAL EVALUATION
Full medical evaluation within the last 12 months by Doctor
Must be complet...
Philmont Weight Limits
Height

Recommended Weight

Max. Limit

5’5”

114-162

195

5’8”

125-178

214

6’0”

140-199

239
...
Your Personal Gear: Boots
MOST IMPORTANT PERSONAL ITEM
• Basic criteria
– Above ankle support
– Leather or synthetic (~$12...
Your Personal Gear: Backpack
•
•
•
•

Carries personal gear, crew gear, food, water
Next most important item after boots
T...
Your Personal Gear: Sleeping
• Sleeping bag
– Less than 4 lbs, min 20 degrees
– Type/shape:
• Mummy
• Rectangular
• Wide-m...
Your Personal Gear: Etc...
• Trail clothes
– 2 pair synthetic/wicking T-Shirts and underwear (DuoFold, Coolmax) (~$10-20
e...
Crew Gear
• Provided by Troop & Crew
– Stoves and fuel
– First Aid Kit
– Compass
– Repair kit
– Etc...
• Provided by Philm...
Summary
•
•
•
•
•
•

Lots to do, plenty of time if we start now
Commitment is essential
Preparation needed for success
Max...
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  1. 1. Troop 1154/Crew 1154 Philmont 2015 Dave Mihelcic Advisor Venturing Crew 1154
  2. 2. What is Philmont? • One of the four National High Adventure Bases operated by the Boy Scouts of America • More than 215 square miles (137,600 Acres) of Northern New Mexico wilderness donated to the BSA by Waite Phillips • Over 20,000 Venturers, Scouts, and Scouters from all over the world attend Philmont each summer
  3. 3. The Philmont Experience • Backcountry camps offer various unique program opportunities • A chance to meet other Scouts from around the country – and the world • Personal development • 50-Miler award • Potential for satisfying Venturing Outdoor/Ranger Award requirements
  4. 4. VALLE VIDAL • NORTH CENTRAL • SOUTH The Ranch is divided into four sections: South, Central, North and Valle Vidal Each dot on this map represents a staffed camp where programs are offered
  5. 5. Troop/Crew 1154 Philmont 2015 Basics • Contingent of up to 4 crews of 12 youth/adults • BSA Troop 1154 & Venturing Crew 1154 will participate • Each crew requires minimum of 2 adult advisors • Co-ed or all female crews require at least 1 female advisor • Itinerary • June 26, 2015: Depart – Note: Possibility of departing one day earlier on 25 June to allow for touring and altitude acclimation • • • • • June 26: Arrive Philmont June 27 Trip prep at Basecamp June 28-July 8: Philmont trek (on the trail) July 8: Return to Basecamp, clean up, closing campfire July 9: Return home 5
  6. 6. Projected Expenses Philmont fees Crew shirt Crew supplies Additional night at Philmont Airfare & bus transportation Total (biggest variable is transportation) $855 $25 $25 $25 $570 to $770 $1500 to $1700 • Payments • $100 due 2/15/14 • $500 due 9/5/14 • $500 due 1/5/15 • Balance due 3/5/15 We must make a non-refundable commitment to 6 Philmont in January 2008!
  7. 7. Expectations • Expedition contract – Sign and return with $100 deposit • Participation – Shakedowns • Anticipate 5-7 starting this spring • Advisor must approve absence in advance • Must participate in at least 75% – Expedition meetings (when called) – Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification (two per crew) • Payments – In full and on schedule • Conditioning – Exercise: at least 3 times per week – Diet: determined by need • Medical Examination – As required by Philmont (no later than 31 March 2015) 7 – Follow your doctor’s advice
  8. 8. Objectives of Shakedowns • Build endurance, stamina, confidence • “Outdoor Classrooms” • Learning the skills needed to “survive” – – – – Backpacking Primitive Camping and camp cooking skills First Aid Land Navigation and Compass Skills • • • • Learning the skills needed to have a great time Testing gear: personal and Crew Teamwork: Turning individuals into a Crew Gives the Crews an opportunity to develop & evaluate their own teamwork and leadership • Gives Advisor an opportunity to judge Crew readiness 8
  9. 9. Physical Fitness • • • • • MEDICAL EVALUATION Full medical evaluation within the last 12 months by Doctor Must be completed no later than 31 March 2015 Must use Philmont health & medical record form Must have Tetanus or Booster within the last 10 years Medical re-check upon arrival – – – – • • Records (chronic illness, medications) Blood pressure Weight Please note any medical or allergic conditions CONDITIONING Cannot rely only on Shakedowns! Aerobic Exercise: Endurance and cardiovascular exercise – Hiking, running, biking, swimming – At least 3 times per week • Strength Exercise: Weight training focusing on – Thighs – Calves – Upper body • Hiking with Backpack 9
  10. 10. Philmont Weight Limits Height Recommended Weight Max. Limit 5’5” 114-162 195 5’8” 125-178 214 6’0” 140-199 239 6’3” 152-216 260 10
  11. 11. Your Personal Gear: Boots MOST IMPORTANT PERSONAL ITEM • Basic criteria – Above ankle support – Leather or synthetic (~$125 – $250) – Buy boots that fit • • • • • Try-on with socks likely to be worn on trail Buy from reputable dealer Buy late in day when feet are slightly swollen Check for fit (e.g.; wiggle toes, minimal movement) If your feet are still growing, wait till early spring 2009 to buy – Gortex is a MUST! • Apply external waterproofing to maximize life – Add insole if needed • Break them (and your feet) in by hiking! 11
  12. 12. Your Personal Gear: Backpack • • • • Carries personal gear, crew gear, food, water Next most important item after boots Typical trail weight: 30-50 lb (goal ~25% body weight) Types – External frame (4000 cu in recommended) (~ $100 – $200) – Internal frame (4500 cu in recommended) (~ $150 – $300) • Critical feature: padded hip belt • Rain cover essential (~ $10 - $20) • Decide what features you want, look at several, try out with weight • Buy on sale or a from discount outfitter (Campmor, Sierra Trading Post) • Get fitted at a reputable outdoor store (REI) • Load for Philmont and practice with your own pack! • Rentals available at Philmont if necessary 12
  13. 13. Your Personal Gear: Sleeping • Sleeping bag – Less than 4 lbs, min 20 degrees – Type/shape: • Mummy • Rectangular • Wide-mummy/Semi-rectangular – Fill material: • Down (light, tightly packable, warm when dry) (~$150 - $300) • Synthetic (less expensive, heavier, dries quickly when wet) (~ $50 - $150) – Waterproof stuff sack (or sack with garbage bag) • Sleeping pad – Foam (~$15 – $25) – Self-inflating (~$30 – $80) • Sleeping clothes – T-shirt, running shorts, knit hat 13
  14. 14. Your Personal Gear: Etc... • Trail clothes – 2 pair synthetic/wicking T-Shirts and underwear (DuoFold, Coolmax) (~$10-20 ea) – 1 pair hiking synthetic shorts(~$20) and 1 pair zip-offs (~$50) – 2 pair wool/synthetic hiking socks (~$10-$15 ea) – 3 pair polypro/coolmax liner socks (~$5 ea) – Light fleece – Wide brim hat – Rain jacket • Water bottles (3-4 quarts) – Nalgene bottles (~$10 each) – Empty Gator-Aid bottle for drink mixes • Mess kit – Lexan bowl and spoon • Treking poles – WELL worth the money ($50-$75) and the weight • Personal first aid kit • Personal grooming items 14
  15. 15. Crew Gear • Provided by Troop & Crew – Stoves and fuel – First Aid Kit – Compass – Repair kit – Etc... • Provided by Philmont – Cook kit – Bear bags – Food 15
  16. 16. Summary • • • • • • Lots to do, plenty of time if we start now Commitment is essential Preparation needed for success Maximum participation required Yes, everyone is really busy The reward is the trip of a lifetime … So let’s hit the trail ! 16

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