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Philmont Trip 2012

I am scheduling a meeting for Monday, January 10 at 8 pm (we will have PLC at 7 that evening) to provide information and answer any questions you might have about what a Philmont expedition entails, the process of preparing, costs, etc.  We'll try to keep it under an hour.  Here is the basic info:
1. Dates:  Philmont has given us the dates of August 4-16, 2012.
2. Cost: The expedition fee will be $740 per person, payable in three installments.  The first is a $100 deposit, which is due to Philmont by February 25, 2011.  Half-payments of the remainder (2 X $320) are due Oct. 1, 2011 and March 1, 2012.  There will be additional costs for travel and 1-2 nights' accommodations bookending the expedition.  Philmont does offer a "scholarship" program that would cover half the expedition fee.
3. Age requirement:  Each boy must be 14, or be 13 and have completed the eighth grade (i.e., a rising ninth grader) at arrival at Philmont. 
4. Crews:  We have pre-registered for two crews, meaning that we have potential space for up to 24 individuals, including as many as 20 boys.  Right now, the sign up list includes 12 boys and five adults.  That would function as two crews of 8 and 9 respectively (crews are 7-12 people).  Once we finalize commitments from our troop, we may be able to open up some slots for neighboring troops.
We will need to be prompt and give this some focused attention in order to set the crew sizes and make the deposit payment by February 25.  I will be the conduit to Philmont for any questions you need answered during this period.

Troop 007,
Jan 9, 2011, 9:26 PM