Category Archives: High Adventure

They made it!

my wife and kids just sent me this from Philmont. I am very proud of these three!!




Suzette, Cameron and Carly are off to Philmont. I can’t express how proud and happy I am for each of them. They will do great!  Happy trails guys! 


2013 Jamboree

My youngest son, Cameron, is off to the 2013 Boy Scout National Jamboree. I hope he has the time of his life. Safe travels!




Ready – Set – Go!


This week we had a meeting to restart our Venturing Crew.  It has been three years since Venturing Crew 168 has had any active youth involved in it but that all changed this week.  At our meeting this week we had six girls and two boys and parents of another boy (who was out of town) attend.  I wasn’t really sure going in what to expect but was pleased with the turnout.  Since that meeting there have been other inquiries and we now have potential for ELEVEN girls and more boys from our Troop.  My wife, Suzette, has assumed the role of Crew Advisor and she is fired up with the results. 

Since that meeting the Crew has hit the ground running.  Some will be participating as the color guard with Troop 168 and Pack 163 at a 4th of July parade.  Several will go camping with Troop 168 at the Alabaster Caverns in NW Oklahoma to go wild caving.  Both should be a fun time. 

I will keep you informed on how thing are going.

Summer Camp 2012

Cameron and I

This year Troop 168 attended camp at our Council owned camp, Slippery Falls Scout Ranch.  The last time we were there was 2010.  Before that it had been 9 years since our Scouts had chosen to go to Slip.  This was my sixth Boy Scout summer camp as an adult leader.  Of all the camps I have attended I have to say that this is the best camp we have attended since I have been in the Troop.

One of the things (and there are many) that I will always remember about this summer camp is this was the first summer camp for my youngest son, Cameron. Another is that he earned Tenderfoot on the last night camp along with the rest of his patrol that were there.  Many of the Scouts in his “new Scout” patrol were ready to advance with the exception of making a Patrol Flag.  They created that at camp and then had Scoutmaster conferences and Boards of Review.

This was also the first time I had to go to camp without my oldest son, Drew.  My wife and him left on Wednesday of camp for their own adventure to the Florida National Sea Base.  They got to spend the week on a 71′ schooner called Pirates Lady.  They spent the week with other members of our Troop and District, snorkeling, fishing and sailing in the Florida Keys. 

I had a great time at camp with Cameron but I really missed not having Drew there.  Next year will be the last opportunity I get to go to camp with my sons btoh still a youth in the program.  I am looking forward to it and have been since 2007.

To go or not to go? That is the question!

So I have run into a dilemma in my Scouting career. It is not a big problem and one that should be easily answered but a dilemma none the less.  I am trying to decide if I want to staff to the 2013 Jamboree.  For most people this is a no brainier but for me it presents a real challenge.

As many of you know I am seriously overweight. I made an attempt to to lose the weight to go on a Philmont Trek with our Troop and failed miserably.  Following that my son decided that he did not want to go to Philmont and dropped from the crew.  It was a decision that nearly broke my heart.  I so want him to go to Philmont and fear that he will regret not going later in life.  Since that time he has signed up for a Sea Base Crew together with my wife and will be going in June.  That eases the pain and I am finally over it.

Since my post about the Philmont Journey my youngest son has crossed over to the Troop and is now signed up to attend the 2013 Jamboree at the Summit.  My oldest son went in 2010 and was a Patrol Leader and has not interest in attending as a participant again.  We have talked and he does seem to have some interest in going as OA Staff but nothing definite yet.  I would like the opportunity to go as staff and be there with both of my sons.

Per everything the BSA has put out there will be strict guidelines in regards to the BMI a person must have in order to attend.  I get that in my current shape that I would be a risk so I have to abide by the standards.  Below is the video that Tico Perez made regarding the standards.

So that brings me to today.  In order for me to be able to attend I must lose over 100 pounds.  I would like to go but that is a huge task.  I have actually started the application process but right now I have stopped and I am trying to make the decision if I can actually pull this thing off or not.  So what do you think? Could you do it?  Let me know.

My Journey to Philmont

imageExcuse me while I vent but something has been eating at me lately.

I have struggled with my weight since I was a child.  I have always been bigger than most people my age.  As a senior in high school I weighed a whopping 235 pounds at 6’2″ tall and was informed that I was ‘fat’.

Recently, our Troop and our Crew each drew a spot for Philmont in 2012 and I was asked if I wanted to go.  My son, Drew, will be on one of the treks so it was a given that I want to go.  The only problem I have is there is 130 lbs standing between me and that adventure.  We do not go until July 2012 so the weight loss may be possible but very difficult.  After trying to do it and losing 48 lbs I have managed to fall back into my old ways and gain some of it back.  Well, probably most of it.

My son also struggles with his weight.  At 15 he is 6’2″ and weighs just under 300 lbs.  Keep in mind that he plays football and A LOT of that bulk is muscle as the kid is very strong.  Drew also has pounds to lose before he can go on the Trek.

While I understand the BSA’s policy on height and weight for high adventure let me just say that I think it sucks!  There is no consideration for a kid like Drew who is athletic and involved in sports and can outwork and probably outhike most scrawny kids that need to lose nothing to go on a trek at Philmont.  They only look at the overall picture and give the good old blanket policy:  punish everyone for one person’s mistake.

Being the great role model that I am I ride him about what he eats all the time while doing little to nothing to change my own bad habits.  The other day he was eating something unhealthy and I got onto him for doing so and his response was “what about you?”  When I informed him that I was not going to Philmont next year he commented that I would lose the weight and go with his little brother but not with him.  The more I replay that comment in my mind the more it hurts but it also motivates.

So I am committing to try to lose the weight no matter what it takes.  I may not make it but in the end I will be healthier for it.  One of the Scouters (SM_Shawn) told me this the other day about weight loss:   “It’s for the family. It’s for the scouts. It’s for yourself”…rinse, repeat.

Drew, you got your wish.  Dad is going to do his best to hike to the top of Baldy with you in 2012.

I will keep you posted!

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