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Philmont Scout Ranch - Cimarron, New Mexico

Philmont Scout Ranch is the BSA's premier High Adventure base. Owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Philmont challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rockies, with elevations ranging from 6,600 to 12,441 feet. Nearly 100 staffed and trail camps are connected by more than 350 miles of challenging trails. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.

Born in 1938 as Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp, with a gift from Oklahoma oilman Waite Phillips, today's Philmont Scout Ranch is a bustling center for High Adventure and Training. Youth and adults take advantage of the Ranch's camping, training, and work programs. Most activity takes place during the summer, but Philmont also offers fall and winter programs.

One million Scouts, Venturers, and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont since 1938. Throughout its existence, conscientious attention to low-impact camping techniques have helped maintain the Ranch's wilderness flavor.

The area surrounding the Ranch is rich with history, from the American Indians who made this arid land their home to the land barons of the 19th century. The town of Cimarron boasts a number of historical buildings, including the St. James Hotel, site of at least 26 killings during Cimarron's wilder days.

2018. Reference Material for 2018 Expedition 619
Mecklenburg County Council has reservations for three 7 to 12-member Expedition Crews in its 2018 Philmont Council Contingent. These crews have been assigned to units that have qualified adult leadership and that have assumed the responsibility to plan and manage the trip, fill the crew with qualified youth and adults, create and manage an overall trip budget, and pay the Philmont fees on schedule. Reservation dates are June 19 to July 1, 2018, and may include two or three days of touring before arriving at Philmont on June 19. The Philmont fee is $940 per camper, and additional costs will include airline fare, ground transportation, lodging before Philmont, and touring activities. A total estimated cost is approximately $2,000 and is contingent on finalization of all costs. Interested youth and adults may apply for a place in one of the Council Contingent crews following the procedures outlined below. No fees should be paid until requested. 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. Send an email to MCCHighAdventure@gmail.com.

Interested youth applicants, Scouts and Venturers age 13 and up who will have completed the 8th grade by June 19, 2018, who are not part of a unit that is directly managing one of the crews and who are interested in participating as a provisional member, should, with their parent, complete the Youth Application form and EITHER (1) scan and email the application to MCCHighAdventure@gmail.com, OR (2a) turn the application in according to the instructions on the form 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. Initial deadline for submitting 2018 youth applications is Sept. 15, 2017, but they may be accepted after that for consideration on a space available basis.

Interested adults applicants (a) who want their unit to assume the responsibility to plan and manage a crew, fill it with qualified youth and adults, create and manage an overall trip budget, and pay the Philmont fees on schedule, or (b) who want to lead a provisional crew or who want to join an existing crew, should complete the High Adventure Adult Leader Application 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. Initial deadline for submitting adult applications for 2018 was Feb. 15, 2017, and they may still be accepted now for consideration on a space available basis. 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. 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.

2018 Itinerary Guide will be available later in March 2018. In the meantime, refer to a previous version of the Itinerary Guide. Acrobat PDF

2018 Guidebook to Adventure will be available later in March 2018. In the meantime, refer to a previous version of the Guidebook. Acrobat PDF

2018 Council & Unit Planning Guide (previous version will download until 2018 version is published) Acrobat PDF
2017. Reference Material for 2017 Expedition 620-W
Mecklenburg County Council has reservations for three 7 to 12-member Expedition Crews in its 2017 Philmont Council Contingent. These crews have been assigned to units that have qualified adult leadership and that have assumed the responsibility to plan and manage the trip, fill the crew with qualified youth and adults, create and manage an overall trip budget, and pay the Philmont fees on schedule. Reservation dates are June 20 to July 2, 2017, and may include two or three days of touring before arriving at Philmont on June 20. The Philmont fee is $895 per camper, and additional costs will include airline fare, ground transportation, lodging before Philmont, and touring activities. A total estimated cost is approximately $2,000 and is contingent on finalization of all costs. Interested youth and adults may apply for a place in one of the Council Contingent crews following the procedures outlined below. No fees should be paid until requested. 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. Send an email to MCCHighAdventure@gmail.com.

Interested youth applicants, Scouts and Venturers age 13 and up who will have completed the 8th grade by June 20, 2017, who are not part of a unit that is directly managing one of the crews and who are interested in participating as a provisional member, should, with their parent, complete the Youth Application form and EITHER (1) scan and email the application to MCCHighAdventure@gmail.com, OR (2a) turn the application in according to the instructions on the form 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. Initial deadline for submitting 2017 youth applications is Sept. 15, 2016, but they may be accepted after that for consideration on a space available basis.

Interested adults applicants (a) who want their unit to assume the responsibility to plan and manage a crew, fill it with qualified youth and adults, create and manage an overall trip budget, and pay the Philmont fees on schedule, or (b) who want to lead a provisional crew or who want to join an existing crew, should complete the High Adventure Adult Leader Application 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. Initial deadline for submitting adult applications for 2016 was Feb. 15, 2016, and they may still be accepted now for consideration on a space available basis. 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. 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.

2017 Itinerary Guide Acrobat PDF

2017 Guidebook to Adventure Acrobat PDF

2017 Council & Unit Planning Guide Acrobat PDF
CSP. Reference Material - Council Shoulder Patches

Philmont Council Shoulder Patches
 2017 The Philmont 2017 CSP was available for preorder purchase until March 10, 2017. A limited supply is available for purchase for $5.00 each at the Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop at 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. It is for uniform wear for 2017 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. Its design 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. Click here to download the Preorder Instructions and Form. Turn it in or mail with your payment to the Council Service Center by Mar. 10, 2017, according to the instructions on the form.
 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. Click here to download the Preorder Instructions and Form. Turn it in or mail with your payment to the Council Service Center by Feb. 19, 2016, according to the instructions on the form.
 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.
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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The Philmont 2017 CSP was available for preorder purchase until March 10, 2017. A limited supply is availabel for a $5.00 each at the Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop at 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. It is for uniform wear for 2017 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. Its design 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. Click here to download the Preorder Instructions and Form. See the reference information on the left for more details.

Want to go to Philmont in 2017 or 2018? 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.
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