Hiking Preparation

A blizzard of activity will greet your arrival at Philmont. Don't worry. Your good planning and our experienced staff will make sure everything goes smoothly.

The process starts as soon as you decide to come to Philmont. How do we sign up? What do we need to take? How do we get there?

The answers to these questions, and many others, are provided here.

Physical Conditioning

Being in top physical condition will help your crew enjoy their experience more and be less likely to experience medical problems. This training calendar and exercise tips will help you prepare for your expedition.

Developing Skills

Time and effort spent in sharpening your hiking and camping skills will allow you more time to enjoy the natural beauty and program features at Philmont.

Shakedown Guide

This guide is intended to be an all-encompassing tool for crews to utilize in order to prepare for an upcoming Philmont trek. It is highly recommended that crews participate in at least two shakedown hikes prior to their trek.

Assembling a Crew

Make sure your crew meets these specifications. Philmont crews and their members must comprise the appropriate number of participants who meet the age restrictions and have sufficient adult leadership, as well as a meeting other criteria.

Dining In The Backcountry

Philmont will provide all the food that crews require on the trail.

    Questions about Philmont food?
  • Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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What to Bring

Print these equipment lists to use as checklists when you're packing for Philmont, and be sure to check our tips and advice when purchasing equipment for your expedition.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.