Tuesday, September 21, 2010


For this installment of honoring the centennial year of the Boy Scouts of America, we focus on the site of great adventure that is the dream of Scouts of all ages, one which is synonymous with the Scouting experience.

In 1937, a Tulsa, Oklahoma oil executive named Waite Philips donated nearly 36,000 acres of his ranch land to the BSA. Situated in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range in northeastern New Mexico, near the town of Cimarron, that gift eventually grew to over 127,000 acres -- still only 40 percent of his total property. Today, the Philmont Scout Ranch and Training Center covers roughly 137,000 acres, and thousand of Scouts and Scouters (and in more recent years, their spouses and families) come as if to Mecca, to enjoy the genuine thrill of land once traversed by the Southwestern Indian, the Spanish conquistador, and the early American trapper and frontiersman.

They are met by a team of dedicated and experienced staff. This video is about them, and you won't find a sissy-boy in the entire bunch (but you will find a few young ladies).

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