Key 3

Day 6 at Philmont Training Center

Well, it was the final day of training and fun.  We tuned in our Philmont survey and would guess we will be getting one later on the training itself?  We had our graduation ceremony at next to Villa Philmonte.   Got our certificate and class photo which we took on Monday.

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We got to hear from all the people that got trained.  The couple I sat next to traveled all the way from the United Arab Emirates, where they have a Boy Scout Troop.  I know another family came from Germany, so I believe they were the farthest traveled?

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My wife wanted to see the museum, which I had seen earlier in the week.  And low and behold the author of the 75th Anniversary book on Philmont, A Million Miracles was there doing a book signing.  So David signed a book for my son, welcoming him to Philmont and wishing him well in earning his Eagle.

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Had the closing ceremony in the amphitheater behind the craft center where we were supposed to have had the Opening Ceremony of it hadn’t rained.  All the kids did some kind of skit and the spouses sang a song.

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So breakfast in the morning and it’s off to Dallas, to do some more vacationing!

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Day 3 at Philmont Training Center

Was pretty dry this morning after what seemed like a fairly rainy night. As you have probably heard, they seem to get a little rain everyday and this afternoon was no exception.  The benefit from all of this is a very green surrounding which hasn’t been the case for many years and brought out the wild sunflowers about a month early.

Watched the flag raising ceremony this morning which focused on Cub Scouts. There is a different theme for every day.

Had another good training day and the family enjoyed their activities as well which included my wife making candles at a candle shop in the nearby town of Cimarron.

Had a Buffalo BBQ tonight on the Greensward. Had branding of whatever you wanted to brand and I got my new Philmont belt branded.

My wife and I at the BBQ

My wife and I at the BBQ

Went into Cimarron tonight to check out the St. James Hotel with my other Key 3.  Neat place that was built in 1872 and still has the bullet holes in the salon roof to prove it!

Rifle at the St. James Hotel

Rifle at the St. James Hotel

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Day 1 at Philmont Training Center

The adventure begins with our first day at Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center with District Executive, James Lennon and District Commissioner, Bill Kellner, for Key 3 Training.

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This is is especially fun for me as I have my entire family with me, including my wife, 13 year old son (who is a Scout), as well as my 11 and 9 year old daughters.

Had quite a drive from San Diego, with stopovers in Phoenix to visit family and Gallup, New Mexico, before getting here. We also saw the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.

Had some great lightning and thunder which caused the Opening Ceremony to be moved inside, although we really didn’t have any rain until later when we got rain when we were in bed.

The the three of us went to the Tooth of Time Traders, where they have a heck of a lot of backpacking and Philmont merchandise in general. Also got to see the roughly 400 people that are both coming and going from the Camping Center which is more or less across the street from the Training Center.

We got to meet a number of people already and there are pretty close to someone from every state in the Country present.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Tomorrow the training and fun starts, so until then!

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