We hope you had a great summer that included hiking, camping, swimming, and relaxing. We also hope that you are well prepared for a new school year and a new Scouting year.
Troop 255 has two High Adventure trek slots reserved at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico from 9-21 July 2018 and we need to make the next installment payment to Philmont Scout Ranch on 1 October 2017 to pay for the two treks. In total, each participant needs to pay Philmont $940 to cover the cost of the trek. Scouts that signed up last January made a $100 deposit to the Troop to cover for the Troop’s down payment.
Please bring the next required payment of $420 to Todd Rosentover or an Adult Leader this coming Tuesday, 12 September but no later than 19 September.
Looking forward to the Spring, the final installment payment to Philmont of $420 is due on 1 March 2018.
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base. To those that are fortunate to visit Philmont, the trek represents one of the pinnacle achievements of Scouting. Please visit the following website to learn more about Philmont and what it offers: http://www.philmontscoutranch.org.
There may be a few slots available on what is currently an all Troop crew (Crew 1) and a combined Venturer/Scout crew (Crew 2). If you have not signed up to go to Philmont and you are interested in going, please contact an adult leader for further information.
Adult leaders met a few weeks ago to start preparing for next summer. We discussed logistics associated with the trip and plan to share that information with you over the next several months. We would like to invite you to an initial organizing meeting at 6:30PM, before the Troop meeting, Tuesday, 26 September. We will discuss what we know at this point and what to expect as we move towards Philmont next summer.
Currently, we anticipate arriving in the New Mexico area two days before the trek next summer to help acclimatize to the elevation and climate and we anticipate departing from New Mexico on either 21 or 22 July. We need to get some information from Scouts and their families to finalize the exact start and end dates for the trip and begin, in earnest, planning the trip.
In addition to the Philmont trek fee, you should anticipate on travel and transportation costs to and from Cimarron, New Mexico and other incidental costs such as meals before and after the trek, and souvenirs. We currently anticipate that the total costs for each participant, including Philmont fee, air and ground transportation costs, meals and lodging, souvenirs, etc., will run somewhere in the range of $1700-$2000. We will provide additional information regarding expected costs and other information at the initial meeting on 26 September and over the next several months.
Yours in Scouting,
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