Trail Crew Trek

Register individual Fee
Season Summer Length 14 days and nights
Age 16 by date attending and not yet 21
Crew Size Provisional Crew will be organized by Philmont
Leadership 2 adult leaders provided by Philmont
Registration Anytime


Spend 14 days living and working in Philmont’s high country with the Conservation Department. Master the art and science of trail construction, and learn the ins and outs of conservation project management on this co-ed adventure. Return home with the skills and knowledge to confidently take on the challenges in your local parks and communities.


Trail Crew Trek (TCT) is a co-ed fourteen-day educational program focused on conservation and leadership development. TCT involves seven days of building trail, a seven-day educational trek throughout Philmont, hands-on experience with a variety of conservation projects on the ranch and visits from guest speakers involved in conservation and resource management. TCT provides a strong foundation for participants to become involved in service through conservation.

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To be able to participate in the Trail Crew Trek program, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old the day your program begins, but not 21 by its conclusion
  • Be physically fit, able to lift and handle materials up to 50 lbs. (Philmont height and weight guidelines will be strictly enforced.)
  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America (Boy Scout, Varsity Scout or Venturer).
  • A complete physical examination is required. (The BSA Annual Health and Medical Record form will be sent to those who are accepted.)

How Do I Apply?

Each participant must complete an application form (approved by a parent or guardian, a unit leader, and the Scout executive).

Session Dates

Session # Dates
1 June 14 - 28
2 July 26 - August 9

Shuttle Information

Here participants may find registration information for shuttle services to Philmont Scout Ranch from Denver, Colorado Springs and Albuquerque airports.


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.