Words from the Chief
Lodge executive Meeting
Tree Lot Teardown Service
Lodge Business Meeting
Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier high-adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.
Philmont Scout Ranch, set in the mountains and mesas of northern New Mexico is 137,493 acres in size with elevations from 6, 000 to 12,441. Deer, elk, mountain lion, bear, bobcat, buffalo and antelope can be seen within its forested mountains and grassy plains from the 330 miles of horse and hiking trails. Philmont is a working cattle ranch where over 250 head of Hereford cattle graze in its pastures. One hundred burros and 300 saddle horses are maintained for summer packing and riding. Some say Philmont is to Scouting as Everest is to mountaineering..
The twelve-day backpacking expedition (plus two travel days) will consist of mountain climbing, technical rock climbing, archaeological excavation techniques and blacksmithing, as the Scouts travel from backcountry camp to camp. Scouts will have an opportunity to ride western saddle horses and pan for gold.
The cost per Scout will be $560 (plus transportation fees which are estimated at $425 and spending money). A first non-refundable payment of $50/Scout and application form is due ASAP. The final payment due February, 2008. All applicants will be interviewed and their Scoutmaster consulted as to their maturity and stamina for the rigorous trip. Final decisions will be made by Mr. Rich Harms and the three other ASMs.
Contact Mr. Harms if you are interested in going to Philmont!
14 New Ordeal members inducted
Hungteetsepoppi Lodge welcomed 14 new Ordeal and 6 new Brotherhood members at the Fall Ordeal on October 19-21. On a chilly, rainy Friday night, Lodge members and Ordeal candidates made a lengthy drive up to Camp Augusta. The rain stopped when the ceremony team performed the opening Ordeal Ceremony. On Saturday, after a chilly night, the rain went away and the remainder of the weekend was nice and sunny. Saturday, 42 cheerful Lodge members and silent Ordeal candidates worked on irksome tasks that included projects like: replacing wood panels around a dumpster that was destroyed by a tree, moving the floating dock to the boathouse for the winter, winterizing the garden and planting a cover crop, and removing the gate to the road below the garden path. Because of the rain on Friday, control burn conditions were ideal. So OA members had lots of fun clearing the burn pile and it was amazing to use an arrow and gasoline to light the pile on fire. Then later that evening, we finished off the day with the Ordeal and Brotherhood Ceremonies. The ceremonies were followed by a well-deserved dinner. Having completed their weighty responsibilities, OA members decamped after Sunday morning breakfast and headed back to Piedmont.
2007 Lodge Fall Banquet
On Sunday, November 11, Hungteetsepoppi Lodge held its annual banquet. Several new members, recently inducted by their Ordeal, joined the familiar faces around the table. After the attendees got their delicious dinner of ribs, chicken, corn muffins, and pie, the main segment of the meeting began.
First off was the calling out of dedicated OA member Jacob A. for the prestigious honor of Vigil. Jacob accepted this with honor as the crowd raucously applauded. Also given were two Founders Awards, to Jim Faison and Kevin Clark, for their continued service efforts beyond what is required of them in the OA.
After a promotional video for the camping and service opportunities of Arrowcorp 5, guest speaker Peter Harvey delivered a presentation on the work he has done for NASA. He first showed videos of the complicated process of launching a spacecraft. It was fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes when preparing a small, highly technical machine for the harsh conditions of the upper atmosphere and outer space. Mr. Harvey followed this with some rather unsettling information. He told the stunned crowd that the earthquake that led to the tragic tsunamis in Asia in 2004 may have been caused by a sudden cosmic energy burst that completely destroyed countless planets, and caused a gravitational disturbance on Earth. With this humbling example he stressed the importance of eating dessert first.
Lodge member and distingushed NASA Project Manager Peter Harvey, gives a fantastic presentation on the satellite systems that he has been responsible for, and what they have learned from them.
Coyote Hills Cub Overnight Pictures
A portion of the Cubs and parent assemble for a pictures on Sunday.
The lodge members who attended and helped on the overnight.
Shasta - Trinity National Forest
Shasta - Trinity National Forest
Cub Overnight 2007
Over the weekend of November 10th and 11th, the lodge sponsored a Cub Scout overnight at Coyote Hills. We arrived at 2:00pm Saturday, set up camp and the cubs and lodge members went on a hike. It was drizzling but the boys didn't seem to notice. The cubs were happy to have the chance to hike with the big guys. After the hike there was a demonstration about backpacking equiptment and then we served a hamburger dinner. After was time to gather with hot cocoa around the campfire. Up until then there were light showers but nothing too rough. Before bed the bigger scouts took some younger cubs on a night hike up the hill where some saw owls.
See a couple of the pictures of the overnight to the left.
Did you know....
James M. III (middle) was inducted into the lodge at the Ordeal, while Seamus and Jim Sr. became lodge members back in the dim ages.
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