Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.

Philmont Equipment needed


Requirements and DetailsScouts that have previously attended Philmont are eligible to attend again provided that they will be under 18 years old, but priority will be given to Troop members that have not attended Philmont.

Kick-off meeting: December 18, 7:00 pm

Trek preparation information:

Shake-down hike: June 22-24 at Tettegouche State Park

Trek Dates: August 7-19, 2018 for 12 day trek or Aug 12-19, 2018 for 7 day trek

Length: 7 days & nights or 12 days & nights

Cost: Approximately $1,000 for 7 day trek, depending on mode of transportation.  A $100 non-refundable deposit is required by Monday, January 26th, 2015.

Age requirements: 2018 Philmont participants must be 14 years of age OR completed 8th Grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.  

Crew requirements: Philmont crews can contain between 7 to 12 members, and each crew must have at least two qualified adult advisors one of whom must be 21 years of age or older. The second advisor must be at least 18 years of age. Each crew is required to have a majority of youth participants and no more than four (4) adult advisors over 21.  Depending on interest, Troop 62 can submit requests for multiple crews to attend in 2018.

A Philmont trek is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. Each participant must be able to carry a 35 to 50 lb. pack (but no more than 25-30% of their body weight) while hiking 5 to 12 miles per day in an isolated mountain wilderness, ranging from 6,500 to 12,500 feet in elevation. Climatic conditions include temperatures from 30 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, low humidity (10-30%) and frequent, sometimes severe, afternoon thunderstorms. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling, challenge events, pole climbing, black powder shooting, 12 gauge trap shooting, .30-06 shooting, trail building, mountain biking and other activities that may have potential for injury.

Pictures from Troop 62's expeditions to Philmont in 2012 are available here: