PHILMONT 2018 – Information & Sign-Up

Posted by ermentraut on March 7, 2017



WHAT:     Two 12-day Treks at Philmont Scout Ranch – National High Adventure Base.  Maximum of 24 Scouts and Scouters (max. 12 people per crew, 3 adults min per crew / 4 max)


WHERE:     Philmont Scout Ranch – Philmont is the largest of the four Boy Scouts National High Adventure Bases and it is geared to 12-day backpacking treks (10 days on the trail) where boys and adults will backpack from camp to camp on a trek they select. (Mornings and early afternoons will typically be spent backpacking from camp to camp, while late afternoons and evenings will be spent in staffed camps enjoying a rich adventure that can include rock climbing, shotgun shooting, rifle shooting, fishing, Native American history and culture, seeing T-Rex tracks, experiencing ranch or mining life, singing along with entertaining songs and performing skits, or just enjoying the great outdoors and all the flora and fauna it has to offer). Philmont Scout Ranch covers over 1,000 square miles of Northern New Mexico, and is near the town of Cimarron, NM (west of Raton) in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. More info at


WHEN:     Depart: Saturday, July 01, 2018 / Return: Thursday, July 13, 2018


WHO:     Available to all Eligible Scouts and Scouters who sign up.

Eligible Scouts Requirements:

  • Thirteen years old and finished 8th grade OR Fourteen Years Old by the time of the trip.
  • First Class Rank must be received at least 6 months prior to the trip to allow time to find a replacement if not achieved.
  • Boys and adults should be comfortable carrying 50-60 pound backpacks at elevations between 6,000 and 10,000 feet across long distances

Adult Requirements:

All participants must pass a Class III (Parts A, B, C and D of the national BSA health form) Physical and be found physically fit to attend by their family physician.


SIGN-UP:     Web Sign-up is live, below, and priority will be given to those who sign up by Friday, March 24, 2017.  Sign up will close on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

In the event more than 24 sign up (or fewer than 20 but more than 12 sign up), priority for the crew roster and any wait-list will be granted based on a points system. Points will be given to all boys that sign up within 24 hours of the sign-up being published, and additional points for Age, Rank, Camping Nights, and Volunteer Hours.  Boys with the highest number of points will get highest priority.

The points system is as follows:

  • Sign Up: 5 points will be given to individuals who sign up within the first 24 hours of sign up posting, 1 point if signed up before March 24, 2017.
  • Age: 3 points for being age 17 at the time of the trip, 2 points for age 16, and 1 point for age 15, no points for younger ages.
  • Rank: 3 points for Eagle rank, 2 points for Life rank, 1 point for Star rank at the time of sign-up.
  • Camping Nights: 3 points for attending 15 or more nights camping in the past year, at time of sign up, 2 points for 10 nights or more, and 1 point for 5 nights or more, no points for less.
  • Leadership: 1 point for each leadership position held in the past year, at time of sign up (max 2 points)

Adults will be given priority based on the following:

  • Their son’s points, plus
  • 1 point for being an active camper in the past year (attending 5 or more nights camping)
  • 1 point for being a registered ASM or Committee Member
  • 1 point for each event planned or activity coordinated in the past year (max 6 points)
  • Note: their son must be selected for a trek to be eligible


EST. COST:     $1,160 / person

$940 Base Camp Fee, $30 Crew T-Shirt, $55 Travel Meals (2 lunches @ $15, 1 dinner @ $25), $50 Spending Money, $25 for required maps and group photo, and $60 Gas Reimbursement



    $100 deposit due by Tuesday, April 4, 2017

$530.00 first ½ payment due mid-September 2017

$530.00 second ½ payment due mid-January 2017


CONATCT:     David Ermentraut, ASM, High Adventure Chair, for more information.



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