Â Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades,training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.
Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico, covering approximately 137,500 acres (556 square km) of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico. The ranch, formerly the property of oil baron Waite Phillips and now that of the Boy Scouts of America, is currently in use as a National High Adventure Base in which crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking expeditions and other outdoor activities.Â It is the largest youth camp in the world by size and number of participants. Between June 8 and August 22 around 22,800 Scouts and adult leaders engage in backpacking treks around the Ranch's extensive backcountry while over 1,200 seasonal staff personnel maintain the Ranch's summer operations.Â A special 2016 Waite Phillips scholarship is available and interested participants are encouraged to apply.
Who: Troop 350 - One crew up to 12 participants (MAX 4 Adults and 8 Scouts)
What: 12 Days of Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch
When: July 1st thru July 17th – Summer 2016
Where: Cimarron, New Mexico
Why: An experience you never forget
How: Sign-up, First Deposit Due by 1/26/15
The contingents will travel from Huntsville, AL to Philmont which is located outside of Cimarron, NM.Â A 12-day trek will be planned for one crew on the 137,400 acre scout reservation.
THE PHILMONT TREK EXPERIENCE
Philmont Scout Ranch offers a unique experience that is not risk-free. Knowledgeable staff will instruct all participants in safety measures to be followed. Be prepared to listen to and carefully follow these safety measures and to accept responsibility for the health and safety of yourself and others. Each participant must be able to carry a 35- to 50-pound pack while hiking 5 to 12 miles per day in an isolated mountain wilderness ranging from 6,500 to 12,500 feet in elevation. Summer/autumn climatic conditions include temperatures from 30 to 90 degrees, low humidity (10 to 30 percent), and frequent, sometimes severe, afternoon thunderstorms. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling, challenge events, pole climbing, black powder shooting, 12-gauge trap shooting, .30-06 shooting, trail building, mountain biking, and other activities that have potential for injury.
The 2016 Troop 350 Philmont Expedition registration form is attached.Â Â A $100 deposit secures your position!!Â Reservations are accepted on a first come (with deposit),Â first served basis and all fees are non-refundable.Â A completed registration form and deposit are required by January 26, 2015 or until all 12-slots are filled.
All participants must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America as a leader or a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout or Venturer. 2016 Philmont youth participants must be 14 years of age on date of arrival OR have completed the eighth grade and be at least 13 prior to participation. Also, each crew (7-12 participants) must have a majority of youth and is limited to a maximum of four (4) adults over 21 years of age. Philmont strictly enforces height/weight requirements to improve the health and safety of participants. Basically, a participant’s weight must be proportioned to their height. Click here to view the Philmont Height Weight Chart. Troop 350 will receive a helpful planning tool, “2016 Council & Unit Planning Guide”, in February 2015 and distribute it to the crew members.
PREPARATION AND TRAINING In addition to participating in several practice hikes and backpacking camp outs with your crew members, participants (adults and youth) are strongly encouraged to attend at least two of the following GAC / Talakto sponsored events that include backpacking awareness and training.
- Backpacking Course at the GAC University of Scouting https://1bsa.org/event
- 2015 spring-camporee: Theme-Backpacking http://talakto.org/2014/12/spring-camp-o-ree-backpacking-camp-jackson-may-1-3-2015/
- National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT-Youth Only) https://1bsa.org/article.php?cn=408&account=
- Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (Adults only) http://www.scouting.org/Training/adult.aspx
- Wood Badge (Adults only) http://www.hoac-bsa.org/wood-badge and http://scoutingmagazine.org/2014/02/wood-badge/
- Powder Horn (Adults only) http://www.hoac-bsa.org/powder-horn
Philmont now requires that at least two (2) members of each crew be certified in Wilderness First Aid. The course isÂ open to anyone age 14 and older.
- Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course http://choccolocco.1bsa.org/event.php?cn=1533&db=1
Troop 350 will hold a 2016 Philmont Q&A meeting to anyone interested in learning more about Philmont on Monday January 12, 2015 in the Youth Room at 7:00 pm.Â
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Scouting at its best and a chance of a lifetime!
Troop 350, ASM
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