Who Can Come?

More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont Scout Ranch since the first camping season in 1939. Today, 23,000 participants attend Philmont Scout Ranch each summer. Philmont's individual programs welcome an even wider range of participants. Hundreds more Scouters attend Philmont's Autumn Adventure and Winter Adventure programs each year.

Crew Requirements

Many of Philmont's popular programs require that participants form a crew of seven to 12 people in order to attend. Crew-oriented programs include standard 10-day summer treks, Cavalcade treks, Autumn Adventure treks and Winter Adventure Treks.

Health/Medical Requirements

Each Philmont trek participant must not exceed the maximum acceptable limit in the weight-for-height chart.

Medical Conditions

Philmont Scout Ranch requires that this information be shared with the parent(s) or guardian(s) and examining physician of every participant.


Philmont Scout Ranch strives to minimize risks to participants and advisers by emphasizing proper safety precautions. Most Philmont program participants do not experience injuries because they are prepared.

Youth Adult Requirements

Two registered adult leaders or one registered leader and another adult or a parent of a participating Scout, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips and outings.

Policies And Prohibitions

Philmont maintains strict policies on topics such as firearms, tobacco and alcohol.

A Word About Conduct

Each group should develop a procedure regarding unacceptable behavior and/or conduct.

Individual Programs

All of our individual programs allow Boy Scouts and Venturers ranging from 14 through 20 years of age to sign up individually without the need to form a crew.

Age and gender requirements are specific to each program so please refer to the individual program pages for specific information.

Individual programs include:


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.