Philmont Cavalcade Lottery

Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2002 19:35:21 -0500
From: "Calvin H. Gray" <>
Subject: [Philmont]: Cavalcade Drawing
In reference to the Cavalcade program, someone asked "How hard is it to win that lottery?"

The next Cavalcade drawing, for 2004, will be held in January 2003.

My troop had a Cavalcade in 1998. We entered the drawing twice (for 1997 & 1998) to get that one. Due to the non-repeat rule, we couldn't enter for 1999. We entered for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, and were successful in the 2003 drawing.

When a unit is unsuccessful in the Cavalcade drawing, the unit's chances of being selected the following year improve as Philmont assigns "bonus points" to units which enter the drawing in consecutive years.

So, based on my experience, it takes from two to four years to book a Cavalcade. The good thing about this process is that is much, much less time consuming than the telephone call-in used for backpacking expeditions. And people don't get nearly as upset as a unit only sends in one entry per year which makes the process practically invisible except to the person listed as the contact.

The basic downside to the Cavalcade program is that crew members really have to "like" riding horses all day and smelling like a horse too. :-)

According to boys in my troop who have done both, the Cavalcade is more exhausting than the backpacking program because riders spend a great deal of time taking care of the horses and controlling them while riding. Basically, in a Cavalcade, the horses come first and the humans second. If crew members accept this fact, they will do fine. If not, the experience won't be very pleasurable.

Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Georgetown, Texas

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