Who Can Come?
Youth must be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade by date of participation. To avoid disappointment, please do not request or expect exceptions! Requirements for Philmont participation cannot be relaxed. Participants must be physically fit, have proper clothing and equipment, and meet all Philmont health and weight requirements.
Qualified adult candidates will be selected for participation after an interview with members from the Council High Adventure Committee. Anyone interested in an advisor position should submit an application. Note: ALL adults must obtain the following certifications: Youth Protection, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Trek Safely, Weather Hazards, CPR/AED Training, Wilderness & Remote First Aid Training (WARFA).
PROJECTED COST: $2,300
2020 Philmont Trek Online Commitment & Registration
Philmont Trek Payment Form
What is included in the cost?
- All meals during the trip
- All pre-trip activities and lodging
- Shakedown weekend lodging and meals
- All airline transportation
- All Philmont Expedition costs.
What is not included in the cost?
- All equipment including stoves, tents, and maps
- All crew weekend conditioning hike expenses
- All emergency transportation expenses home
- All souvenir and snack money
- All medical exam or medical treatment fees
2020 Philmont Trek Meeting Schedule:
September 15, 2019 – 2:00-3:30 PM at Camp Tuckahoe (Parent’s Kick Off Meeting)
January 12, 2020 – 2:00-3:30 PM at Camp Tuckahoe (Contingent Meeting)
March 7, 2020 – 8:00 AM-12 Noon at Camp Tuckahoe (Leader’s Meeting)
April 24-26, 2020 at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation (Philmont Shakedown)
May 17, 2020 – 2:00-3:30 PM at Camp Tuckahoe (Parent’s Meeting)
CPR/AED Training will be held on February 22, 2020 from 12:30 – 5:00 PM at Camp Tuckahoe
Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training (WARFA) will be held on March 21-22, 2020 from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day at Camp Tuckahoe
About Philmont Scout Ranch
There is a magical spell about northern New Mexico and the Philmont area.
Long ago, the Indians (Native Americans) felt the strength and allure of the mountains, the clear, cold streams, the tall Ponderosa pines, and the clear skies of Sangre de Christo mountains. Later, Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell, and other mountain men were captivated by the Philmont Country. A century later, the late Waite Phillips found himself under its spell and bought most of the land, which he later donated to the Boy Scouts of America. Nearly half a century ago, Phillips’ son, Elliott, and his cousins found it almost a necessity to regularly return to Philmont during their high school and college summer vacations.
Since Philmont’s first camping season in 1939, more than 860,000 Scouts, Explorers and their leaders have participated in the rugged challenge of its backpacking program. Philmont’s camping season is from mid-June to late August. Scouts and Explorers must be in top physical condition, at least 14 years of age by January 1 of the year in which they attend or have completed the eighth grade, and registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Organized into crews of 7-12, including at least two adult leaders, participants hike Philmont’s mountains for ten full days, spending nights at various backcountry camps. At staffed camps, crews can participate in a variety of programs presented by Philmont backcountry staff. Among these programs are horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, rock climbing, 30.06 rifle shooting, archaeology, mountain biking and interpretive programs such as homesteading and mountain man rendezvous.
In addition to regular expeditions, Philmont offers several special programs. These include Cavalcades (expeditions on horseback), Mountain Men and Mountain Women (a provisional 6-day experience for family members of Training Center participants), Rayado Treks, an extended expedition for Scouts and Explorers who have attained a high degree of backpacking skill and who are at least 15 years or ninth grade graduates, and not yet 21, and Trail Crew, a 28-day combination trail building and expedition.
Important Philmont Links
- Philmont Website
- Philmont Equipment List
- Philmont Staff Association
- “Official Philmont Shakedown Preparation Guide – Part 1”
- “Official Philmont Shakedown Preparation Guide – Part 2”
- Medical Information
- Philmont Movie
- Philmont Promo Piece
- Raft Echo
- PhilCasts (Weekly Videos)
- About Wilderness First Aid
- Sign up for our Wilderness & Remote First Aid Training
- 2020 Philmont Trek Flyer coming soon!
- Philmont Trek Payment Form