Attention Orthodox Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Outdoor-Loving Teens!
Pan-Orthodox Boy Scout Troop 67 and Venture Crew 67, based in Seattle, have been selected to go to Philmont Scout Ranch, for eleven days of backpacking in the Sangre de
Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. It is an incredible opportunity for our coed group of teens. We will be exploring a glorious part of the world, and we want to open up this adventure to other Orthodox teens, both young men and young women!
Our Troop is very active in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest; we have hikes, backpacking trips, and other outings over fifteen times per year. Venturing is like Scouting, except that it is for boys and girls ages 14-20, who basically develop and run their own program under adult guidance; we have a similar outdoors program to the Scouts. Several members of the Troop, and three girls and one guy from our Crew, went to Philmont last summer; we had both male and female leaders.
Our faith is part of what we do, and we bring our faith to Philmont. In 2009 one of our local priests was able to go on the trek, and he conducted the first-ever Divine Liturgy in the Philmont backcountry.
But I’m merely an advisor. Matthew, age 18, has been to Philmont twice, and gives a better perspective:
“Boy Scouting in Troop 67 has been a huge part of my life. Our troop is a second home, and other Scouting members are as close as brothers.
“The outdoors is one of the easiest places to make friends right away. The people around you share common feelings for the wilderness, lakes and mountains and make the
experience fun for each other. Scouts and Venturing are teamwork and family, and sometimes foster the closest connections to others you make as a youth.
“Several members of our Troop and Crew went to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2009 and 2011. Our backpacking treks tested our stamina and teamwork skills, and the leadership training I had accumulated over the years came to good use. For any hardship in the experience, it gave us in return memories that will last forever. It was one of the real soul-searching and freeing feelings I have ever had.
“A trip to Philmont Scout Ranch feels like the fresh beginning you think you only get once. The New Mexico mountain terrain is breathtaking. The heights give a marvelous view, and as you climb over the boulders to the summits, you see the green and the gold and the billowing clouds going by, casting huge shadows across the lowlands. The river water reflecting light is dazzling to look at, and the crystal clear rivers tempt you to swim; the weather and smells are just as wonderful. The experience was one of the greatest chapters of my Scouting experience. “
The trip will be approximately August 4 to August 19, 2013, eighteen months from now. We’ll have a couple of days in Albuquerque to adjust to the elevation and see the sights. Then we spend thirteen full days at Philmont, including eleven days on the trail. We’ll be backpacking each day, camping each night, and participating in the dozens of programs available throughout the backcountry…horseback riding, rock climbing, shooting sports, conservation, mountain climbing…there are dozens of possibilities. Take a look at the Philmont website to learn more: www.philmontscoutranch.org.
We have openings for young men and women ages 14-20 from across the country. We also have openings for up to four adult leaders. Parent/teen pairs are especially welcome! On our 2009 trek, we had four pairs of fathers and sons; in 2011 one father accompanied both his son and daughter. If you are interested, but not currently a Scout or Venturer, we can help you sign up.
To register for our Philmont Adventure, or for more information, please contact Liz Fallin, Crew 67 Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 425-485-1481. Registration is first come, first served; we have a limited number of openings. Registration closes on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Come join us for this incredible opportunity!
Liz Fallin, for Troop and Crew 67, Seattle, WA
Please help spread the word of this event to scouts at your parish-Thank you! Editor