Philmont Advisor Skills School, coming to a city near you, gets you trek-ready

Philmont Advisor Skills School, coming to a city near you, gets you trek-ready
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Philmont Advisor Skills School, coming to a city near you, gets you trek-ready

By Bryan Wendell on Aug 18, 2016
Philmont PASSHiking around your neighborhood wearing a brick-filled backpack is a good way to get your body in shape for Philmont.

But what about your mind?

That’s where the Philmont Advisor Skills School and Philmont Advisor Workshop really shine.

These courses — offered both at Philmont and in a city near you — are designed for adult advisors signed up to take a Philmont trek in 2017 or 2018. But, really, anyone interested in learning more about Philmont is invited.

If you’re committed to making your Philmont trek a great experience for the guys and girls in your troop or crew, you really should make plans to attend. Successful Philmont crews begin regular planning meetings and practice hikes more than a year before their trek, and these courses focus your efforts with information straight from the source.

Last year, more than 1,100 people attended. This year, that number will be even higher.

There are three flavors of courses, which I categorize as good, better and best.

Philmont Advisor Workshop

Good: Philmont Advisor Workshop

What: Two-hour evening workshops covering the basics about gear, conditioning and crew leadership

Where: Cities across the country.

When: The first course is Sept. 7. The final course is Nov. 10.

Cost: $10.

Website: Learn more, see dates and cities, and register at this link.

Field-PASS

Better: Philmont Advisor Skills School in the Field (Field–PASS)

What: One-day (eight-hour) courses that go in depth on backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont. You even get to try a Philmont-style trail lunch and dinner — so you know what kind of food you can expect.

Where: Cities across the country.

When: The first course is Sept. 10. The final course is Nov. 13.

Cost: $40.

Website: Learn more, see dates and cities, and register at this link.

PSR-PASS

Best: Philmont Advisor Skills School at Philmont (PSR–PASS)

What: Four-day, three-night courses offering the ultimate guide to a Philmont trek. Because people learn best by doing, participants at PSR–PASS head into the Philmont backcountry for an overnight experience that will prepare them for their actual trek.

Where: Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico.

When: These weekends (all are Friday to Monday)

  • Sept. 9-12
  • Sept. 16-19
  • Sept. 23-26
  • Oct. 7-10
  • Oct. 14-17
  • Oct. 21-24
  • Oct. 28-31

Cost: $99.

Website: Learn more and register at this link.

PASS and PAW video

Prefer your information in video form? Philmont has you covered:

Read in browser »
share on Twitter Like Philmont Advisor Skills School, coming to a city near you, gets you trek-ready on Facebook

John Nunn, Eagle Scout, competes in the longest track event in the Olympics

By Bryan Wendell on Aug 18, 2016
John Nunn at Rio OlympicsFinishing the longest track and field race in the Olympics takes perseverance.

Same with finishing the journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

Just ask John Nunn — one of the few to have done both. Nunn, 38, is an Eagle Scout who will compete in Friday’s 50-kilometer race walk at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He’s the only American in the race.

And get this: Nunn says the traits and skills he acquired in Scouting helped prepare him to compete in what will be his third Olympic Games (2004, 2012 and 2016).

Race walking, according to U.S. Track and Field, is a lower-impact form of movement that’s gaining in worldwide popularity. Unlike running, where there are moments where neither foot is touching the ground, race walking requires the competitor to maintain contact with the ground at all times.

The leading leg must be “straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground” and “remain straightened until the leg passes under the body.” Judges watch the racers and report fouls.

Though there are longer cycling races, no Olympics race completed entirely on foot is longer than the 50K race walk. Racers travel more than 31 miles — longer even than the marathon.

The sport’s name can be deceiving; this is no walk along Copacabana beach.

The 50K race walk world record, set by a Frenchman in 2014, is 3 hours, 32 minutes, 33 seconds. If you’ve ever run a competitive 5K, consider this: That pace is the equivalent of finishing a 5K in 21 minutes, 15 seconds … and then doing nine more 5Ks at the same pace.

A strong Scouting foundation

Nunn earned Eagle in 1992 and says his favorite Scout memories were summer weeks spent at Camp Alexander in Lake George, Colo.

For his Eagle project, Nunn collected more than 2 tons of clothing and goods for a small community in Russia.

Growing up, he made time to compete in cross-country races and be a Boy Scout. He thanks his parents and his Scoutmaster for keeping him pointed toward the finish line.

“The two go hand in hand,” Nunn says of balancing Scouting and athletics. “You learn how to manage time and make both priorities. There is enough time in the day for both.”

Nunn says that he learned perseverance while completing requirements toward the Eagle Scout award — a trait that helps him compete in a race that lasts more than three hours.

“The traits and skills you acquire while in Scouting will only set you up for success in anything you go after later in life,” he says. “Do all you can to get your Eagle, as that ability to persevere to the end will be a quality that will make you stand out among your peers.”

Nunn says Scouting helped make him the man he is today. A man who is friendly, courteous and kind — as anyone who follows his adventures on Twitter can see.

“The biggest asset I took away from my time in Scouting is serving those around you and treating others in a manner that your mother would be proud of,” he says. “The world needs more kindness today, and that is a major attribute that Scouts taught me.”

How to watch John Nunn

No American has medaled in the 50K race walk since 1972. Will Nunn end the drought?

Coverage of the race begins at 7 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 19. You can watch it live online.

Read in browser »
share on Twitter Like John Nunn, Eagle Scout, competes in the longest track event in the Olympics on Facebook

Posts you might have missed:

Parents of Eagle Scout and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held tell their story
Greg Billington, Olympic triathlete and Eagle Scout, found a way to do it all
What makes summer camp great? This Scout gives the best possible answer
Rob Munn, Eagle Scout, hopes to power eight-man rowing team to gold
Kodiak Challenge offers hands-on leadership training for Scouts and Venturers

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The latest news from Scouting magazine’s blog for adult leaders.

Philmont Advisor Skills School, coming to a city near you, gets you trek-ready

By Bryan Wendell on Aug 18, 2016
Philmont PASSHiking around your neighborhood wearing a brick-filled backpack is a good way to get your body in shape for Philmont.

But what about your mind?

That’s where the Philmont Advisor Skills School and Philmont Advisor Workshop really shine.

These courses — offered both at Philmont and in a city near you — are designed for adult advisors signed up to take a Philmont trek in 2017 or 2018. But, really, anyone interested in learning more about Philmont is invited.

If you’re committed to making your Philmont trek a great experience for the guys and girls in your troop or crew, you really should make plans to attend. Successful Philmont crews begin regular planning meetings and practice hikes more than a year before their trek, and these courses focus your efforts with information straight from the source.

Last year, more than 1,100 people attended. This year, that number will be even higher.

There are three flavors of courses, which I categorize as good, better and best.

Philmont Advisor Workshop

Good: Philmont Advisor Workshop

What: Two-hour evening workshops covering the basics about gear, conditioning and crew leadership

Where: Cities across the country.

When: The first course is Sept. 7. The final course is Nov. 10.

Cost: $10.

Website: Learn more, see dates and cities, and register at this link.

Field-PASS

Better: Philmont Advisor Skills School in the Field (Field–PASS)

What: One-day (eight-hour) courses that go in depth on backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont. You even get to try a Philmont-style trail lunch and dinner — so you know what kind of food you can expect.

Where: Cities across the country.

When: The first course is Sept. 10. The final course is Nov. 13.

Cost: $40.

Website: Learn more, see dates and cities, and register at this link.

PSR-PASS

Best: Philmont Advisor Skills School at Philmont (PSR–PASS)

What: Four-day, three-night courses offering the ultimate guide to a Philmont trek. Because people learn best by doing, participants at PSR–PASS head into the Philmont backcountry for an overnight experience that will prepare them for their actual trek.

Where: Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico.

When: These weekends (all are Friday to Monday)

  • Sept. 9-12
  • Sept. 16-19
  • Sept. 23-26
  • Oct. 7-10
  • Oct. 14-17
  • Oct. 21-24
  • Oct. 28-31

Cost: $99.

Website: Learn more and register at this link.

PASS and PAW video

Prefer your information in video form? Philmont has you covered:

Read in browser »
share on Twitter Like Philmont Advisor Skills School, coming to a city near you, gets you trek-ready on Facebook

John Nunn, Eagle Scout, competes in the longest track event in the Olympics

By Bryan Wendell on Aug 18, 2016
John Nunn at Rio OlympicsFinishing the longest track and field race in the Olympics takes perseverance.

Same with finishing the journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

Just ask John Nunn — one of the few to have done both. Nunn, 38, is an Eagle Scout who will compete in Friday’s 50-kilometer race walk at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He’s the only American in the race.

And get this: Nunn says the traits and skills he acquired in Scouting helped prepare him to compete in what will be his third Olympic Games (2004, 2012 and 2016).

Race walking, according to U.S. Track and Field, is a lower-impact form of movement that’s gaining in worldwide popularity. Unlike running, where there are moments where neither foot is touching the ground, race walking requires the competitor to maintain contact with the ground at all times.

The leading leg must be “straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground” and “remain straightened until the leg passes under the body.” Judges watch the racers and report fouls.

Though there are longer cycling races, no Olympics race completed entirely on foot is longer than the 50K race walk. Racers travel more than 31 miles — longer even than the marathon.

The sport’s name can be deceiving; this is no walk along Copacabana beach.

The 50K race walk world record, set by a Frenchman in 2014, is 3 hours, 32 minutes, 33 seconds. If you’ve ever run a competitive 5K, consider this: That pace is the equivalent of finishing a 5K in 21 minutes, 15 seconds … and then doing nine more 5Ks at the same pace.

A strong Scouting foundation

Nunn earned Eagle in 1992 and says his favorite Scout memories were summer weeks spent at Camp Alexander in Lake George, Colo.

For his Eagle project, Nunn collected more than 2 tons of clothing and goods for a small community in Russia.

Growing up, he made time to compete in cross-country races and be a Boy Scout. He thanks his parents and his Scoutmaster for keeping him pointed toward the finish line.

“The two go hand in hand,” Nunn says of balancing Scouting and athletics. “You learn how to manage time and make both priorities. There is enough time in the day for both.”

Nunn says that he learned perseverance while completing requirements toward the Eagle Scout award — a trait that helps him compete in a race that lasts more than three hours.

“The traits and skills you acquire while in Scouting will only set you up for success in anything you go after later in life,” he says. “Do all you can to get your Eagle, as that ability to persevere to the end will be a quality that will make you stand out among your peers.”

Nunn says Scouting helped make him the man he is today. A man who is friendly, courteous and kind — as anyone who follows his adventures on Twitter can see.

“The biggest asset I took away from my time in Scouting is serving those around you and treating others in a manner that your mother would be proud of,” he says. “The world needs more kindness today, and that is a major attribute that Scouts taught me.”

How to watch John Nunn

No American has medaled in the 50K race walk since 1972. Will Nunn end the drought?

Coverage of the race begins at 7 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 19. You can watch it live online.

Read in browser »
share on Twitter Like John Nunn, Eagle Scout, competes in the longest track event in the Olympics on Facebook

Posts you might have missed:

Parents of Eagle Scout and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held tell their story
Greg Billington, Olympic triathlete and Eagle Scout, found a way to do it all
What makes summer camp great? This Scout gives the best possible answer
Rob Munn, Eagle Scout, hopes to power eight-man rowing team to gold
Kodiak Challenge offers hands-on leadership training for Scouts and Venturers

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Website
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