The Philmont Scout Ranch is 137,493 acres in the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron in northen New Mexico. There are 330 miles of challenging trails in the remote and historical area. Elevations vary from hot and dry in the desert to cool and wet in the mountains, it may even snow in the high mountains. Philmont is a working cattle ranch and offers rich natural beauty. Wildlife includes buffalo, deer, elk, coyote, antelope, mountain loin, beaver, wild turkey, black bear, and more.

The Program: The contingent will be divided into crews of up to 12 members (at least two, but no more than four, of these are adult advisers). Each creew will explore the Philmont high country on a 10 day backing expedition. Along the way, crews will have a chance to participant in exciting and challenging activities, like horseback riding, burro packing, blacksmithing, gold panning, archaeology, rock climbing, rappelling, .30-06 rifle shooting, and mine exploration.

Who May Participate: Participants must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America. A youth must be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade. Scouts must be under 18 years old. Each crew must have at least one adviser that is at least 21 years of age. Ventures may be male or female and must be under 21 years of age. Venturing crews must hat at least two advisers of 21 years of age or older. Co-ed crews will need co-ed advisers.