MCCS Biennial Philmont Conference
MCCS Prepares for Philmont 2014
Thanks to the faithful attendance of Church of Christ Scouters to Philmont in recent years, MCCS has been granted the opportunity to conduct it's own seminar at Philmont 2014: "Scouting in the Church of Christ."
Make plans to attend this great conference at the Philmont Training Center conference in summer of 2014.
For further information on prices and enrollment, contact MCCS and let us know you are interested and we will send you more information as it becomes available. Kent Barnett, MCCS Executive Director, said he hopes the 2014 seminar can, "continue to improve relations between churches and Scouting, and result in many more church-chartered Scouting units."
There will also be opportunities for worship and singing, Barnett said, and, "obviously, we'll have plenty of fellowship. It's our goal to have at least 40 attendees for the conference plus family members attend this fun week."
For those family members not attending the seminar, Philmont offers various staffed activities for the entire family. Youths 14 - 21 whose parent attends Philmont 2014 will also be guaranteed a spot a Mountain Trek, at an additional cost.
Philmont Training Center (PTC) is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeastern New Mexico. Rich in history and natural beauty, the PTC offers exciting, educational experiences for the entire family.
Conference schedules permit ample time for family activities in the evenings. The participants will have Wednesday off to do Philmont activities such as hikes, horseback rides, handicraft, museum tours, shop the trading post or drive to nearby mountain towns such as Red River, Eagle’s Nest and Taos.
There are staff-led programs for all ages during the day while the participant is in the conference training. Families eat three meals a day together in the dining hall. Spouses are kept busy with tours, hikes, crafts and activities – as many or as few as they chose to attend.
Conference participants will cover many topics during the week such as, how to develop relationships with local congregations to promote a Scouting ministry and to encourage youth to utilize and earn the Servant Leadership religious awards.
Participants for the conference must be registered in Boy Scouts of America. The other family members are not required to be registered in Scouting. Go to www.myscouting.org and register under the Events link. You must have a B.S.A. membership number. The number is on your membership card or call your local council to obtain it.
Our History and Involvement with the Philmont Training Center
John Clardy (deceased), Jim Swafford (deceased), Gene Linder, Glen Johnson, Bobbie Lee Wolfe, Charlie Marler, Don McClaugherty and Ralph Wallace were the first MCCS members to attend Philmont in 1988
In June of 1988, eight Scout leaders attended the Philmont Training Center's Scouting in the Church's Ministry conference near Cimarron, New Mexico. The seventh of such conferences took place July 16-22, 2006. To date, about 200 MCCS adult leaders have taken advantage of this training.
MCCS has had a presence at the "Relationships Week" conference on every even year since 1994.
The "Scouting in the Church's Ministry" conference equips church leaders and Scouters to use Scouting as a resource in their ministry to children, youth and families. Emphasis will be given to outreach, leadership development and intergenerational activities.
Anyone involved with church youth is encouraged to attend. Attendees find fun and fellowship with other Christian Scouters in the beauty of some of the most majestic country in God's creation. In addition to the conference, there are activities for the rest of the family from childcare for the very young, to week-long guided mountain treks for teens and activities catering to adults of all ages.
MCCS Attendees at the 2006 Philmont Conference
The next "Scouting in the Churches of Christ" conference that MCCS will conduct will be July 27 - August 2, 2008. Those interested in attending should contact Kent Barnett via our contact page and request a Philmont brochure on how to register for the conference.
MCCS Attendees at the 2004 Philmont Conference
About Philmont Training Center
Serving as the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America since 1950, the Philmont Training Center (PTC) provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.
Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. Invitation to these conferences is upon recommendation of the local council or a national committee (such as MCCS).
For more information about the Philmont Training Center, go to www.philmonttrainingcenter.org.