aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

The mountains are calling and I must go

I've been kind of dreading this summer's Philmont trek. I've been feeling kind of old and out of it, I guess. But we had our first full crew meeting to launch this afternoon, and I am stoked. What a grand set of Scouts (with room to grow)! What nice and supportive parents!

The big item for this meeting was to settle on itinerary choices. I had laid out all the treks that fit their preliminary interests. After a good half hour or more of each one of them reading the itineraries, I said, "Okay. We need your top six. There is no process, there are no leaders. Figure it out." I watched them talk and negotiate with each other. I wanted to see how they communicated. Oh, they're good. This is going to be so fun!

Their top choice involves burros and Baldy (oh, the memories). The six itineraries are split evenly between the Baldy country and South country. Mileage varies between 51 and 61 miles. Very doable. Lots of exciting program choices.

We set up two more events: an overnight crew organization campout in April and a shakedown weekend in May. And with that, we are up and running.


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