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Philmont Scout Ranch - Cimarron, New Mexico

Philmont Scout Ranch, run by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America since 1938, is the ultimate High Adventure Scouting experience with 50 to 100-mile, 12-day backpacking treks in the high country of this 220 square mile ranch. Philmont is the world’s largest youth camp, with 35 staffed backcountry camps and 770 campsites. Over 22,000 Scouts and Leaders trek on Philmont’s 350 miles of developed hiking trails each summer. Scouts hike the ranch as members of High Adventure Expeditions with crews of 12 maximum, to include 2 or 3 adult advisors.

Over 1-million Scouts from around the world have found that Philmont has something for everyone. Hiking, rock climbing, panning for gold, fur trapping, black-powder rifle shooting, horses, and burros are but a few of the programs that combine to present a truly unique and unparalleled experience. Within Philmont's 140,171 acres, where elevations range from 6,500 to 12,441 feet, horizons are unlimited. For 12 action-packed days, crews hike over some of the grandest mountain scenery in the West. The Ranch is in rugged land set among towering mountains, alpine meadows, and awesome vistas of the Sangre de Christo range of the southern Rocky Mountains in northeastern New Mexico.

Demand for Philmont Expeditions is tremendous, and any Philmont Crew is very fortunate to have this opportunity. Scout participants must be at least 14 years old before arrival OR have completed the 8th grade and be 13 years old before arrival.

2019. Reference Material for 2019 Expedition 618
Because of the wildfires that caused the 2018 summer season of Expedition Treks at Philmont Scout Ranch to be cancelled, Philmont has recently agreed to provided Mecklenburg County Council two additional Expedition Crews for the 2019 season. These Council Contingent Crews are being offered to any MCC Troop or Venturing Crew that can manage one or both of these crews according to the details below.
Day 1 start date is June 18, 2019, and end date is after breakfast on June 30, 2019. Crew size minimum is 7, maximum is 12. Youth age requirement is 14 by June 18, 2019, or complete the 8th grade and be 13 by June 18, 2019. The Philmont fee is $970 per person, and $535 per person is due by Sept 21, 2018. In other words, to have a crew assigned to your troop or unit, a minimum of $3,745 is due by Sept 21, 2018.
If your troop (or Venturing Crew) is interested in having one of these crews to manage, fill, and be responsible for, or has any questions about this opportunity, please reply to this message as soon as possible to: alan.keiger@scouting.org and MCCHighAdventure@gmail.com.

Itinerary Guide Acrobat PDF

Guidebook to Adventure Acrobat PDF

Council & Unit Planning Guide Acrobat PDF

Shakedown Guide Part 1 Acrobat PDF
Shakedown Guide Part 2 Acrobat PDF
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2018. Reference Material for 2018 Expedition 619-AA
PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH ANNOUNCES CLOSURE FOR 2018 SUMMER SEASON - 7/5/18
After careful consideration of the situation and available options, the difficult but prudent decision has been made that the Philmont backcountry will remain closed for treks and individual programs for the remainder of the 2018 summer season. This means that the following programs scheduled for this summer are canceled: 7- and 12-day treks; and individual backcountry programs, including Rayado, ROCS, Trail Crew, STEM and Ranch Hands.
Refund Checks for all affected crews are being sent to the lead contact advisor. Our staff will be contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of these crews confirming the refund, offering a trek at Philmont for the 2020 season, and answering any questions. While High Adventure opportunities are at capacity at Northern Tier and the Florida Sea Base, there are opportunities at The Summit and they would be happy to accommodate your crew.
This has been a difficult and at the same time inspiring summer at Philmont. For the first time in its history, Philmont is closing its backcountry. As difficult as this situation has been for our Philmont family and for Scouts across our country, we have been truly inspired by the incredible enthusiasm and perseverance shown by our staff, the resourcefulness displayed by displaced crews to find other summer adventures, and the understanding and good wishes from thousands of Scouts and Scouters from around the world. For all of these blessings, we are truly grateful.
Our entire Philmont family thanks you for your continued understanding, your support, and your cooperation.


Itinerary Guide Acrobat PDF

Guidebook to Adventure Acrobat PDF

Council & Unit Planning Guide Acrobat PDF

Shakedown Guide Part 1 Acrobat PDF
Shakedown Guide Part 2 Acrobat PDF
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CSP. Reference Material - Council Shoulder Patches

Philmont Council Shoulder Patches   Click here for printer friendly MCC Philmont CSP History document.
 2018 The Philmont 2018 CSP is available now for sale for $5.00 each at the Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop at 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. It is available for mail order sale to out-of-council buyers. It is for uniform wear for 2018 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. The Philmont 2018 CSP features a simulation of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Reference Benchmark at the summit of the Tooth of Time, Philmont's most famous landmark. (See 2016 photo at left of actual Benchmark.) It includes Philmont's trademark bull, with the cattle brand ghosted on its hindquarter, and an outline of the Philmont Arrowhead, using platinum colored metallic thread, that recognizes the 80th anniversary of the Ranch. This CSP starts a Mecklenburg County Council PSR Benchmark Series® that will feature other important Survey Benchmarks of special significance at Philmont. Out-of-Council buyers, click here to download the Mail Order Instructions and Form. Send with your payment to the Council Service Center according to the instructions on the form.
 2017 The Philmont 2017 CSP features a pair of hiking boots with the Philmont Bar P Crazy S cattle brand on the heel. It acknowledges and promotes the number one program activity at Philmont - Hiking. It includes the Philmont kicking burro with the horse brand ghosted on its hindquarter. Red and silver metallic thread highlight some of the design features of this patch, including the border and identifying lettering.
 2016 The Philmont 2016 CSP features a pair of hiking boots with the Philmont Bar P Crazy S cattle brand on the heel. Boot tracks are across the background. It acknowledges and promotes the number one program activity at Philmont - Hiking. It includes the Philmont trademark bull with the cattle brand ghosted on its hindquarter. A border of bronze metallic thread plus red & silver metallic thread highlight some of the design features of this patch.
 2015 The Philmont 2015 CSP features a trail sign at Baldy Town. This design was inspired by the 2003 photo at the left of the trail sign located between the Baldy Town shower house and Trading Post. To honor Mecklenburg County Council's 100th year, the patch includes the 100th anniversary logo that incorporates a Hornets Nest from the council totem. And it includes the Philmont trademark bull with the cattle brand ghosted on its hindquarter. Dark Red metallic thread for the border enhances the brilliance and special nature of this patch.
 2014 The Philmont 2014 CSP features a nightime view of the 9.003-ft. Tooth of Time, Philmont's most famous landmark. It includes Philmont's trademark bull, with the cattle brand ghosted on its hindquarter. Silver metallic thread highlights some of the design features of the patch.
 2013 The Philmont 2013 75th anniversary CSP features the 9.003-ft. Tooth of Time, Philmont's most famous landmark, with the trees in their fall color in the foreground. This design was inspired by the photo at the left. To honor Philmont's 75th year, the patch includes a 75th anniversary diamond. And it includes the Philmont trademark bull with the cattle brand ghosted on its hindquarter. Red, gold, & white metallic thread for the lettering, border, diamond and other design features enhance the brilliance and special nature of this patch.
 2012 The Philmont 2012 CSP features Philmont's new Gateway at the Camping Headquarters Welcome Center. This new Gateway was recently installed, put to the left of the entrance drive to replace the one knocked down in late 2009 by a bus. The Tooth of Time, Philmont's most famous landmark, and winter scene of Tooth Ridge are in the background. The Philmont trademark bull, with the cattle brand ghosted on its hindquarter, is on the right. The radiant violet on the ridge, along with bronze metallic thread for the fleur-de-lis and border, enhance the overall brilliance and special nature of this patch.
 2011 The Philmont 2011 CSP features the 9.003-ft. Tooth of Time, Philmont's most famous landmark, in the center of the New Mexico Zia Sun symbol, and uses the radiant colors of the New Mexico state flag. The Philmont trademark bull is on the right. Mecklenburg County Council's Totem, consisting of a hornets nest, flintlock rifle, and Native American spear, is on the left. Red metallic thread is used for the New Mexico sun logo and green metallic thread for the lettering & border.
 2010 The Philmont 2010 CSP recognizes BSA's 100th anniversary, with the border, fleur-de-lis, and lettering with gold-colored metallic thread and the 1910-2010 logo that matches all other MCC Centennial patches. The Philmont trademark bull includes the cattle brand ghosted on the hindquarter. The background is Baldy Mountain, Philmont's highest peak at 12,441 ft.
 2009 A Philmont 2009 CSP was available for uniform wear for 2009 participants in any Philmont program, and wfor patch collecting and trading. Its design has the state flags of North Carolina and New Mexico on the left and the Philmont trademark bull, which includes the cattle brand ghosted on the hindquarter, on the right. The background is the 9,003-ft. Tooth of Time, Philmont's most famous landmark.
 2008 The Philmont 2008 CSP recognizes Philmont's 70th anniversary, with the border, arrowhead, and "70" using platinum-colored metallic thread. The Philmont trademark bull includes the cattle brand ghosted on the hindquarter. The background is Baldy Mountain under an orange sunset sky.
 2007 The Philmont 2007 CSP shows an unusual sunrise view of the 9,003-ft. Tooth of Time from the southeast, Philmont most famous landmark.
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Reference Material - General

High Adventure Adult Leader Application Acrobat PDF
To be considered as an adult advisor and leader for a council contingent to a BSA high adventure base such as Philmont Scout Ranch, complete this form and turn it in to the Council Service Center. These applications are accepted at the Council Service Center at any time for any future year up until the announced deadline for selections to be made for a particular year. Deadlines are typically late winter and spring of the prior year, so it is.always best to submit your application early. Further information about various opportunities, schedules and application deadlines, and the interview and selection process should be obtained from the Council Program Director or from the Council Camping or High Adventure Committee.

Role of a Philmont Adult Advisor - Advice from Other Sources Acrobat PDF

Philmont Document Archives Home Page
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Key Links
Philmont Trading Post - Tooth of Time Traders
Official BSA Philmont Site
Philmont Staff Association Site
PhilSearch
Selden's Philmont References
U.S. Scouting Service Project
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News & Alerts

Mecklenburg County Council has two 2019 Council Contingent Crews available to Council Troops or Venturing Crews. Must act quickly if interested. See the reference information on the left for more details.

The Philmont 2018 CSP is available now for sale for $5.00 each at the Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop at 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. It is available for mail order sale to out-of-council buyers. It is for uniform wear for 2018 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. The Philmont 2018 CSP features the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Reference Benchmark at the summit of the Tooth of Time, Philmont's most famous landmark. It includes Philmont's trademark bull, with the cattle brand ghosted on its hindquarter, and an outline of the Philmont Arrowhead, using platinum colored metallic thread, that recognizes the 80th anniversary of the Ranch. This CSP starts a Mecklenburg County Council PSR Benchmark Series® that will feature other important Survey Benchmarks of special significance at Philmont. Out-of-Council buyers, click here to download the Mail Order Instructions and Form. Send with your payment to the Council Service Center according to the instructions on the form. See the reference information on the left for more details.

Want to go to Philmont in 2018 or 2019? See Reference Material Sections on the left for more details.

High Adventure Adult Leader Application
To be considered as an adult advisor and leader for a council contingent to a BSA high adventure base such as Philmont Scout Ranch, complete this form and EITHER (1) scan and email the application to MCCHighAdventure@gmail.com, OR (2a) turn the application in to the Council Service Center, attention Alan Keiger, Council Program Director, at 1410 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204, and (2b) send an email to MCCHighAdventure@gmail.com reporting that the application is being submitted. Deadline for submitting adult applications 2018 is Feb. 15, 2017 See section A on the left for more details. These applications are accepted at any time for any future year up until the announced deadline for selections to be made for a particular year. Further information about various opportunities, schedules and application deadlines, and the interview and selection process may be obtained from the Council Program Director or from the Council Camping or High Adventure Committee.
This Web site is sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Council High Adventure Committee.
It is maintained by volunteer Scouters for use by High Advneture Council Contingent participants and their families
and to provide related reference information for BSA High Advneture Bases and activities.
This site is not officially associated with the Mecklenburg County Council or BSA.
Questions about this site should be directed to the Webmaster, webmaster@mcchighadventure.org