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More great photos, video from the Philmont Photo Workshop

Get some of the nation’s top photographers together with a bunch of eager amateurs, and what’s the result? Perfect pictures.

Want proof? Look no further than Brent Uberty, who serves as Western Region Venturing President on the National Youth Cabinet of the Boy Scouts of America.

Uberty and 32 other skilled amateurs and professionals have gathered this week at the 2011 Philmont Photographic Workshop, hosted by the BSA and Canon USA.

Who’s teaching them? The workshop team includes Ken Sklute, who has been honored as a Canon Explorer of Light, a designation shared by only 78 top photographers worldwide. Also on site is Al Satterwhite, who has shot on assignment for Life, Look, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated magazines. Learn more about the workshop by watching this introduction from workshop director Roger Morgan. Continue reading

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How to photograph a black-powder rifle being fired, and other lessons

Snapping a photo of a blink-of-an-eye event, like a black-powder rifle firing, takes a lot more than luck.

You need the right tools, proper preparation, and a lot of patience, says professional photographer Daniel Giles.

Giles is among the attendees at the 2011 Philmont Photographic Workshop, happening right now during a beautiful time to visit the BSA’s New Mexico high-adventure base. It’s hosted by the Boy Scouts of America and Canon USA.

This week, I’ll be sharing exclusive videos from the event. The aim of the videos — and the workshop itself — is to inspire, entertain, and educate you about the tricks and techniques that professional photographers use. Continue reading

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Philmont Training Center releases 2012 conference schedule

Thinking about next summer already?

You’re not alone. With summer camp behind you and the school year about to start, it’s natural for Scouters like you to start dreaming up their next big adventure.

That makes it the perfect time to check out Philmont’s recently released 2012 training center schedule. You can find it here.

As you’ve surely heard, a week at the Philmont Training Center (or PTC) makes for a great vacation. And it’s not just for Scouters. Bring your spouse and your kids — they’ll thank you profusely on the drive home. For more on that subject, read my blog post about why the PTC offers the “ultimate family vacation.”

Your first step is finding a training center course that suits you. Courses last a week and run from June 10 to Aug. 18. There’s also a special Fall Week in mid-September.

At PTC, you’re sure to find several appealing courses. Perhaps you’ll choose a timeless Scouting topic presented in a fresh way, such as “Putting More Outing in Scouting,” “Retaining Youth in Scouting,” or “Orienteering and Scouting.” Or maybe you’ll pick a course subject that didn’t exist 10 years ago, like “Social Media and Scouting.”

Registration opens two weeks from today, on Sept. 1, so you still have time to think it over. But don’t wait too long. Scouters who register before Jan. 1, 2012, receive a $25 discount on their conference fees.

Get goin’! Next summer will be here before you know it!

No Philmont landmark is more identifiable than the rugged Tooth of Time. (Photo by Phil Romans on Flickr)

Philmont’s summer season has officially begun

The calendar says summer doesn’t begin for a couple of weeks, but don’t tell that to the folks at Philmont.

Summer has arrived at the New Mexico high-adventure base. The first weeklong conference at the Philmont Training Center started yesterday.

And later this week, the first crews will begin their journey into Philmont’s legendary backcountry.

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Giveaway Thursday: Win a free Philmont DVD, Blu-ray, or book

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What’s the next-best thing to visiting Philmont? That’s easy: Winning Scouting magazine’s Thursday giveaway.

Sure, winning the giveaway won’t fill you with a lifetime of memories like visiting Philmont would. But, hey, at least this week’s winners will be figuratively transported to that hallowed New Mexico site through jaw-dropping pictures and unforgettable stories.

Did I say “winners”? As in more than one? Yep.

This week, three randomly selected entrants will get a prize:

Seeing Philmont in person is great. But until you’re able to do that, take a visit through Larry McLaughlin’s stellar documentary or James Sundergill’s inspiring book.

Here are the giveaway rules:

  • Many will enter; three will win.
  • Giveaway ends at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, March 24.
  • One entry per person.
  • Submit your entry below and include a working e-mail address. I’ll contact the winners by e-mail to arrange shipment of the prize.
  • I’ll use a random-number generator to select the winners after the entry deadline. Good luck!

Sorry, the entry deadline has passed. Here are the winners:

  • Philmont Blu-ray: Kurt Larson, Greater Pittsburgh Council
  • Philmont DVD: Todd S., San Diego Imperial Council
  • Philmont Book: Kelli Cupp, Heart of America Council


Last week’s winner:

    The winner of last Thursday’s giveaway was Richard Margrave of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council. I’ll send him the REI Zen sleeping bag. There were 884 entries in the giveaway.