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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.

A. Reference Material for 2017 Expedition 620
Mecklenburg County Council has reservations for three 12-Day Expedition Crews in its 2017 Philmont Council Contingent. These crews are available for units in the council to manage who have qualified adult leadership and youth who can fill them and assume the responsibility to pay the fees and plan the trip. Our reservation dates are June 20 to July 2, 2017. The Philmont fee is $895 per camper, and a $100/camper deposit is due by April 10, 2016. Each crew has a maximum size of 12 members (minimum of 7), to include at least 2 adults. Youth must be 14 years old before June 20, 2017, OR have completed the 8th grade and be 13 before June 20, 2017.
Interested adult applicants who want their Troop or Venturing Crew to manage one or more of the Council Contingent crews 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.
Allocation of 2017 Council Contingent crews to Troops or Venturing Crews with qualified adults that have submitted applications is made starting in late December 2015, after the results of the regular Philmont lottery have been announced, and on a first-come, first-serve basis according to the date applications are submitted to the Council. The initial and deadline dates for accepting applications for 2017 are June 1, 2015, and Feb. 15, 2016. Crews not taken by this deadline must be returned to Philmont for reassignment.
Applications are generally accepted according to the above procedure at any time within two years prior to the summer being applied for, and up until the announced deadline 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.

2017 Itinerary Guide will be available later in March 2017. In the meantime, refer to a previous version of the Itinerary Guide. Acrobat PDF

2017 Council & Unit Planning Guide (current version will download until 2017 version is published) Acrobat PDF
B. Reference Material for 2016 Expedition 621-W
Mecklenburg County Council has reservations for three 7 to 12-member Expedition Crews in its 2016 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 21 to July 3, 2016, and may include two or three days of touring before arriving at Philmont on June 21. The Philmont fee is $870 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 21, 2016, 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 2016 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 2016 youth applications is Sept. 15, 2015, but they may be accepted afer 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, 2015, 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.

2016 Itinerary Guide will be available later in March 2016. In the meantime, refer to a previous version of the Itinerary Guide. Acrobat PDF

2016 Council & Unit Planning Guide (previous version will download until 2016 version is published) Acrobat PDF

Philmont 2016 Council Shoulder Patch
A Philmont 2016 CSP is available for preorder 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 2016 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. Its design features a pair of hiking boots with the Bar P Crazy S 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 & sliver 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.

Click here to download Preorder Instructions and Form
C. Reference Material for 2015 Expedition 622-G
Mecklenburg County Council had reservations for three Expedition Crews in its 2015 Philmont Council Contingent. These crews were assigned to units who assumed responsibility to plan and manage the trip. Reservation dates were June 22 to July 4, 2015, and the Philmont fee was $855 per camper.

2015 Itinerary Guide Acrobat PDF

2015 Guidebook to Adventure Acrobat PDF

2015 Council & Unit Planning GuideAcrobat PDF

Philmont 2015 Council Shoulder Patch
  As of Dec. 1, 2015, a good supply of the Philmont 2015 CSP was available for purchase for a reduced price of $3.00 each at the Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop at 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. It is for uniform wear for 2015 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. Its design 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.
D. Reference Material for 2014 Expedition 623-C
Mecklenburg County Council had reservations for three Expedition Crews in its 2014 Philmont Council Contingent. These crews were assigned to units who assumed responsibility to plan and manage the trip. Reservation dates were June 23 to July 5, 2014.

2014 Itinerary Guide Acrobat PDF

2014 Guidebook to Adventure Acrobat PDF

2014 Council & Unit Planning GuideAcrobat PDF

Philmont 2014 Council Shoulder Patch
A Philmont 2014 CSP was available for uniform wear for 2014 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. Its design 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 thie patch.

E. Reference Material - General

Philmont Slideshow (with photos from several Mecklenburg County Council Expeditions in recent years) Flash Player
3 1/2 min.

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
Philmont Document Archives Itinerary Guide
Philmont Document Archives Guidebook to Adventure

Philmont Council Shoulder Patches
 2017 The Philmont 2017 CSP is available for preorder purchase 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. 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 As of Feb. 1, 2017, a small supply of the Philmont 2016 CSP was available for purchase at a reduced price at the Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop at 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Its design 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.

Philmont Trail Food Menus
  2011 Philmont Trail Food Menu Acrobat PDF
  2009 Philmont Trail Food Menu Acrobat PDF
  2007 Philmont Trail Food Menu Acrobat PDF
2006 Philmont Trail Food Menu Acrobat PDF

Dining Fly Setup Acrobat PDF

Greenwood Canyon to Copper Park Trail Map (new trail opened July 2006)
From photo taken 7/29/06 of laminated topo map posted on porch wall of Baldy Town Museum
Acrobat PDF

Official Philmont Fire Bulletin of June 6, 2002 Acrobat PDF
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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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Pictures
2005 Council Contingent Official Expedition Group Photos
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News & Alerts

A Philmont 2016 CSP is available for preorder 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 2016 participants in any Philmont program, and for patch collecting and trading. Its design features a pair of hiking boots with the Bar P Crazy S 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 & sliver metallic thread highlight some of the design features of this patch. Click here to download the Preorder Instructions and Form. See the information in section B on the left for more details.

As of Dec. 1, 2015, a good supply of the Philmont 2015 CSP was available for purchase for a reduced price of $3.00 each at the Mecklenburg County Council Scout Shop. See the information in section C on the left for more details.

Want to go to Philmont in 2017? See section A 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 2017 is Feb. 15, 2016 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