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Old 08-07-2008, 11:15 PM   #1
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Eagle scouts

Who here is an Eagle scout? or was in boy scouts and didn't get it or still working on it.? I've been in scouting since i was like 5 and i just got my eagle badge 5 months ago(16 yo).

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Life and 15 merit badges. The we found out about girls and cars.
Made me a better Scoutmaster in the long run.

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I might be mistaken, but I believe all three of Unlimited's sons are Eagle Scouts. I seem to remember him saying something to that effect.
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I might be mistaken, but I believe all three of Unlimited's sons are Eagle Scouts. I seem to remember him saying something to that effect.
yup, me and my brother both reached Eagle. definitely made my parents proud
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Life and 15 merit badges. The we found out about girls and cars.
Made me a better Scoutmaster in the long run.

By the way...Congrats Nvr!
yea, there are a lot of distractions to try to work around and thanks!
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oh, and those of you that are or have been involved in scouting, who has been to Philmont?
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He turned 25!
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Made it to Life Scout and went to Philmont, decided not much else to do and felt to old. Regret it a little. But, not much!
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Made it to Life Scout and went to Philmont, decided not much else to do and felt to old. Regret it a little. But, not much!
yea. i started to feel that way. But i decided to push through and just finish it. I've now been to Philmont twice, and i'm suppose to go again next summer. And some how i got sucked into being the Senior Patrol Leader for my troop
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I might be mistaken, but I believe all three of Unlimited's sons are Eagle Scouts. I seem to remember him saying something to that effect.
Yep.... All three of my son's are Eagles. My two youngest sons have both been to Philmont twice. I went in '04 with both of them. It was one of the top ten experiences in my life. I was Scoutmaster in our troop for two years and served in various other leadership roles for over ten years.

I personally made it to Life Scout. I quit because we moved to England for a few years. I could have rejoined when we came back but choose not to. As Whiteyj said, I think it made me a better Scoutmaster because I regretted not finishing.

Congratulations to both you and your brother on your Eagles!
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I am an Eagle Scout as well. I did not ever go to Philmont though.

At the time - I wondered why I bothered. But now that I look back on it, I am very happy that I finished it up.

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Getting my Eagle was the first great event in my life I know what a big deal it is!

Also got my Vigil in the Order of the Arrow.

Worked a my council Summer Camp in Lincoln County NM for three years

I've been to Philmont Scout Ranch twice and worked on the staff there one year I thought Fly Fishing and Repelling.

And: I had the worst jobs a kid can have in Scouting I was a Den Mother's son in Cub Scouts My uncle was my Webalo leader and a Scout Master's Son as a Boy Scout. You have to do everything twice as well for 1/2 the recognition.

When I was growing up most of my friends were absolutely sure I was going to go to work for the Park Service or some sort of forestry job when I became an adult, because of my love for the outdoors and camping. I have no doubt that it was in Scouting is where I fell in love with Jeep I remember as a kid waiting for Boys Life Magazine just to see the Jeep Ad Centerfold!. I have often considered a career in Professional Scouting... Am I a Scout NERD?

Sometimes I think about getting back in to scouting as an adult leader I just such a bad influence now!
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Life scout, Order of Arrow Brotherhood, many badges earned. even went to one of the National Jamborees in WV. Was only a couple steps away from Eagle when my father died and got my head on wrong.

Congrats on Eagle! bet it feels great.
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Wow, JT...... Vigil member, I'm impressed! It takes a lot of very hard work and commitment to earn vigil. I'm brotherhood.

My sons had the same experiences that you did, my wife and I were den leaders, I was Cubmaster, and Scoutmaster or assistant throughout the years that my sons were involved. They often complained about being held to a higher standard than the rest of the boys, but my roll as a leader often got them special consideration in other things as well. I really miss my days as a Scout leader and would like to get back involved when I'm done with school. My youngest is still active in his troop as an adult leader, he just got back from a seven day backpack trip with them (lucky little brat). I wish I could have gone with them, but I couldn't get away. The four of us are planning a week long BP trip in the Sierras over Father's day next year.
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Wow, JT...... Vigil member, I'm impressed! It takes a lot of very hard work and commitment to earn vigil. I'm brotherhood.

My sons had the same experiences that you did, my wife and I were den leaders, I was Cubmaster, and Scoutmaster or assistant throughout the years that my sons were involved. They often complained about being held to a higher standard than the rest of the boys, but my roll as a leader often got them special consideration in other things as well. I really miss my days as a Scout leader and would like to get back involved when I'm done with school. My youngest is still active in his troop as an adult leader, he just got back from a seven day backpack trip with them (lucky little brat). I wish I could have gone with them, but I couldn't get away. The four of us are planning a week long BP trip in the Sierras over Father's day next year.
I was a member of one of the oldest Troops in El Paso.. Troop 15. Too bad that troop let their charter expire and no longer exist.

But where I joined there were seven active Eagles one guy... A fellow Jeeper from San Antonio got his Eagle the same night I earned my Tenderfoot.

All of my brother scouts were active in the OA and helped me a lot.

I remember when I was First Class and was not Tapped Out at my first Summer Camp Trip. the Guys felt like I was ready my Father strongly suggested I should wait at least one more year. I was heartbroken. Now in retrospect I'm glad he did that for me.

I was much more ready for my Ordeal that following summer.

It must have worked because I was invited to join the summer camp staff that following year. I also became real involved in wilderness survival over the next few years in Scouting.

Scouting was such a big part of my formative years. I think it made me a better husband and father.

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Eagle scout, Vigil, and also the Scoutmasters son. Was heavily involved in the OA served in many positions and even on the newspaper staff at the National OA Conference in 2006. Best time of my life........ next to Sea Base in the Florida Keys. For any of you scouts who have never been it is a must. I have talked to people who have been to every High Adventure in scouting and they have agreed that Sea Base is an experience of a lifetime. Congrats on the eagle bud!!!
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In the top 5 things i've ever done, going to philmont makes the list...twice! I am also a member of O.A. however my troop has never really pushed the boys who get elected into it. We usually do the ordeal and then just stop

also my brother has been to Northern tier 3 times and gone to all 3 of the canoe bases there. He says that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world! i can't wait to go up there someday.


Has anyone ever done Rayedo (?) at Philmont? ecause i'm am considering trying it but not sure if i can handle that many days with the same people
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WOW! that sounds cool!

Looks like an Outward Bound Adventure.

Do it man sounds like the trip of a lifetime.

I'll need to see if I can find a TOPO to this tract!

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Rayado Trek


"The Ultimate Wilderness Challenge"


Older Scouts and Venturers who have mastered basic outdoor skills should consider applying for the challenging and selective Rayado Trek program. Participants will take the most challenging trails, climb rock faces, and stand on mountaintops. Each day holds new challenges and opportunities that encourage participants to attain a high level of personal growth and self-reliance, accomplishing more than they thought possible.

Rayado is designed specifically to challenge participants' mental and physical abilities, and the program is unparalleled for developing outdoor leadership, group dynamics, wilderness problem-solving, and advanced outdoor skills, including:

* Wilderness backpacking skills
* Navigation and travel techniques
* Expedition behavior and group dynamics
* Advanced cooking skills
* Wilderness stewardship (including Leave No Trace skills and ethics)
* Wilderness first aid and backcountry emergency procedures

A Rayado Trek encourages personal growth, teamwork, and leadership abilityódesirable qualities for Philmont staff. The most qualified Rayado participants are often encouraged to apply for the elite Philmont staff in future seasons as rangers, backcountry staff, and headquarters staff.
Who May Participate?

To be able to participate in the Rayado Trek program, participants must meet the following requirements:

* Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
* Be 15 years of age by January 1 of the year they attend or have completed ninth grade and be at least 15 before participation but not yet 21.
* Be in excellent physical condition and able to hike 10 or more miles with a 40- to 50-pound backpack. (Philmont height and weight guidelines will be strictly enforced.)
* Have mastered the skills of Leave No Trace camping and backpacking; previous Philmont experience is not mandatory but is strongly recommended.
* Have a letter of recommendation from an adult Scouter detailing the participantOs backcountry experience and character.

What Activities Does the Program Include?

Rayado participants will backpack with Scouts and Venturers from all over the country, visiting parts of the backcountry that are never seen by expedition campers and participating in activities that are not available to participants in any other program.

Each crew will explore the unexplored and encounter the unexpected; to maintain the elements of surprise and discovery, specific details about trek activities are not disclosed in advance.
What Is the Cost?

The cost of $635 (2008 Season) for 20 days includes crew gear and staff leadership. Rayado scholarships are available (information about scholarships will be sent along with your application form).
How Do I Apply?

Each participant must complete an application form (approved by a parent or guardian, a unit leader, and the local council Scout executive) and provide two letters of recommendation that attest to the participant's backcountry experience and ability to live under remote and primitive conditions.
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Yea, I became interested in Rayado after going out there for the second time last last summer. In sounds like a fun program to basically just be woken up and be told we are hiking over this, this and this mountain today. Sounds a little more intense too
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Best time of my life.

Some of my fondest memories are related to my days in scouting.

But it is tough to beat the stories I have from when I was 14 and we had one one day off a week when we were between camping sessions. All of the camp counselors would make the one a half mile walk into Cloudcroft NM to cut loose.

They had a bowling center with PIN GIRLS!


God I loved that girl....
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Managed to get to Philmont twice. Never as a youth but made the pilgrimage in 1997 and 2000 as an adult. The ranch is a very special place with a lot of great program and history. But for us on the west coast, I'll take the Sierras. Much better scenery very close to home.
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Hey JT, how old is that picture of baldy?
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Hey JT, how old is that picture of baldy?
I pulled it off a site I'm sure it was from before the fire.

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