Trek Preparation

Shakedown Guide

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

Packing List

This packing list can serve as a guide when deciding what gear to bring for a trek.

Dining In The Backcountry

Learn more about trail food, cooking and dining in the backcountry.

Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS)

These courses, held around the country, are designed to train Advisors to help their crew prepare for a trek.

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
  • And 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.