The Philmont Documentary
This three-hour collection is for anyone who has been to Philmont, plans to go, or just wants to understand what all the excitement is about. The collection was produced over a three year span as a labor of love by longtime Philmont staffer, participant, and filmmaker Larry McLaughlin.This is the most comprehensive and emotional presentation of Philmont Scout Ranch ever made. A full length documentary follow a crew on an entire 11 day trek through all of it’s peaks and valleys. The film explores the history and development of Philmont through rare interviews with Waite Phillips son and most of the Philmont Program Directors from the past 50 years. Perfect for preparing crews to go to Philmont, recruiting new participants, informing parents or recapturing your memories of Philmont Scout Ranch! This is the ultimate keepsake for anyone who loves Philmont.
More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers, and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont since the first camping season in 1939. Throughout its existence, conscientious attention to low-impact camping techniques has helped maintain the Ranch's wilderness. I attended when I was a teenager which permitted me go on treks. Now that I work as a custom software developer I am keenly aware that lessons that I learned at Philmont such a working productively and co-operatively within a team, taking responsibility for one's actions, and understanding what a leadership role requires of an individual are still with me today. My love of backpacking also began during my summers at Philmont. I think this site is definitely worth keeping visible for online visitors to find. For a current site on the Philmont Scout Ranch go to: www.scouting.org/philmont.aspx
This collection is for anyone who has been to Philmont, plans to go, or just wants to understand what all the excitement is about.
For those who wish to revisit Philmont memories, gain more insight into its history and operations, or just want to share the magic with others back home- this is the ideal keepsake.
Filmed over 2 summers, this is the most comprehensive and beautiful collection of videos ever made about Philmont.
★Philmont (93 min) This film features the history, impact and beauty of Philmont Scout Ranch. The first 30 minutes tells the story of the Scout Ranch’s origins and development from Waite Phillips to today through archival photos, footage and rare interviews. The second part of the film underscores the significance and allure of Philmont today as it follows a crew’s experience through the peaks and valleys of a trek.
★Philmont Slideshow (11 min) A selection of Philmont’s best photographs spanning more than 70 years.
★Special Programs (8 min) Information & interviews on Philmont’s special programs including Rayado, Cavalcade, ROCS, Autumn Adventure and Kanik.
★The Animated Story of Philmont (5 min) An animated short comedy depicting the colorful history of the area in the centuries before the Boy Scouts.
★The Phillips’ Extended Interviews (21 min) Chope Philips speaks about his father, Waite Phillips, and his memories of growing up on the ranch before it was given to the BSA. Virginia Phillips shares stories of her father and mother in-law.
★The Sights & Sounds of Philmont (13 min) Beautiful scenery and natural sounds from around the ranch for when you need to get your Phil-fix from your living room.
★Philmont in Two - A two minute presentation for award ceremonies and other events when you have a short amount of time to give your audience a glimpse of Philmont.
Boys' Life Review of Philmont: The Movie
Four words: Philmont … in … high … definition. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the new documentary from former Philmont Scout Ranch staffer Larry McLaughlin.
The movie details the history of Philmont and even follows a crew through an entire Philmont experience. With 93 minutes of gorgeous HD video and photos, the movie is great for those who have been to Philmont and those to hope to someday go.
Reviews from Amazon
Aside from following a crew and the history section of this film, there is also video of the sights and sounds of Philmont. Through all of it, though at times there are multiple camera angles, all was shot by one man Larry McLaughlin who hike the trails with the crew, having to carry not just the video equipment, but periodically take the batteries to other locations for charging. The quality of the picture and sound is high and the extent that Larry has captured what Philmont is to those who have been is extraordinary. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone wanting to know more about Philmont or wanting to remember the incredible beauty of Philmont they experienced on a trek.
When I start trying to explain Philmont I always get lost in which angle to take. Do I explain the history, or the people, or the environment, or activities... There are so many aspects that make up each and every person's version of Philmont is just that- their own.
Which is why I now tell people to watch the movie now. Hauling out a photo album, a map, and various left over camp food is not good enough. Larry has done what I have tried to do via those various methods, and short of taking someone there to show and have them experience. If you know someone who has ever gone or thinks about going- this is the movie to share with them.
I also have to confess I have been lucky to have known "Dirty" Larry since my Staff days at Philmont. I was able to see him perform, and know the members of the Tabasco Donkeys. So I am biased- there I said it. However, he loves that land and people as much as anyone who has ever seen a sunrise there. So much so, he named his film company after the backcountry camp he loves the most.
The second portion of the documentary follows a Venturing Crew which has little experience in the outdoors. The coed Crew has somewhat typical experiences with challenges that they individually and as a group overcome. To a person, everyone in the Crew has a great time and wants to return one day.
There are several bonus features that add to the value of this DVD. The DVD is very well done, interesting, and a must have for all who have gone or are planning to go to Philmont. For those who know little about what Scouting is really about, I highly recommend this film. It will provide insight into the value of Scouting for America's youth.
If you are trying to decide what a trek would be like before going, or you want to relive the trek you took in the past (6-11-L1), take some advice from this Scoutmaster, buy this DVD. You won't be disappointed!