Trail of Courage

2012 Trail of Courage – Right Decisions/Right Now
Be Tobacco Free

2012 Philmont Participation (First full summer of program.)

 Total Crews = 2,233 Total Crews participating in program = 1,228 % participating = 55.0% 
 Participants = 23,325  Participants taking the pledge = 11,616  % participating = 49.8%

Staff Participation

  • Program was shared with each manager during the Leadership Conference on May 23rd. (120 Managers and Assistant Managers).
  • Ranger Leadership was briefed on the program. (40 Ranger Leadership)
  • All Staff Training – Program was introduced to all staff members during the all staff training on May 29th. (1000 staff members)
  • 15 sessions of Aims and Methods and Philmont Brand training were conducted. The program was shared with all staff to indicate that each crew leadership position was responsible for guiding their crew in moments of conversation along the trail. (1000 staff) o Crew Leader – Trail of Courage – Right Decisions/Right Now – Be Tobacco Free o Chaplain Aide – Duty to God o Wilderness Pledge Guia – Wilderness Pledge Achievement Award
  • Detailed training was presented to each Ranger during the Ranger Rendezvous on June 4 and June 21. Discussion of each of the seven parts was provided. (250 Rangers and Ranger Leadership)
  • Copy of the brochure was given to each Ranger for them to study to understand how to guide the Crew Leader in implementing the program to their crew.
  • Each staff member has been provided a copy of the brochure with a special staff pledge form.
  • Articles were included in the weekly PhilNews. The newspaper is distributed to all staff.

Participant Participation

  • Crew receives two copies of the brochure and pledge form during check-in at the Welcome Center.
  • Advisors are informed of the program during the Advisor’s Meeting. The importance of being tobacco free is emphasized. The increase in teenage tobacco use is shared.
  • Rangers work with Crew Leaders to help them understand the program.
  • Crew Leader and Advisor sign Ranger Training Card to indicate that the program was presented.
  • Pledge cards are submitted when crews check out and receive Philmont Arrowhead patches at Camping Headquarters.
  • Patches and Boys’ Life pocket pledge cards are presented to Crew Leader to distribute to crew.
  • Reminder note and pledge card are presented to each crew who checks out without submitting pledge card.
  • Information included in the Crew Leader Field Guide.


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.