Why Should I go to Philmont
So you can cross it off your bucket list! Seriously, this two week backpacking trip through beautiful New Mexico is something that your Scouts will talk about for the rest of their lives. Your Scouts will be transformed when they leave this incredible place. Plus, it's not just hiking. You'll also get a chance to participate in climbing, horseback riding, shooting sports and panning for gold in the back country.
"My name is Logan Alger, and I was the Crew Leader for Crew 702-P-08
[for the Northern Star Contingent, 2016]. Our crew consisted of a group
of 12 individuals, divided among four different Troops: four youth,
myself, and my dad from Troop 9268, two boys and their dads from
Wisconsin, a solo youth from St. Michael, MN, and a Northern Star
Council representative. Needless to say, our crew's diversity didn't
slow us down. Our crew would go on to trek 86 rugged miles over eleven
days and be the first of the day to summit the 12441-foot Baldy
Mountain. We would sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" rambunctiously as we hiked
down the trail and often enjoy ourselves while playing cards after the
long day of hiking."
This isn't to say the trek was not challenging either. The day before
summiting Baldy, I did have a stressful day trying to maintain crew
unity. After one particularly long day of hiking, I had to resolve a
conflict between the adults in my crew. However, learning how to deal
with these difficult circumstances at Philmont taught me to deal with
the adversity and persevere.
Despite our crew diversity and challenges along the way, the Philmont
experience forged ties of brotherhood that continue to prosper. I and
the other youth still remain connected via social media and intend to
have a crew reunion this spring. So while Philmont was an extraordinary
adventure, it also created a crew for future adventures to come."
What is a council contingent?
A contingent is a large group made up of youth and adults from
multiple troops and crews throughout the council. A contingent also prepares for the extensive trip together and travels
as a group to New Mexico! Units that don't have enough interest to form
their own crew or did not get space in the Philmont lottery will often
take advantage of a council contingent.
When is the 2018 Contingent?
Our 2018 contingent will be at Philmont from June 26 - July 10 (including travel). The cost is estimated to be about $1700 per
person and will include Philmont fees, travel, food, possible
field trips and a contingent shirt.
How do I get more information?
If you're interested in joining the 2018 contingent please contact
one of our staff members listed below to be added.
Our council has 20 youth and adult spots available in the
2018 contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch! Will you be in one of them?