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Campfire Stories

The Fun Behind The Flame

By: Emily Schmidt

Philmont is home to thirty-two staffed backcountry camps; nine of which host campfire shows. These shows are rich with the history of Colfax county from a time before it hosted Philmont. Each one tells a different story - from the history of the old logging and mining camps to the ghost stories of Urraca Mesa. They are fun for the whole crew as many of the shows allow the scouts to interact with the performances.

The staff at many of these nine camps host living history programs and take on the roles of the people who settled the land Philmont resides on now. The shows they perform use music to give a history lesson in a way that illustrates the grit of the land.

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