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Backpacking Crews at Philmont Summer 2016

Both Troop 71 and Venture Crew 71 have received slots for 2 backpacking crews each at Philmont for the summer of 2016.  It doesn't look like either unit will be able to fill these crews from within our organizations.  We are opening positions in these crews to any qualified Scouts, Scouters, and Venturers in Tecumseh Council but you must act quickly as described below.

Both Troop 71 and Crew 71 have successfully applied for backpacking slots at Philmont Scout Ranch in the summer of 2016.  These slots are hard to get and must be confirmed 18 months before the actual event.  Troop 71 has an arrival date of 10 June 2016 and Crew 71 has an arrival date of 8 June 2016.  Each trip will take 15 to 18 days to include travel time.  Each unit has been granted reservations for two crews consisting of up to 8 Youth and 4 Adults for 12 days of backpacking from 7000 to 12000 feet up in the New Mexico mountains.  We must confirm the crews that we want for 2016 by sending $150 per participant to Philmont by 30 Jan 2015.  A Philmont Trek is often considered the highlight of a scouting career and is often a life changing event.  We can reserve any to all of the 4 crews but we must have a minimum commitment of 7 participants (2 adults and 5 youth) per crew.  The cost of the trip will be around $1500 per participant which will include food and lodging at Philmont and transportation to and from plus crew gear and travel shirts.  Youth must be 14 or 13 and out of 8th grade as of the trek dates.  Youth ladies are encouraged to attend using the Crew 71 slots.  Adult females may participate in either Troop 71 or Crew 71 treks.  There will be several practice hikes during the next 18 months to get folks prepared for the trip.  We highly recommend that all scouts and scouters seriously consider this life changing opportunity and let the appropriate person listed below know of your interest and make arrangements for payment of your deposit of $150 ASAP.  

For either of these High Adventure Trips we need to know who is definitely interested in these opportunities by mid January 2015 so that we can commit to reservations by sending crew deposits.  Please let  the appropriate person listed below know of your interest and make arrangements for payment ASAP and pay a $150 deposit before 23 Jan 2015.  All money will be collected by the Troop 71 treasurer Stan Leszczuk.  We do our best to manage finances so that if anyone has to cancel out we can minimize their losses.  Feel free to forward this opportunity to anyone that you feel may be interested.  Both of these opportunities can be life changing events in a person's life.

Troop 71 CC

Ray Blowers

1725 Pierce Dr.

Beavercreek, Oh 45432

(937) 429-2191

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Crew 71 CC

Irv Martin

1954 E. Skyview Dr

Beavercreek, Oh 45432

(937) 426-4985

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T/C 71 Treasurer

Stan Leszczuk

7401 Union Schoolhouse Rd.

Dayton, Oh 456424

(937) 236-8861

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