Campsite Etiquette

Campsite etiquette is important. Philmont serves over 22,000 Scouts, Venturers, and their advisers each year, and the campsites are subjected to heavy use. Crews must be responsible in their use of campsites to preserve the beauty and cleanliness of the Scout ranch.

All campsites are clearly designated with numbers routed into wood blocks nailed to trees. Check your map and use a compass to be sure you're at the right place. Most camps are designated by rectangular trail signs with the camp name. Look for a map of campsites that is posted in trail camps; sometimes the best campsites are secluded. The map will help you locate them.

Each crew is responsible for leaving a neat and orderly campsite, whether it be in Camping Headquarters, staffed camps, or non-staffed camps. The campsite should be left litter-free, with its latrine and sump clean. Fires, if permitted, must be left dead out and then cleaned of debris.

Metal fire rings have been established at all camps. They are to contain the fires, reduce possibilities of forest fire, limit amounts of wood burned, eliminate unnecessary fire lays, and designate the place for all cooking. Do not scar the beauty of Philmont camps by creating unnecessary new fire lays or enlarging existing ones. Keep your fire small; it will be easier to extinguish.


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.