Philmont 2014

The next deposit of $250 is due JANUARY 23. This will bring each participant's deposit to $1,250.

Crew Openings Still Exist! We have 3 adults for the July trek and one of the August Crews, but could use one more adult for the Mr. Downs/Mr. Duffy - led August trek!

July 16-30: One (1) Youth or Adult opening

August 1-15: Five (5) Youth or Adult openings; two in one Crew and three in the other Crew

Our initial sign-ups are complete and we will be sending one (1) crew on the July 18-30 trek and two (2) crews on the August 3-15 trek. DEPARTURE DATES WILL BE JULY 16 AND AUGUST 1 RESPECTIVELY!

Philmont requires early commitment and extensive preparations, including equipment, individual physical training and participation in crew hikes and overnight backpacking treks. The Philmont trek occurs between 6,600 and 12,500 feet above sea level and participants must acclimate to the altitude for a couple of days prior to the start of the trek. Philmont is not a “just show up and enjoy” event. Wikipedia has a great article and lots of links at:


A Trek Crew consists of 10-12 participants of 8-10 Youth and 2-4 Adults. We have some space still available.

Trek Options:

  • July 18 – July 30, 2014; travel dates July 16 – July 30 (limited to Male Youth; open to Male and Female Adults) - One youth or one adult spot open
    • Youth: Andrew B, Michael C, James P, Kavanaugh R, Max R, Thomas R, Benjamin R and Daniel W.
    • Adults: Mr. Chesterman, Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Wicks
  • August 3 – August 15, 2014; travel dates August 1 – August 15 (open to Male and Female Venturers and Adults) - Five youth or adult spots open
    • Youth: Sam B, Allan C, Roger C, Colin D, Garrett D, Nelson D, Brendan D, Charles G, Liam K, Michael L, Chris M, Jonathan M, Michael M, Tilden W and Eric Y
    • Adults: Mr. Clanton, Mr. Diggs, Mr. Downs, Mr. Duffy and Mr. Mullarky

Youth Participation REQUIREMENTS (rising 8th-graders and above would be eligible):

  • Be age 14 or older by the start of the trip OR be age 13 and have completed the 8th grade by the start of the trip
  • Do not turn age 21 before the end of the trip
  • Be a registered BSA youth
  • Meet the physical requirements, including those for height and weight (
  • Participate in crew preparation activities, including prep hikes and overnight trips

Adult Participation REQUIREMENTS:

  • Be age 21 or older by the start of the trip
  • Be a registered BSA adult
  • Meet the physical requirements, including those for height and weight (
  • Complete required online training, including Youth Protection training
  • Complete basic First Aid and CPR training (TWO adults in each Crew must also be certified in Wilderness First Aid)
  • Participate in crew preparation activities, including prep hikes and overnight trips


Trek Cost is $1600-1800 per person and includes:

  • The base Philmont Fee of $800 per person
  • Airfare (typically to Denver, Colorado Springs or Albuquerque)
  • Transportation on the ground
  • Meals, lodging and activities enroute to Philmont
  • Crew equipment and First Aid supplies (crew uniform and personal equipment are the responsibility of the participant)

NOTE: Fees, once paid to Philmont, are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the balance of our Philmont account. We will do our best to minimize the financial impact of participation changes, but refunds are not guaranteed. See if you want detailed information about the trek lottery and payment process (not recommended for the faint of interpretive reading).

Draft Payment Schedule:

  1. January 21, 2013:  $250
  2. May 20, 2013:  $250 
  3. September 23, 2013:  $250
  4. November 18, 2013:  $250
  5. January 20, 2014:  $250
  6. March 24, 2014:  $250
  7. May 19, 2014:  $250