The Philmont 2010 Guidebook to Adventure will address the issue of food allergies and special diets. It will state something like the following:
"Philmont trail food is by necessity a high-carbohydrate, high-caloric diet. It is high in wheat, milk products, sugar and corn syrup, and artificial coloring/flavoring. If an individual is allergic to some food products or requires a special diet, suitable trail food must be purchased at home and brought to Philmont. Lightweight, non-perishable, low bulk foods are recommended for backpacking. Package each day's meals separately and write the person's name and Expedition Number on each package. Upon arrival at the ranch, give the food to your Ranger who will take it to Logistics. Arrangements will be made to transport it to the appropriate backcountry commissaries for your crew. There is no fee reduction for individuals who bring their own food."
Contingent Leaders and Crew Advisors should insure that their campers are aware of this requirement. Every summer, campers arrive unaware of this requirement or unprepared and without substitutes. Philmont options are very limited at that point.
If a crew chooses not to use Philmont trail equipment, they must provide their own substitutes. It is the same if you cannot or will not eat the trail food provided by Philmont.
The trail menu and ingredients list is generally available about mid-April. Contact the main Commissary to get a copy of the menu and ingredients list.
Jim Van Hecke
Asst. Mgr. Camping Services
I am a seasonal employee at Philmont Scout Ranch, and I know what I am talking about, BUT I DO NOT SPEAK FOR PHILMONT. Opinions expressed are mine alone, and not that of the Boy Scouts of America, or Philmont Scout Ranch.