“Bill Cass brings Jack Rhea back home to Philmont! Through interviews of many persons and meticulous research into records and archives, Bill Cass has again produced a well-narrated biography of a person who has made a significant contribution to Philmont and this country’s history…. I marvel about the living library the Philmont Staff Association is creating!”   – Greg Hobbs

“Wow – what a read! Building on the memoir Jack Rhea wrote about his youth, Bill Cass has done an incredible job of researching and presenting the remarkable, full life of Jack and those who were a part of his accomplishments. Jack Rhea left a footprint on Philmont – and, for that matter, on all of Scouting – beginning over 50 years ago that endures to this day and will for the foreseeable future.”   – Ned Gold

Jack Rhea was Philmont’s director of camping from 1954 through 1962 – a half century ago. Now, he is all but forgotten by the greater Philmont community. His accomplishments are, however, visible to everybody today because they have become part of Philmont’s very bedrock. No matter where you look, Jack Rhea left his mark. The Philmont Rangers. The twelve-day expedition. The iconic Philmont Arrowhead patch. The first radio system. The topographic map. Explosive growth at the Philmont Training Center. Tent City. Ranger City. The modern day Cimarroncito. Clarks Fork, Miners Park, and Indian Writings just to name a few of the camps Jack brought on stream.

This new book reveals the back stories behind those Philmont milestones and provides many insights into the life of Jack Rhea, the Depression era farm boy who became an Eagle Scout, championship basketball player, schoolteacher, cowboy high in the Colorado Rockies, loyal Scouter, and devoted family man. Its pages chronicle Jack Rhea’s perilous journey through World War II when he led young men in combat through France and Germany. Follow his remarkable career from professional Scouting field executive in Texas and Iowa to the highest levels of the National Office.

It’s a lot of book for the money too!

  • 384 pages
  • Over 100 photos
  • Authoritative, personal accounts
  • Definitive history of Philmont from 1954-1962
  • Dawn Chandler cover painting

Note: This book’s availability is expected for mid-December 2012; order now and be among the first to receive it.

Buy now for just $17.00, or get five for $15.00 each.

Thank you for supporting the Philmont Staff Association!