Well, it’s been a few months since my last District Meeting post. June was my wedding anniversary, July was canceled because of the weekend of the 4th and I was on vacation in August. But I was busy with Scouting Activities.
At the end if July, I was at Philmont Training Center with our District Key 3 along with my entire family (wife and 3 kids). We had an awesome time and my kids have already asked if they can go back next year. Here is a link to the photos.
This past wee, we also has a very successful 2015 East County Good Scout of the Year, in which we honored, Craig McClain of Boys to Men Mentoring. http://bit.ly/1KYmqWQ
(Wife) Kathleen, Craig, Deanna (daughter)
Now to the meeting tonight…
The District Roundtable is next Thursday (9-10) at 7pm and the Theme is Super Cub! So dress up as your favorite Super Hero.
Have a lot of outdoor activities, Council-wide, so check out their calendar! http://www.sdicbsa.org/Calendar
The Order of the Arrow is having their 2015 Section W-6W Conclave October 16-18 in San Diego at Fiesta Island. Contact Joe Garcia for more info!
Finally, it was announced Boy Scouts will hold their National Annual Meeting next year in San Diego, It will be May 25-27 at the Hyatt. Stay tuned on how you might be able to help out.
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.
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?
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.
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.
So breakfast in the morning and it’s off to Dallas, to do some more vacationing!
Out Key 3 Group started off the day doing the flag ceremony. Spent a while figuring out which flag went where as there are five flags to put up. I ended up carrying the New Mexico flag.
Went to Rocky Mountain Scout Camp which is fairly close to the Tooth of Time. We did a combined meeting with the Council Key 3 group and went over our ‘Parking Lot’ questions. The scenery was fantastic and we did a lot of posing for photos.
Two of my kids went for an overnight hike, so I’ll be interested what kind of time they had tomorrow as it rained periodically throughout the day.
My wife went golfing in Raton and among other animals saw a bear. Did I mention before that you see deer everywhere.
Went around Villa Philamonte and took some photos. Also went inside the three story part, which appears to be used as an office and maybe people even live there.
Had a chance to see the closing ceremony at the Camping Center across the street which was pretty neat. Moved indoors because of the rain which they seem prepared for.
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
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
Categories: Key 3, Philmont
Got things underway for our first full day at camp. So kids met their staff at 8:30 and the adults got their orientation at 8:45.
Trailblazers (11–13 year old boys)
They give you plenty of time to eat your meals and the food is pretty good, with a decent selection.
The Training is taught by experienced people with experienced Scouters and the kids stay really engaged and really enjoyed it.
Had a chance to see the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library, which is pretty neat and is across the street from the Camping Center and a short walk from the Training Center. They plan a significant expansion to the museum, once the necessary funds are raised.
Speaking of museums, I also visited Villa Philmonte, which is the house built by the benefactor of Philmont, Waite and Genevieve Phillips. Pretty impressive, as it is 28,000 sq.ft. in size and very well preserved in its original state.
Ended the day with some patch trading along with many flavors of Dutch Oven cobbler and ice cream.
Experienced Patch Trader
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.
Just checked in
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.
Tomorrow the training and fun starts, so until then!