Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base. Its 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps provide an unforgettable adventure in the high country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails.

Philmont Training Center

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1950, PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.  Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. All registered Scouters are invited to attend training center courses; council approval is no longer required.

Philmont Expeditions

Philmont Scout Ranch provides an unforgettable adventure along its hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West—horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history—with exciting challenges for today—rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and rifle shooting—in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving outdoor fun. Philmont requires that each crew have two participants who have completed Wilderness First Aid and two participants have CPR training, and be able to show certification documents upon arrival. Find local courses on the training schedule page.

Unit Trek Registration:  Troops and crews of seven to 12 members can register for a 12-day or 7-day trek during the summer, fall or winter. Due to the popularity of expeditions, registration entries are taken online during the month of November, two years preceding the summer you would like to reserve for your unit. Due to the popularity of the cavalcade program (trekking on horseback), a lottery is conducted in late January, a year and a half preceding the summer you would like to reserve for your unit. 


Philmont 101 (orientation)

Date TBD

Anyone interested in learning more about Philmont should attend Philmont 101 at the Cockrell Scout Center from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. The Philmont orientation meeting covers what is Philmont, who can go what to expect, council contingent versus individual unit registrations, required trainings, equipment, physical expectations required health forms, weight limits, how to train for Philmont, what NOT to do, and cooking ideas. Following the orientation, a council contingent leaders meeting (for this year's leaders) will be held to cover transportation, departure, contingent leader responsibilities, etc. and answer questions.

Individual Programs

In addition to regular expeditions for crews of seven to 12 members, Philmont offers several special programs that are available to individuals and smaller groups:

The Trail Crew Trek Program (TCT) is an exciting new program at Philmont Scout Ranch. This 14-day experience will help prepare participants to develop a path that will help them achieve the William T. Hornaday Silver Award upon return to their homes. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.

The Rayado Trek program is a challenging and selective program for older Scouts and Venturers who have mastered basic outdoor skills. Rayado is unparalleled for developing outdoor leadership, group dynamics, wilderness problem-solving, and advanced outdoor skills. Participants will experience more of Philmont's backcountry and will have program opportunities not available to expedition campers. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 15 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.

The Roving Outdoor Conservation School (ROCS) is an exciting program for Scouts and Venturers who have an interest in conservation and natural resource management. Each crew will participate in activities in some of the following areas: forestry, fire ecology, fisheries management, wildlife management, geology, watershed management, and range management. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.

The Order of the Arrow Trail Crew program is a 14-day experience for Arrowmen to join together in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the trails at Philmont. Under the direction of the Philmont conservation department, experienced Philmont staff members with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants. Arrowmen must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.

Ranch Hands is a program for Scouts and Venturers who have knowledge of horsemanship and horse care and want to expand their skills and experience. After an eight-day work session, the Ranch Hands crew embarks on an eight-day Cavalcade under the leadership of a horseman and wrangler. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.  

The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is the ultimate in training experiences for youth leaders. It is conducted for older Scouts and Venturers who have the potential for being on the staff of the council junior leader training or youth leader training conference. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 14 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.

Houston Philmont Crew

July TBD, 2020

Houston Philmont Crews is a program established for Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council that would like the unique opportunity to participate the most celebrated of high-adventure and backpacking in a Scouting environment, but lack the financial ability to do so.

The Philmont experience can be a life-changing event and this program is being offered to Scouts that meet certain requirements who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend because of financial challenges. 

For eligible Scouts, all fees, ultra-light equipment, backpacking clothes, food, and transportation will be provided. Scouts must be 14 years old by the time the trek begins or have completed the 8th grade. A Philmont trek is nothing to be taken lightly and a strict discipline focused on proper training and leadership balanced with teaching and mentorship from adult advisors with exceptional backpacking and Philmont experience is the foundation of the program. A personal commitment to participate in all meetings and training activities from Scouts chosen is mandatory. A financial commitment of $100 is required to participate.

Scout leaders are encouraged to nominate Scouts who because of financial challenges would not otherwise be able to go to Philmont. Scout needs to be at least 14 years old by the start of the trek or have completed 8th grade, exemplifies the Scout spirit and is worthy of this opportunity? 

Online Nomination Form 



Michael Moore
Houston Philmont Crews / Assistant Director of Field Service
(713) 756-3454

Brandon Lewis
Director of Support Service
(713) 756-3319