Trek Preparation

What to Bring

Print these equipment lists to use as checklists when you're packing for Philmont, and be sure to check our tips and advice when purchasing equipment for your expedition.

Dining In The Backcountry

Philmont will provide all the food that crews require on the trail.

Philmont Advisor Skill School (PASS)

These courses have been designed to train you to bring a crew to Philmont even if you've never been yourself.

Shakedown Guide

This guide is intended to be an all-encompassing tool for crews to utilize in order to prepare for an upcoming Philmont trek. It is highly recommended that crews participate in at least two shakedown hikes prior to their trek.

These tips and techniques, developed from the experiences of staff and campers, are provided to make your Philmont experience safer and more enjoyable.

Philmont Trek Preparation Videos

Our selection of specialized Philmont trek preparation videos includes:

  • How To Pack A Backpack
  • How To Use A Map & Compass
  • How To Set Up A Campsite
  • How To Hang A Bear Bag
  • Backcountry Cooking Methods
  • How To Wash Dishes
  • More...


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.