Training Management Conference - Philmont
- I just had a dream of a lifetime happen for me. After pondering it for
24-hours, I know it is because I "volunteered" to be the District Training
Chairman, however, I never dreamed it might lead to an invitation to
Philmont. At least 10 years ago I read about the Training Center in a
Scouting magazine. I knew it was something I dearly wanted to do, but did
not know how to accomplish that.
Yesterday, I received an invitation from National, on the recommendation of
the Council, to attend the Training Management Conference. I am a
professional trainer in my "other" life, so I'm really excited about this.
I'm a single mom and my ex has been able to provide Disneyworld and other
"dream" vacations for my boys (I have three teen sons) but, to me, this is a
dream vacation that I would have chosen. So, the boys are all saving (lol,
after only 24 hours, it's really delightful to see their excitement about
going as well).
Anyway, what I really wanted to ask was, is anyone else going? We will be
attending the June 15-21 session. This is going to be great!
Just a little excited here,
Training Chairman, Santa Fe Trail District
OA Encampment Advisor, Kansas Lodge
Advancement Chairman, Troop 133 (my primary registration)
- --- Laura Kilby <kilbyl@...> wrote:
> ... Yesterday, I received an invitation fromYes, it will, for you and your sons. A week at PTC is
> National, on the recommendation of the Council,
> to attend the Training Management Conference. ...
> We will be attending the June 15-21 session. This
> is going to be great!
a truly great week. The conferences are outstanding.
Depending on the ages and general health of your teen
age sons, they will be able to choose between two
One is the teen group at PTC base camp which goes out
on short outings and returns, permitting youth the
opportunity to spend most meal times and evenings with
you. Don't be too terribly surprised if you have
trouble finding them at times though. Teens at PTC
bond fast, and tight, and they tend to hang together
most of the week.
The other option for teens 14 (16?) and over is to
take a Mountain Man trek. On The MM trek, they
disappear on Sunday at 2 p.m. and you next see them
(and smell them, lol) on Saturday morning, but the
mini-trek (20-30 miles, lots of prgram opportunities)
is an activity they'll never forget.
If your teens opt instead for the group that remains
in base camp at PTC each evening, they'll get to do
COPE, perhaps horses, some great day hikes and also an
all day outing with an overnight on Thursday night.
Either way, they'll have a tremendous time.
For the teens, it really boils down to are they
backpackers or not. I wouldn't push someone who
didn't love backpacking into a MM trek, but if that's
a particular passion, a few years ago my nephew did
the MM trek and loved it.
My daughter, who can take backpacking or leave it, but
generally prefers to leave it, has really enjoyed her
trips to PTC. She is still in contact with youth she
met two years ago, and although Philmont has since
changed the youth program names, in her mind PTC mean
For us Scouters, there is no such thing as a bad
conference at PTC. The volunteers who are slected to
come teach put a massive level of effort into the
conference, and so do the participants.
Have a great time
Kevin outta Norman, America
PTC bound in '03, probably week 9 (7/27-8/2)
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