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JUNE 16TH, 2017

A family after two days

PHILNEWS Pioneers of the summer

Andrew Kliewer Staff Writer

As the sun glinted off the lush green grass and puffy white clouds floated lazily overhead, Beaubien camp was transformed from its typically quiet idyllic state to a hub of commotion and activity on June 4. At one end of the meadow, green shirted Rangers improvised raps and skits to explain wilderness facts. Halfway down the meadow, others attempted to construct a tent while blindfolded. Finally at the opposite end of the meadow, a group was sang “I’m a Little Teacup,” while putting the points of the Scout Law in order. As each of these groups finished their tasks, they sprinted to the next station, beginning the process all over again. This 220 plus gathering of people and the ensuing controlled chaos is an annual event of the Ranger Department. Known as Ranger Rendezvous, the friendly competition consists of fourteen different events meant to test each Ranger’s knowledge of essential skills. Continued on page 5


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Scatter: a unified chaos

Andrew Kliewer and Elizabeth Harper Staff Writers

June 9, 2017- Ranger Mason Gregg goes over lightning and wildlife procedures with Crew 608-F2. A Ranger is assigned to each crew for their first three days, during which they will advise and train the Scouts for their adventure through Philmont. Tanner Britton/PhilNews

Elizabeth Harper Staff Writer

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as the bus pulled into Zastrow Turnaround. The crews on board were anxious to unload, especially after listening to the Philmont Bus Tour, a funny but informative speech intended to get crews ready and excited to hit the trail. As everyone thanked the bus driver and got off to search for their packs, Ranger Mason Gregg directed his crew to a shady spot underneath a tree.

This crew, Expedition 608-F2, had already traveled a long way to get to Philmont. The six Scouts and three adults, who came from three different troops in southeastern Indiana, had ridden a train for 25 hours to arrive at Philmont a day early and start getting acclimated to the altitude change. According to Advisor Dale Schroeder, however, the crew almost didn’t get that far. “They didn’t have enough adults,” said Schroeder, who accompanied his son Dawson. Their group of Scouts was so big it had to be split into two

crews, but there were originally only enough advisors for one crew. So Schroeder stepped up, along with Advisors Nolan Hancock and Clay Yeaton, to make sure their Scouts could have the experience of a lifetime. Once they had enough advisors, the crew began to train in earnest, going above and beyond basic practice hikes. “We all did Wilderness First Aid training,” Schroeder said, indicating the entire crew. Philmont only requires two Continued on page 4

After weeks of enduring the crowds and dust of Base Camp, attending countless training sessions and practicing programs to perfection, the long anticipated Scatter finally arrived for backcountry staffers. Beginning on the evening of June 4, a long line of idling suburbans stretched past the Welcome Center, as staffers piled in with their belongings, made last minute phone calls and said goodbye to most modern luxuries. Once given the go-ahead, convoys of vehicles drove off, ready to deliver workers to the 36 staffed camps that they will call home for the next two and a half months. Transporting staffers successfully across all 220 square miles of Philmont required a level of precision akin to a military operation. Each camp’s departure was staged in fifteen minute intervals from the Welcome Center, with trucks immediately rolling up as others departed. The order of Scatter was predetermined to make sure that camps with

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