Here is some important information on the Klondike Derby
Here is some important information on the Klondike Derby
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Troop 59 will be holding its Fall Court of Honor. This Court of Honor celebrates the achievements of the troop, including rank advancements and earned merit badges, since this past June. All scouts, family members and friends are invited to attend. Scouts will wear full Class A uniforms, including sashes and pins.
The Court of Honor will start at 7:30 PM, at the First Presbyterian Church. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Troop 59 will hold it’s first meeting of the new Scout year at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 14 at the First Presbyterian Church.
Congratulations to Nicholas Haines, upon earning Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scout program.
During a Court of Honor held on August 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, Nick was presented with his Eagle Scout badge and pin, and was celebrated by members his family, friends, and fellow Troop 59 scouts and leaders.
Troop 59 offers our heartiest congratulations to Nick on this achievement!
Here are the 2016/2017 Troop 59 leadership positions of responsibility:
Scouts must know, understand and fulfill the responsibilities of their positions in order to have completed the requirement to “serve actively in your unit… …in one or more (of the following) positions of responsibillity.” for rank advancement.
Refer to the responsibilities on the Troop 59 web site at http://www.troop59.com/troop-positions-of-leadership/
On Wednesday, June 8th, Troop 59 will be having our Spring Court of Honor.
It will start at 7:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.
All scouts and family members are invited, and there will be light refreshment served.
Please join us there!
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A physically and mentally challenging Philmont trek can lead to stress-induced disharmony even in a crew of good friends. Here are some words of wisdom from fellow Philmonter Joe Jansen on how to avoid such unpleasantness:
The Watchu Mountain Outfitters will be open for business both during the Watchu Mountain Adventure and the June Advisor Briefing. In addition to their regular items, they will have surplus Philmont Trail Meals for sale – stock up for your last shakedown hikes! Stop by and pickup some bargains.
The Watchu Mountain Hints: Participants at Badger Day on Watchu Mountain Saturday, April 25, report that the bugs were “tough.” Be prepared with bug repellant (of course, a “smellable” and needs to be up in the bear bag at night).
Year in and year out advisors cite “Hiking is a Team Sport” as the single most important thing they got out of the entire eighteen month Watchu Experience. Your entire crew needs to be prepared for a “pop quiz” on hiking is a team sport; make sure they are ready!
Reminders: Both a whitewater Rafting Release and a Blue Sky Adventures Release are required for each member of the crew, youth and adult. The forms for youth must be signed by parent or guardian. If there are any members of your crew who can’t go rafting, for whatever reason (medical, non swimmer, no parent permission, etc), the tour operator, Rob Pardue, needs to know during your Watchu session with him. Please come prepared with that information. The Rafting Release states that in should be signed no more than 180 days before the trip, but Rob Pardue of Blue Sky Adventures advises that the outfitter, Echo Canyon Rafting, will accept forms signed earlier.
Advisor Question: “If a crew is passing a staff camp that has a program you are interested in, can they just stop in and get the program presentation without any advanced check-in?”
Answer: Advanced check-in is generally not required except for horseback riding, which crews sign up for during their Logistics session in Base Camp on the first day at Philmont. Simply have your Crew Chief check in at the staff cabin and ask if your crew can participate in the program. If your crew is “ship-shape” and polite, you will probably get in on the program. The exception being if the staff is backed up with crews scheduled for the program via their itineraries. That conflict does not happen often, though beginning in 2012 Philmont camp staff were invoking it more commonly. Most backcountry staff bend over backwards to get you through their program.
The Watchu Trail Planning Team will answer questions about your trek at the Watchu Mountain Adventure – come prepared with plenty for them!
Philmont Arrival Information: All crews should have submitted their travel information to Philmont and received a confirmation e-mail of their travel plans (separate from the confirmation of itinerary selection.) If your crew has not received a travel confirmation, click HERE to login to Philmont’s Web site (you will need your crew password used for itinerary selection) and supply the information, which for all contingents is:
Philmont uses this information to make sure your Ranger is available when you arrive and to minimize your wait at the Welcome Center. If the information on your confirmation e-mail does not match what is shown above, log on and correct it.
Watchu Request: Pray for rain! Philmont training works much better in the rain.
Reminder: The FAQs page of the Watchu Experience Web site contains the answers to dozens of questions that come up every year. It is worthwhile to read through them even if you don’t have a question at the moment – there may be one you just have not thought of yet!
Check it out! Two representatives from Canon USA and photographers from the BSA national office were at Philmont in 2011 to plan for a photography workshop taking place that fall at Philmont Training Center. During their visit they captured this Gigapan image from the Miranda meadow: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/fullscreen/74276/
Phil Fact: Henri Buruel obtained mining rights from Lucien Maxwell in the 1860’s and operated the French Henry Mine on the ridge above Copper Park on Baldy Mountain. The remains of his cabin are still there. French Henry camp is at the location of a mill constructed in 1898 by the Claude Mining and Milling Company, and the present museum cabin dates from that time. French Henry is the only staffed camp which does not have camping, and one of only two without a source of treated water (Crooked Creek is the other.)
French Henry camp is God’s country!
Baldy Mountain, New Mexico Territory
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Your crew is enthusiastically invited to attend the
2015 Watchu Mountain Adventure!!
Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3th
Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation
The Watchu Mountain Adventure will be the highlight of your entire Watchu Experience – the opportunity to put all you have learned to the test in a simulated Philmont environment, the chance to ask questions of experienced Philmont veterans during presentations on every aspect of a Philmont trek, and two exciting multi-media shows that will have you and your crew chomping at the bit to get into the Magic Mountains of the Philmont backcountry.
The schedule, as follows, is identical for all crews until 8:00am Saturday morning, at which time each crew will begin following one of two separate tracks through the remainder of the weekend’s activities.
5:00pm to 6:30 pm Check-in
5:15pm to 8:15pm Trail of Discovery (floating start, based on arrival time)
6:45pm to 8:30pm Setup camp (floating start, after Trail of Discovery)
8:45pm Advisor Orientation
9:00pm Youth Gather
9:30pm Opening Program, followed by a crackerbarrel
10:15pm Setup camp (if more time is needed) / Free time
11:00pm Lights out
6:00am Reveille, breakfast, strike camp, and pack
7:15am Crew Chief Briefing on Shakedown Mesa
Chaplain Aide Briefing on Shakedown Mesa
Crew Reporter Briefing on Shakedown Mesa
Lead Advisor Briefing on Shakedown Mesa
Recall – all youth crew leadership positions should be filled BEFORE you arrive on Watchu Mountain
8:00am Find the gaps – it’s not just a hike – hiking is a team sport!
See Friday/Early Saturday Schedule and Sample Saturday/Sunday Schedule for more information and detail about the schedules. Your crew will receive its actual schedule for the weekend at check-in on Friday evening.
Watchu Request: Please remind everyone in your crew to come to the Watchu Mountain Adventure with full water bottles – it will help speed up your journey on the “Trail of Discovery.”
Crew Photo Reminder: Shortly after arrival, a crew photo will be taken – each crew member should look sharp in their full official BSA uniform.
Cell Phone Reminder: Each crew should carry at least one cell phone throughout the Watchu Mountain Adventure. Cell numbers will be recorded at Check-in on Friday in case your crew needs to be contacted in an emergency and crews will be given a telephone number to use if they need to contact the Watchu staff.
Watchu Fast Pass Check-in: Tuesday night 17 crews were certified for Fast Pass Check-in at the Watchu Mountain Adventure. Great work!.
Special note to Contingent Tour Advisors (one per contingent): You are expected to attend a short meeting Sunday morning at 8:15am on Shakedown Mesa with Rob Pardue of Blue Sky Adventures and Chief Watchu.
Tip: The Watchu Mountain Adventure will work much better if all members of your crew have read their Guidebook to Adventure beforehand. Also, all advisors should have read the other material sent from Philmont in the advisors package, especially the Philmont TREKS – Itinerary Guide. Bring these important guidebooks and your Philmanac with you to the Mountain for your Trail Planning session Saturday evening.
Trek Planning Reminder: Your crew will have a crew-specific Trail Planning exercise during the Watchu Mountain Adventure. Recall that Dwight Stein, the former Logistics Manager at Philmont, will be on the mountain to answer specific questions you may have about your trek. Bring your crew’s Philmanac and TREKS Itinerary Guide. Each crew member should bring their Guidebook to Adventure. (If you have not received your copies of TREKS, the Guidebook to Adventure, and other documents, you should contact Philmont about getting replacements.)
Pre-Test: The Watchu Team refers to the Watchu Mountain Adventure as a “mid-term exam” for you to evaluate where your crew is on the trail of preparing for Philmont. Test yourself to see if you are ready for the Adventure – do you know the answers to the following questions from the Watchu Mountain Adventure section of the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page of the Watchu Experience Web site? If not, you should spend some time brushing up.
4 Will copies of the Philmont medical forms be acceptable at the check-in for the Watchu Mountain Adventure, or must originals be used?
5 Is it possible to turn in something other than a Philmont medical form for a crew member at the Watchu Mountain Adventure?
See you on the Mountain!
St. James Hotel, Cimarron, New Mexico Territory
Lawman, gunfighter and guest
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Hiking is a Team Sport has consistently been rated the “Top Tip” by contingent advisors, year after year. Most who have religiously followed these suggestions claim they made the biggest and most positive impact on crew performance.
Hiking is a team sport – if you and your crew get that, you will have a great trek.
Is anyone NOT ready for the hiking quiz at the Watchu Mountain Adventure?
Watching crews hike at Philmont is a wonderful educational experience. Here comes a crew spread out all over the mountain. Two or three Scouts a half-mile up the trail. Two advisors far back down the trail. And everyone else is somewhere in between. The end of the crew has no contact with the front or even the mid point. The crew members are expressing various degrees of unhappiness.
Then we have a crew hiking smartly. Each member spaced at about five or six paces. Everyone is in contact, but not so close that they only see the boots in front of them. Everyone is chanting and singing together. All are having a great time and enjoying the spectacular scenery and each others’ fellowship.
Which crew will you be? Well, if you would like to be the second, here are a few points that will help make it happen.
Check out the Hiking and Caterpillar Hiking videos in the On the Trail section of the Training Videos page of the Watchu Experience Web site for additional information and demonstration of several of the above points.
The Watchu Mountain Adventure includes an 8-mile hike that will allow you to practice the above points. One key difference between hiking in New Jersey and at Philmont is that the Watchu hike is in on a network of trails with various blazes to identify which is which, while at Philmont all trails are unblazed. Trail junctions there “should” have either a new style post with UTM coordinates routed into the sides, or an old style post with arrows pointed in each direction with the name of the camp or feature. Either will allow you to identify where you are on your navigation map.
News Flash: To help train your crew for the New Mexico mountain rains, a hard rain has been arranged during the Watchu Mountain Adventure. Be prepared!
Watchu Mountain Adventure “Fast Pass” Check-in: Remember Tuesday evening, 7:00 to 8:00pm at the Council office in Cedar Knolls is your chance to save you and your crew valuable time by having your crew’s Watchu Passport certified for “Fast Pass” Check-in at the Watchu Mountain Adventure.
Bonus Tips: Always kick the heel of your foot back into the heel of your boot before tying your bootlaces. Next, as you lace up your boots, stop at the ankle and wind your laces together twice like a double overhand knot. Now cinch the winding down tight so your foot is locked in to the back of your boot then finish the laces as normal. What’s the benefit?? It helps keep your toes from being squashed into the toe box of your boot which will cause your toes to hurt on downhill hikes and there is lots of downhill at Philmont. This helps keep your feet healthy and free from blisters on your sensitive toes. Remember—your feet are your only means of transportation on a hike so take very good care of them!.
And remember to trim your toenails just prior to departure from home.
Itinerary Data: The Watchu Trail Planning team will use each crew’s assigned itinerary to design your Watchu Mountain Experience. It will also be used to identify backcountry camp rendezvous possibilities with other Watchu crews. The following are confirmed itinerary assignments that have been reported to Chief Watchu – please let us know of any errors.
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*Arrival plans confirmation NOT forwarded.
Phil Fact: From the April 2009 edition of the Philmont Staff Association’s High Country magazine, the Philmont livestock count at the end of 2008 was:
|Cattle: 378 head(13 bulls, 170 cows, 101 heifers,
89 steer calves, 5 steers 1-year or older)
|Burros: ??? – apparently the State of New Mexico doesn’t care enough about the humble burros to require that their count be reported…|
Philmont uses two brands for its livestock – the “Bar P Crazy S” for cattle and the “Slash Crazy S” for horses.
Hiking is a team sport,
Lawrence “Boss” Sanchez
Hawkeye and Philmont Ranches
Cowboy with 40 years of service
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Watchu Mountain Adventure Information
The following is a re-cap of the information provided at the March Briefing about the upcoming Watchu Mountain Adventure.
If your crew’s Watchu Passport has been “Fast Pass” certified by the Contingent Registrar (see the requirements at bottom of the Passport) you will be off on the Trail of Discovery. However, if you are not “Fast Pass” certified, your check-in will continue and the status of each item on your crew’s Watchu Passport will be reviewed:
Watchu will be a simulated Philmont adventure. The intent is to give your crew an opportunity to evaluate the crew’s “Philmont readiness” in a Philmont-like setting. The crew should “find the gaps” between where the crew is and where they need to be to guarantee a great trek. After the Watchu Mountain Adventure there will be about fifty days until the first lift-off to close the gaps. Good luck and have fun!
Watchu Mountain Adventure Fast Pass Check-in: Fast pass check-in will save you and your crew valuable time during the very busy Friday night of the Watchu Mountain Adventure. Check your Watchu_Passport for details. It is not too late to qualify for Fast Pass. Watchu Staff members will be at the Council office in Cedar Knolls Tuesday evening, April 14, from 7:00 to 8:00pm, to certify your crew for Fast Pass Check-in.
Don’t forget: Crews from outside Patriots’ Path Council must have a Tour and Activity Plan filed with their local council for the Watchu Mountain Adventure. A Tour and Activity Plan may be required for other crew shakedowns or training outings.
Advisor Question: When we take a group of scouts from our troop on a hike we file a Tour and Activity Plan with our council, signed by a Scoutmaster and a troop committee member. Who should sign the form for our crew since we are from several different troops?
Answer: Any two advisors accompanying the crew on the training event can sign the Tour and Activity Plan. And Patriots’ Path Council will file Tour and Activity Plans for all Patriots’ Path contingent crews for the trip to and from Philmont. The bottom line for Advisors is that the Tour and Activity Plan guarantees your event is sanctioned by the BSA and all associated rights and privileges, such as accident insurance, extend to BSA registered participants.
Good News!! The Watchu Team is happy and excited to confirm that a number of guests from around the country will be joining you on Watchu Mountain:
From Colorado – Dwight Stein, former Manager of the Philmont Logistics Department, will be available all weekend to assist you with your trek planning. Dwight’s many years on staff in a variety of positions has provided him with a knowledge of the Ranch that he is happy to share.
From Florida – Rob Pardue of Blue Sky Adventures is bursting with great Colorado touring plans. He says he can’t wait to share the good news with you and your crew.
From Philmont – Mark Anderson, Director of Program, Philmont Scout Ranch, and Eric Martinez, Chief Ranger, are coming to New Jersey to check out the Watchu Mountain Adventure firsthand. While their focus will be with the staff and observing the program, there should be opportunities for some one-on-one time with them during the weekend.
From Philmont via Paramus NJ – padre Father Don Hummel, a Philmont Chaplain, will arrive on his burro in plenty of time to conduct the very important briefing for Chaplain Aides on Saturday morning. The position of Chaplain Aide is critical to the success of your trek. Recall from prior Watchu Grams describing how to organize your crew, the Chaplain Aide serves as an assistant to the Crew Leader (Crew Chief).
From New York City – the briefing for Crew Reporters on Saturday morning will be led by Scott Berger, Associate Director of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. He is going to have some great tips for your crew’s news correspondent(s).
From South Carolina – Saturday night’s Trail Planning sessions will be coordinated by Watchu’s own nationally-known Philmont trail expert Al Thomson, who will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions about your Philmont trek.
Top Tip coming! Shortly we will send out a Watchu Gram, titled “Hiking is a Team Sport,” which has been voted the Top Tip by advisors over and over again. The Watchu Team strongly advises all crew members to read it, understand it, and internalize it. We expect you and your crew to put the tip into action at the Watchu Mountain Adventure. Be ready for a pop quiz on it, maybe with prizes.
Watchu reminder: When you receive the e-mail from Philmont confirming your assigned itinerary, forward it to Chief Watchu (at email@example.com) with a note indicating which choice (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th) it was. Your trek assignment is needed so that the Watchu Trail Planners can prepare the staff schedule and will be used to design your crew-specific Watchu Mountain Adventure.
Crews that have already responded – please double check your information in the chart and advise immediately if there is an error. Thank you for your prompt attention to forwarding your trek assignment – with online selection now in April, there is less time for the Trail Planning staff to prepare for you.
Not time critical, but important – if the chart indicates we have not received the forwarding of your “Arrival Info” confirmation from Philmont (PPC crews only), please send it to Chief Watchu.
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*Arrival plans confirmation NOT forwarded yet – each crew MUST individually submit their arrival plans using the Itinerary Selection page before a May 7 deadline; it is NOT handled on a contingent basis.
Philmont Navigational Maps: Once you know your itinerary you will need to order your land navigation maps – the Sectional Map(s) listed for your trek in your Philmont TREKS – Itinerary Guide. Place your order with the Tooth of Time Traders at www.toothoftimetraders.com. That Web site has lots of other great stuff available, check it out. Purchasing at least two complete sets of maps is recommended so that if your crew must separate on the trail, each group has a map.
Phil Fact: The Dolds Brother’s Warehouse in Cimarron was built in 1848 by M.R. Whiteman as a freighting depot for the Andres Daws stage line, and was one of many warehouses and supply stores that were in much demand during the heyday of the Santa Fe Trail. The original adobe structure, severely damaged by fire in 1939, is mentioned in Zane Grey’s book Fighting Caravans, written while he was staying at the St. James Hotel.
The Watchu Mountain Adventure is but a few weeks away! Can you feel the spirit?
M. R. Whiteman
Cimarron, New Mexico Territory