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Return to the Summit of Scouting: A Scouter's Midlife Journey Back to Philmont

Join Bill Cass as he returns to Philmont as an expedition advisor and father, over two decades after having left the Ranch as a summer staffer.

• Find the adventure brought to young campers and their adult advisors in Philmont’s high country.
• Travel the length of the 137,000-acre Ranch with the author and other rangers as they prepare campers for their rugged backpacking experience.
• See Philmont from the perspective of a young man charged with the successful management of a key staffed camp.
• Climb to the heights with a typical expedition, and experience the thrill of reaching the tops of Philmont’s "magic mountains."

In Return to the Summit of Scouting, young campers discover themselves through trial by terrain and weather, accomplish goals through teamwork, and apply the basic skills of Scouting as they have never been applied before.

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