Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philturn

April 2020

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 2 hours

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane

As I've mentioned in an earlier post, I was really confused when I saw patches for Philturn Rockey Mountain Scout Camp. Was this some other councils summer camp? Perhaps another high adventure program? There must be an answer! (Yes, I Googled it eventually.) Philmont Scout Ranch, as we know it today, began in 1938 after Tulsa oilman Waite Phillips donated his summer home Villa Philmont , the UU ranch of 35,857 acres and livestock to the Boy Scouts of America.  The name Philturn come from a combination of the Phillipps last name and the Boy Scout slogan "Do a good turn daily". A great page to see some of the early days of Philturn Rockey Mountain Scout Camp can be found here.

Carved from pallet southern yellow pine, this is a multi-level slide (even though it doesn't look like it in the picture. The Philturn logo is the top-level followed by the Tooth of Time. The near foreground is next with the sky and lake rounding out the center. The lowest level is the circle on the outside and the three spikes extending to the base of the slide. Hobby paints and paint pens were used to decorate the slide with waterslide paper for the lettering. A couple of coats of poly finish the slide.

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