Responding to Tragedy at Philmont

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As you may have heard, Philmont’s north country was hit by massive flash flooding on Saturday, June 27. Several Scouts were swept away by floodwaters, and one of them died. This is a tragic situation for that Scout’s family and troop, of course, but also for many others at the ranch. A number of crews and staffed camps lost gear, for example, and there is evidently a lot of damage to the area.

The Philmont Staff Association has set up a fund through which you can make monetary donations to help with recovery efforts at the ranch. When you visit Philmont Flood Relief, you can make donations in multiples of $5 using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and PayPal. That page also has information on sending care packages and other items. (As an aside, money is usually the best thing to send in the case of a faraway disaster, both because it gets there quicker and because it can be used as needed as the situation evolves.)

The Philmont Staff Association’s public Facebook page (Philmont Staff Association on Facebook) is a good place to go for up-to-date information on the disaster.

Deaths and serious injuries do occur on rare occasion in Scouting, despite all our best efforts to provide a safe program. If you haven’t done so recently, this is a good time to review the Guide to Safe Scouting. The appendix includes detailed information on how to report deaths and serious injuries–which I hope you will never have to do!

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