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Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp, Philmont’s incredible training facility, officially opens

Rayado-patchTop-level leadership training has a new home: Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp.

Philmont’s advanced leadership development site will host NAYLE (the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience), the Philmont Leadership Challenge, a few Wood Badge courses (including the one I staffed) and other Philmont Training Center courses.

Scouts, Scouters and their families gathered on July 18 to dedicate the Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp and honor those who paved the way.

The dedication ceremony included recognition of Scout volunteers who have donated thousands of hours (and, in some cases, dollars) to the cause of adult and youth training for the Boy Scouts of America.

The names of these fine Scouters now grace the buildings, roads and campsites at Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp, meaning generations of Scouts and Scouters will know their names.

Rayado-ZaccaraNames like Dan Zaccara, whose Zacarra Leadership Lodge honors the man who served as the chairman of Boy Scout Leader Training and later of the National Volunteer Development Committee. He was a member of the task force that helped create modern Wood Badge.

Or the Stevens Learning Pavilion, where Mary Stevens is recognized for serving as chairwoman of the Advanced Leadership Training task force of the Boy Scout Training Committee and the National Volunteer Development Committee. She also led the effort to design NAYLE, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the Philmont Leadership Challenge.

And that’s not all. See a complete list of the honorees below, as printed in the dedication ceremony program. Click each image to enlarge:

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Bryan Wendell

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the senior editor of Scouting and Eagles' Call magazines. You can read more of his posts at blog.scoutingmagazine.org

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