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Philmont 2022

‘One of the Most Magical Places in the World’

By T.O. Brien

Philmont Scout Ranch, in Cimarron, New Mexico, is one of the most magical places in the world. Its lofty mountains and babbling brooks have captured the hearts of many Scouts since its opening in 1938.

In July 2022, I was one of the lucky few Scouts who visited Philmont from Troop 5, as part of the crew 709-R-02. Over the 12-day trek, we hiked over 60 miles, and went as high as 10,000 feet above sea level, experiencing one of the most amazing locations on Earth.

Our trip started in Denver, Colo., where we were picked up from the airport by Blue Sky Adventures, a company focused on enhancing high adventure trips for scouts. During our two-day time with BSA (an acronym that is no coincidence), we stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, enjoying such amenities as a full in-hotel water park, several small storefronts, and the last real bed we’d sleep in for two full weeks.

It’s a place where you can let your mind wander, taking in the sights and sounds, where you can let yourself forget about what was, what is, and what will be

During our stay, we went to several local Colorado attractions, including the Garden of the Gods, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and whitewater rafting at Echo Canyon. The fun and games were about to end, however, because at dawn on July 9, it was time to board the bus to Philmont Scout Ranch.

Once we arrived at Philmont, it was time to get all the supplies we would need for our trek: tents, food, and our route. The tents were simple two-person tents with only the absolute essentials – a tent body, poles, and a rain fly. Food was usually dehydrated and strictly non-perishable – we’d be carrying it for five days before restocking.

With everything we would need, it was time to set out.

Our trek began with a bus ride out into the backcountry for some quick training before we started the hike. Philmont Scout Rangers taught us everything we’d need to know before they left us on our own on the third day.

The first hike was probably the hardest – steep uphill, midday sun, and New Jersey-induced naïveté. After that, things got easier, and by the time our Rangers set back off to base camp, we all felt a little more confident.

From there, time passed quickly, with such amazing opportunities as the Tooth of Time, campfire performances at Urraca and Beaubien, and black powder rifles and tomahawk throwing.

(I’ve also been asked by our troop historian, Tucker Spence, to mention the missed opportunity of goat naps, a luxury we were unfortunately unable to indulge in for fear of getting to the next camp too late). By the time we got back to base camp on July 20, we were all ready to go home.

Words truly cannot describe the beauty Philmont Scout Ranch has to offer. It truly embodies the best of the American landscape. It’s a place where you can let your mind wander, taking in the sights and the sounds, where you can let yourself forget about what was, what is, and what will be. It’s a place where you can let your mind wander, taking in the sights and sounds, where you can let yourself forget about what was, what is, and what will be

Philmont has provided people with some of the greatest experiences of their lives, and it will continue doing so for many more years to come.

Camp Tabora

By T. Spence, Troop 5 Scribe

On the weekend of April 23-25, Troop 5 went on a campout at Camp Tabora.

‘Camp Tabora’ – named after Assistant Scout Master Edwin Tabora, whose son, Eagle Scout Nathaniel Tabora, recently ‘aged-out’ of Troop 5 – is really the Taboras’ lawn.

Members of all 5 patrols went.

On a neighbor’s lawn, we had the Troop 5 Olympics.

The Troop Olympics are an annual event that patrols compete in for Patrol Points Contest (PPC) points.

We played many games of ‘Newty Ball,’ (a form of dodgeball), Rope of Death, and Capture the Flag.

Those who are going to Philmont in the summer partook in a ‘shakedown,’ where we saw what we had, and what we needed, to go backpacking on the Philmont trek.

Scouts arrived and departed with their parents, or through carpooling with patrol mates.

Our New Scout Master

An Interview with Chris Donat

By K.G. Bohlman, Troop 5 Historian

Chris Donat became Troop 5’s Scout Master Jan. 1, 2022.

After watching Roger Brauchli, the Troop’s longest-serving Scout Master, he wanted to make sure he could make a big impact on the Troop like Roger did.

Mr. Donat became involved in Boy Scouts because his son Cole, who is an Eagle Scout, was involved in Troop 5. 

Cole eventually became a Senior Patrol Leader. 

Cole’s brother, Henry, is the current Senior Patrol Leader.

Mr. Donat has been to Philmont Scout Ranch and the U.S. Virgin Islands (‘High Adventure’ trips) once.

In 2016 he became an Assistant Scout Master.

He was a Cub Master before that, with Maplewood’s Pack 19.

Mr. Donat’s favorite part has been attending summer camp, doing all the activities and spending time with all the people.

His favorite high adventure trip has been Philmont, though he did like USVI as well.

His favorite camping trip is the Long Beach Island trip, although he does love the Mohawk Mountain ski trip as well.

I just know that he will look forward to the memories he will make as a Scout Master.

Scout Master ‘Roger’ Retires

An interview with Roger Brauchli, former Troop 5 Scout Master

By K.G. Bohlman, Troop 5 Historian

Roger Brauchli became Troop 5’s Scout Master in September 1969.

He officially stepped down Jan. 1, 2022.

Roger Brauchli became a Boy Scout in 1960.

He wanted to join because his friends wanted to join. 

He also wanted to go camping and he had a lot of encouragement from his parents.

He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 16.

He became Troop 5’s Scout Master because he was asked by the people in the committee and he said “why not?”

He wanted to make a big impact on the Troop. 

Roger Brauchli’s favorite part of being Troop 5’s Scout Master since 1969 has been meeting new people.

He has liked guiding scouts and making long lasting friends.

He continued as Scout Master as long as he did because of how much fun he had, and he wanted to continue making a big impact.

His favorite ‘High Adventure’ trip was either St. John, the U.S. Virgin Islands trip (he went eight times) or Philmont Scout Ranch (he went two times).

He liked the Long Beach Island trip, the cooking competition, the canoe trips and the bike hike.

In his more than 51 years as Troop 5 Scout Master, Roger Brauchli, known to all his Scouts as, simply, “Roger,” has made a huge impact on Troop 5.

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PHILMONT 2022 IS APPROACHING

This is where stories of the preparations for Philmont 2022 and Summer Camp 2022 will appear, which is why you should keep your eyes on it.

‘The Red Beret,’ an occasional Troop 5 newsletter publication, is moving online, hopefully this month.

Originally, the officer position of “Newsletter Editor” was charged with soliciting articles from Troop members, but as with so many news and information organizations, and in an effort to be more environmentally conscious, Troop 5 is on the cusp of moving articles and photos – usually gathered by the Troop Historian – online.

This has happened after two years of mostly virtual Troop 5 meetings, and because of the needs for future Eagle Scouts to meet Communications Badge requirements to enter this brave new world of the 21st century.

Among the other skills Scouts in Troop 5 learn will be how to write ‘blog posts,’ as opposed to printed newsletter articles. They will learn to not only compose a brief – four to five paragraphs – but also how to accompany such briefs with graphic elements such as photos, and even embedded links, as ‘contributors.’ As currently envisioned, positions involved in this activity will be the Webmaster, Historian and Scribe.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor: Fall 2018

By Evan Ragone, Troop 5 Life Scout

 

On Saturday September 15th at Seth Boyden School many Scouts, leaders, familys, and friends joined together to celebrate Jared Neyman and Max Spiegel for attaining the rank of Eagle at the Troop 5 Court of Honor. This event is important to many because it is a moment to celebrate the Scouts who have worked hard to attain the prestigious rank of Eagle. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements completed by the new Eagle Scouts and those who helped them. It is special because only 4 percent of Boy Scouts attain this rank. Over forty Troop 5 Scouts have earned the Eagle rank since 2010. These ceremonies also inspire younger scouts to want to work towards this rank.  Congratulations to Jared and Max on this achievement.