Philmont Training Center -- Part V, Senores


See also:
  1. Part I: Registration and Program Decisions
  2. Part II: Chicas Program
  3. Part III: Parking, Trading Post, Others
  4. Part IV: Boy Scout Program
  5. Part V: Senores
  6. Part VI: The Classes
  7. Part VII: The Staff

Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 11:18:39 -0700
From: "Donald S. Roberts" <don@hummellawfirm.com>
Subject: [Philmont]: PTC Experience - Part V, Senores
My wife accompanied me to PTC, along with our two kids. Parts II and IV dealt with the kids, so now we look at the spouse program. Senores is an unfortunate name in this day when there are both male and female scouters. In fact, at least one couple we got to know at PTC, wife going to classes, husband non-Scouter, felt a bit put out by the name, and the husband was a little reluctant to join in. As the vast majority of scouters at PTC (at least during our week) was still male, the vast majority of the Senores is still female, so I'm not sure what Philmont can do about it.

The Senores group was big. During closing campfire, when each of the family groups was doing its skits, the next group was to go back stage to be on deck. When it was time for the Senores to be on deck, the staff said that the Senores had to stay in their seats because "we need an audience." :-)

The Senores has an extremely flexible schedule. Unlike the regimented programs for the kids, the Senores basically sign up for what they want to do throughout the week. They still do things as groups each day (other than family day Wednesday), but they split up into smaller groups to do different things. Sometimes it is just a matter of different times for each group to do the same things (the Senores are such a large group, they have little choice). The activities for the week are highly dependent on what the individuals want to do, so there is no guarantee that any particular activity will occur. For instance, they had signups for a morning and an afternoon horse riding session. However, so few signed up for horse riding, one session was cancelled.

There are a large number of things to do, from day hikes, visits to surrounding communities and museums, going a bit further to places like Fort Union and Taos or even Santa Fe, etc. My wife selected three sessions of COPE (you had to do three to get to do the zip line, which was her goal). The zip line starts you about 50 feet off the ground, and you attach to a wire on a pulley and zip down about 80 yards. My wife let go and went down spread eagled, she had a great time with that one. Fortunate, my class was touring the COPE area when she was going on the zip line and I was able to get pictures. Hopefully they'll come out.

She also elected to go to Indian Writings, the archaeological dig in North country. Villa Philmonte, Rayado, etc. She never got time to go into Cimarron, though our kids did go with another family at one point. They really enjoyed the St. James and the Old Mill (my son, having discovered patch trading, was very impressed with their patch collection).

We went to Santa Fe and Fort Union on our way to Philmont, so she didn't elect either of those (both are HIGHLY worth visiting, however). She also did not choose the outing to Raton. My wife is not the shopper type (count those blessings, Don), she's more into active stuff and museums.

I know some of the men went on hikes, did COPE and Indian Writings, not sure what other non-participant male spouses did.

There is so much variety in the Senores program I can't do it justice. I will put it this way. As we left, I asked my wife if she wants to go again. Her face lit up and she enthusiastically responded immediately "YES!"

Regards
Don


See also:
  1. Part I: Registration and Program Decisions
  2. Part II: Chicas Program
  3. Part III: Parking, Trading Post, Others
  4. Part IV: Boy Scout Program
  5. Part V: Senores
  6. Part VI: The Classes
  7. Part VII: The Staff

See also:

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