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Category: Backcountry

The 10 essentials for hiking at Philmont

Everything you need to know before you gear up and hit the trail.

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The little toaster that could

Philmont is, without a doubt, a challenge. Enter the toaster.

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Crater Boys welcome girls

“The way we see it, we’re just as much Crater Boys as the Crater Boys of the past have been,” Program Counselor Cassandra Carl said. “Doesn’t matter if we’re girls, we’re still the Crater Men. It’s really dang cool.”

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Santa Claus returns

This summer, Santa Claus Backcountry camp is outfitted with 14 campsites, a refurbished staff cabin, a reloading cabin and a shooting range

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Facing the unexpected

When crew 620-RM1 came to Philmont, they were strangers. In just 24 hours they would embark on the journey of a lifetime together— a 20-day Rayado trek.

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Philmont hosts first Family Adventure Camp

Photographed by Gabe Jackson.   From the peak of Baldy to the meadows of Carson, the Backcountry has enchanted over a million Scouts and lingers in the hearts of many. Now, Philmont is offering a way for past participants and Scouters to experience the Backcountry. Those looking to relive their Philmont experience or see the […]

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Metcalf welcomes first female staff members

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQj2Kl2Cqg0&t=10s Video by Zoe Hambley.  Editor’s Note: Philmont’s busiest season ever is in full swing. A record number of participants and seasonal staff are coming to the ranch this summer and new milestones are being reached. Three staff camps have female Program Counselors for the first time ever this year: Metcalf Station, Crater Lake and […]

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Crew 608-AA comes HOmE

Photographed by Chris Langlois. It was only a few days before their 2018 trek when crew 608-AA received the call: Philmont was closed for the summer. “I wasn’t sure how excited I was [for the trek] last year until we got the call that said, ‘We’re canceling,’” Chad Brockermeyer, one of the crew’s adult leaders, […]

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History comes to life at Philmont staff camps

Photographed by Sherry Hamilton. Rayado staff camp came alive with laughter and song when over a hundred Philmont staffers came for specialty training on June 2. Each camp worked to improve their acting skills by expanding their historical knowledge and learning more about program activities for visitors. Philmont brought in historical experts and actors to […]

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Yurt building at Valle Vidal

Photographed by Monica Dunn. As a caravan of Philburbans and commissary trucks crawled up the road toward Seally Canyon, the excitement was palpable. “We’re home!” yelled one staff member, jumping out of the vehicle and running over to hug another staffer when the vehicles came to their final stop. The group assembled in the Valle […]

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