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| Each year Patriots’ Path Scouts and Venturers begin an 18-month journey to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Along the way they and their entire family experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, called the Watchu Experience, our Trail to Philmont. The Watchu Experience has five distinct phases:
A crew showing off their expedition
T-shirts at the Cimarron
Art Gallery soda fountain.
|Welcome to the Watchu Mountain Outfitters trading post. A variety of Watchu gear is available to members of the Patriots' Path contingents - click HERE to enter the trading post.
Every purchase of merchandise helps to contain costs for all Patriots' Path contingent crews. All profits go directly into the Watchu program; strictly for the benefit of the Watchu/Philmont participants.
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In general the Watchu Network is an efficient means of providing information. However, at times there are issues with Internet service providers (especially Comcast). If you are missing a particular Watchu Gram, click on the button below to see all that have been sent to date. If you are an advisor and not receiving Watchu Grams, let Chief Watchu know by clicking HERE.
In addition, each crew is encouraged to create their own Family Network by including all crew member families in a single group within your e-mail address book. This will bring the youth and family members of the crew into the Watchu Network. Watchu Grams should be distributed to all crew members, as well as your own crew-specific messages regarding meetings, shakedowns and other crew activities. Share the responsibility of digesting this information. We know it works, try it.
Each member of Patriots' Path Philmont contingents is asked to sign the Watchu Wilderness Pledge, which focuses on the first point of the Philmont pledge – litter and graffiti. Throughout the ten months of the Watchu Experience, while on shakedown activities, the Watchu Mountain Adventure, the Colorado Tour, and at Philmont each crew member is expected to mitigate litter and graffiti problems caused by thoughtless campers before them and (of course) not contribute to the problem by creating more.
Specifically, each crew member is asked to:
The Watchu Mountain Adventure (WMA) is designed to play a critical role in each crews' preparation process. The WMA is held the first weekend in May. It is a weekend of simulated Philmont experiences; including camping, cooking, backpacking, and backcountry living. One of the highlights is a “rugged” 8-mile hike designed to test each crews' hiking readiness.
All crews and all crew members are expected to attend. Often the Watchu Mountain Adventure is referred to as “a mid-term exam” because Watchu serves to define the “gaps” between “where the crew is in it’s preparation ” and “where it needs to be to be ready”. It is a weekend of self-evaluation.
Each crew returns home with a concrete list of gaps which must be closed during the remaining weeks before leaving for New Mexico. These gaps define the final weeks of crew development and training. According to Chief Watchu, closing the gaps will assure a wonderful experience.Use the following links for additional information:
It is expected all participants will find the Watchu Mountain Adventure challenging, exciting, fun filled, and most of all, inspiring. Welcome to Watchu!