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Philmont Scout Ranch
Location:Cimarron, NM
OA Program(s):Trail Crew
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Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base. Philmont challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.

Donated by Waite Phillips, Philmont Scout Ranch covers 137,000 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico, near Cimarron, NM. See Philmont Overview and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Philmont Treks

Troops, Teams, Crews, and Council contingents plan expeditions for crews of seven to 12 members often years in advance. Philmont Treks provides an unforgettable adventure in sky-high backpacking country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West - horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history - with exciting challenges for today, such as rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and .30-06 rifle shooting. It's an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving fun and the outdoors. See Philmont Treks for more information.

Philmont Training Center

Philmont Training Center patch
Philmont Training Center patch

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1950, the PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteers, creating leaders, and hosting family friendly experiences and adventures. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and their families attend the PTC.

Every conference at the PTC features tools, techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. All registered Scouters are invited to attend training center courses; council approval is not required.

Family Programs provide age-appropriate activities for every member of the family from infants to spouses.

  • Cub Scout age boys and girls participate in nature hikes, picnics, pony rides, lawn games, songs and skits, day hikes, sports, museum tours, and handicrafts.
  • Webelos age boys and girls add activities such as archery, pony rides, air rifle shooting. 10-year-olds can also take part in the parent-child overnighter.
  • Boy Scout age boys and girls who qualify can add an overnight hike to their schedule.
  • Silverados are spouses or other adults who are not attend a conference. Silverados can choose from museum visits, tours, nature walks, trips to nearby towns, COPE, fishing, and day-hiking.

What if you have a son or daughter who wants to hike at Philmont but cannot attend with a traditional Philmont Crew? The Mountain Trek option is for qualified young men and women who are 14 years old, but not yet 21. Mountain Trek crews take part in a week-long backpacking experience where they will cover 20 to 30 miles in the backcountry.

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