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"These properties are donated and dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America for the purpose of perpetuating faith—self reliance—integrity—freedom. Principles used to build this great country by the American pioneer so that these future citizens may, through thoughtful adult guidance, and by the inspiration of nature visualize and form a code of living to diligently maintain these high ideals and our proper destiny."
~Waite Phillips at the dedication of Philmont

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2010 Philmont Itneraries Online

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Al Thompson first shared this in the message board and on the Philmont mail list.  I wanted to move this out front so everyone can see it.  I'll also activate the web links for ease of use.  Hope you don't mind Al.

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The following has been posted on the Philmont Web site Monday afternoon:
2010 Trek Itinerary information is now available online
The 2010 Treks book information is now available online. You can
download the entire book, or review itineraries individually at a glance.  The itinerary selection process has changed starting in 2010, and the process will now be done online.  The itinerary selection process does not begin until Monday, March 29, 2010, 12:01 AM CDT, and is not available until that time, but be sure to complete your Itinerary Selection Worksheet prior to that time so you will be ready to complete the itinerary selection process online (which is is first-come, first-served method).
My first shot assessment of changes (using the itineraries at a glance list) is below (clearly verify everything with the printed version!).  Note two totally new treks, #6 and #7 which each were in the South in 2009 and are now North / Valle Vidal treks.

Al Thomson, Patriots' Path Council NJ and Troop 120, Keowee SC
Treks 1999, 2001, and 2003
Autumn Adventures 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008

The Watchu Experience
Patriots' Path Council's Trail to Philmont
Last Updated on Friday, 19 March 2010 14:59

2011 Philmont Expedition Registration Info

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2011 Philmont Registration Pkt 2011 Philmont Registration Pkt

Registration requests for 2011 Expeditions for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made on the internet beginning
November 1 thru December 5, 2009.

Note on units receiving priority treatment in the lottery:   Reservations will not be assigned in the order that registration requests are made. Reservations will be pickedrandomly by computer at the close of the registration request period beginning December 6. Special Note: Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams and Venture Crews who have officially been on the waiting list for the past four years (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) will be given priority treatment. These units need to place a registration request and the system will place their reservation before the other registration requests are andomly considered. Units who should have been eligible for this offer but found alternate ways to allow heir youth members to participate in 2010 (i.e. participating in a Council Contingent or joining another unit and participating as part of their reservation) should voluntarily withdraw from the 2011 reservation system and honor the minimum participation requirement of every other year.

Unit representatives may log on to during their assigned week which corresponds to their BSA Region or during the open week. To verify the BSA Region in which our unit is located, please contact your Council Service Center.
▶ Week One: Northeast Region ~ Nov 1 – 7
▶ Week Two: Western Region ~ Nov 8 - 14
▶ Week Three: Southern Region ~ Nov 15 - 21
▶ Week Four: Central Region ~ Nov 22 - 28
▶ Week Five: Open Week ~ Nov 29 – Dec 5
Please Note: Each Region’s schedule will begin at 12:00 am Central Standard Time

Length: 12 days & nights
Arrival Dates: Each day June 8 through August 9
Cost: $725 per person
Payment Schedule:
$100/person deposit due Feb 12, 2010
$312.50/person advance Oct. 1, 2010
$312.50/person balance March 1, 2011

Length: 7 days & nights

Arrival Dates: August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Cost $441 per person

Payment Schedule:
$100/person deposit due Feb 12, 2010
$171/person advance due Oct 1, 2010
$171/person balance due March 1, 2011

Age requirement for Expeditions and Cavalcades: 2011 Philmont participants must be 14 years of age OR
completed 8th Grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.


Traveling by Amtrack

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We are leaving fiday by train. Does anyone have any pointers on the train and backpacks?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 15:33

2009 Philmont Trail Menu & Ingredient List

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Click on the link below to open the 2009 Philmont trail menu and ingredient list.

Philmont Trail Food Ingredients - 2009 Philmont Trail Food Ingredients - 2009

For you calorie counters out there, the link below is the calorie count for the 2009 Phil-meals.

2009 Philmeals Calorie Count 2009 Philmeals Calorie Count

These documents can also be found in the Downloads section of the website.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 May 2009 16:49

A Crew Leader’s Guide to Day One at Philmont

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Be Prepared

When we drive through the gate and get out of the vehicles at Philmont, take a deep breath, stretch and enjoy the scenery.  Both you and your crew are likely to be pretty excited.  After months of planning, we have finally made it!  Reality will set in when you remember that we are just one of approximately 30 crews that arrive every day.  And every one of these crews will have to go through the same in-processing routine.  But if you and your crew are prepared, the time can be shortened and the amount of confusion can be lessened.

Try also and remember that other than a few “first things first” items, the order of the in-processing activities described below may vary depending on the number of crews that arrive at the same time that we do and other factors.  Although you may feel the activities look like chaos, it is usually a very well controlled chaos.  Our Rangers will be following Rule 6 on Page 1 of the old Ranger Handbook - “Scramble, Be Flexible” - to get your crew’s check-in completed in the least amount of time possible.  Your attitude and level of preparation for the activities ahead (discussing options with the crew beforehand, being ready when its time, and so forth) will determine to a great extent the level of frustration and difficulty you encounter.


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Philmont Fire Information

For up to date fire information, please see Philmont's "Fire Information and Travel Delays" page.  You can get to that page by clicking HERE.


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