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Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's oldest national high-adventure base. It covers 137,000 acres - about 214 square miles - of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico.

Thirty-four staffed camps and 55 trail camps are operated by the ranch. Philmont has high mountains dominating rough terrain with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.

Philmont Scout Ranch provides an unforgettable adventure in sky-high backpacking country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West - horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuck wagon dinners, and interpretive history - with exciting challenges for today, such as rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and .30-06 rifle shooting. It's an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving fun and the outdoors.

Philmont means camping with your own unit as well as meeting and sharing experiences with other crews from all over America and from other countries. This is an opportunity for fellowship and understanding unequalled anywhere in America.

Participants must be at least 14 by September 1st of the year attending Philmont.



2013 COL Contingent and Beyond


Planning Resources - Training Resources

 Official Philmont Site


Upcoming Dates to Remember:


2015 Cradle of Liberty Council Contingent

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2013 Cradle of Liberty Council Contingent

2013 Crews should be collecting and turning in individual applications and deposits for their participants.  Individuals not part of a crew, but wishing to attend, should fill out and send in the below application and deposit to the council office.  We'll contact you to connect you with a crew in your area.  

2013 Contingent Ad (for promoting within units)

2013 Crew Reservation Form

2013 Individual Application

2013 Advisor Agreement (Required for all adults)

2013 Crew Instruction Page

2013 Scholarship Application (for financial need)

2013 Crew Payment Form (must accompany all payments)


2014 Cradle of Liberty Council Contingent

Below are imprtant documents regarding 2014.  

2014_Advisor_Instructions  - Important information with schedules and costs

2014_Contingent_Schedule - Key Dates for the Philmont 2014 Contingent

2014_March_Advisor_Cover_Letter - General information for Crew Advisors

2014_Philmont_Contingent_Application - Sign Up!

2014_Scholarship_Application - Opportunities for all SCOUTS


2015 and Beyond

We are also taking information from crews interested in attending Philmont in 2015.  A unit representative should fill out the Reservation Intent form below.  They will then get preferred status when reservations are due. 

2015 and 2016 Reservation Intent Form

Planning Resources

The Cradle of Liberty Council High Adventure Committee has put together a number of planning resources for use by individuals and crews. If you need additional information, please contact the Committee (email here) or the council office.

Planning a Successful High Adventure Trek PDF with details on the 'how' and 'why' of high adventure
2013 Unit and Council Planning Guide Philmont publication to assist units and councils in planning their Philmont trek
Trek Selection Assistance Philmont website section devoted to trek selection
BSA Medical Form Same medical form is now used for all High Adventure and unit activities (note section D)

Training Resources

Over the years, the council has worked to fine tune its annual Philmont training program. We begin training each year in September or October and culminate with a weekend training at Camp Hart in May for all participants. Council contingent crews are required to participate; those traveling on their own are welcome to join us for any and all of the training offered. Although some is focused on the Council Contingent, most information is pertinent to all interested in a Philmont Expedition.

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