There are many exciting opportunities for Scouts and Scouters to attend programs at Philmont Scout Ranch and Philmont Training Center each year!



Philmont Scout Ranch  

Philmont's signature program is the High-Adventure Expedition. Available each summer from early June to late August, each 12-day expedition provides opportunities for participants to:

  • Explore the high country in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico.
  • Experience the thrill of climbing mountains over two miles high.
  • Participate in a wide array of activities that teach Scouting skills—archaeology, climbing, fishing, forestry, horsemanship, Indian lore and much more.
  • Develop leadership, group dynamics, wilderness problem-solving and outdoor skills.

Units may participate in the Baltimore Area Council Contingent Lottery, or the Philmont Lottery, for an opportunity to bring unit crews to Philmont. Both Troops and Venturing Crews may participate in these lotteries.  

The Baltimore Area Council sends contingents to Philmont each summer, typically in early July.  Each contingent is comprised of up to crews that participate in a lottery to fill crew slots allocated to the Council by Philmont. Units can request multiple crew slots in the contingent lottery. The Council contingent lottery takes place in March each year for the following year, with applications available on the contingent website in February. Attending Philmont with the Baltimore Area Council Contingent provides camaraderie, being part of the group that represents our Council each year. Your contingent fee includes:

  • Philmont cost
  • Airfare
  • Charter bus travel within Colorado and New Mexico
  • Hotel & all meals
  • Tours and sight-seeing prior to your Philmont arrival
  • Contingent shirts and duffle
  • Preparation and training for adult and youth leaders

There are also opportunities for individual (provisional) youth or adults to be placed in contingent crews each year, by completing the provisional application found on the contingent website.

The Philmont-direct lottery is available each Fall for units who wish to sign up their unit directly with Philmont and can be accessed at the Philmont website. These units are responsible for arranging their own training, travel and other logistics.

There are opportunities for individual scouts to apply for many unique programs at Philmont Scout Ranch including Trail Crew Trek, Rayado Trek, R.O.C.S. (Roving Outdoor Conservation School), National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience, Order of the Arrow Trail Crew, Mountain Treks, Ranch Hands, and STEM. Contact Philmont via phone or email for more information on these programs, or check the BSA Philmont website.  

Philmont Training Center

If you are interested in attending a training program at Philmont, please contact your District Training Chairperson or District Executive for details on the opportunities available at the Philmont Training Center

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