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COVID-19: Philmont’s Response

General Philmont Information: 575-376-2281

Trek Information/Registrars

Email: Philmont.Camping@scouting.org
Phone: 505-652-6711 and 505-652-6018 

Training Center

Email: Philmont.TrainingCenter@scouting.org
Phone: 575-447-2019 and 575-643-6329 

Seasonal Personnel

Email: Philmont.Staff@scouting.org 
Phone: 575-224-6393 and 304-719-2783

Tooth of Time Traders

Email: ToothofTimeTraders@scouting.org 
Phone: 575-376-1145 

National Scouting Museum

Email: Philmont.Museums@scouting.org 
Phone: 575-643-5669 and 575-376-1136

Philmont will honor ECSI Course Completion Card Extension

Update: 4/6/20 – 8:30 AM 

The Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) has announced a 60-day extension to the validity of their course completion cards for those who are unable to access training. Philmont will honor this extension for crews attending in 2020.  

Philmont recognizes that this does not assist all crews who are struggling to complete the Wilderness First Aid requirements for their trek. We are working with the BSA Health and Safety Team who has continued to monitor the status of instructor-led courses and is working with our partners at the American Red Cross and ECSI for acceptable alternatives in the event courses are not available in your community.  

Updates will be posted here as they are available.

Adventure is Unpredictable

Update: 4/1/20 – 1:00 PM

None of us have ever experienced anything like the last few days, weeks, and months.  While we know, this too shall pass, we continue to evaluate what’s next. There are many moving parts, like understanding the impact of New Mexico’s “Stay at Home” order on the pandemic, or how other states responses will impact the virus, how domestic travel regulations will continue to change, and how all of this impacts our Scouting volunteers and their families, our trekking crews, PTC participants, family adventurers and staff. 

We are disappointed that this update can’t contain more decisions but waiting on more data to determine our direction seems prudent.  In the meantime, we continue to prepare for a full summer.  Our commissary has packed trail meals for the planned arrival of 21,500 participants.  Our full-time employees continue to maintain utilities, and prepare roads, backcountry camps, and red roof inns, for your arrival. 

We are doing our part to help stop the spread and have implemented the following measures: 

  • Closed the Ranch to visitors through April 30th and canceled all program groups during this time 
  • Transitioned staff to work from home, where possible 
  • Increased cleaning of common areas and offices 
  • Eliminated salad bars and self-serve areas from our dining hall 
  • Reducing seasonal staff numbers to alleviate communal living 
  • Adjusted work and schedules to follow social distancing 

We asked our seasonal staff, who had planned arrivals between now and April 30th to delay their travel to Philmont until further notice, and we will have an update for them and our May 1 15 staff arrivals on April 15.   

As always, the safety of all our participants, guests, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. 

Currently, any crew requesting a refund would be under the refund policy that is stated in your adult advisor’s guidebook.  Please stay tuned for an update on April 15th, and in the meantime, follow the appropriate guidelines of your local, state and national health officials, as we are doing, and prepare yourself mentally and physically for your summer at Philmont. 

For a joint statement from the High Adventure Bases and information regarding medical forms and Wilderness First Aid click here. 

We will email you with additional updates and information. Updates will also be posted on philmontscoutranch.org/coronavirus 

Thank you for your support, 

Roger Hoyt 
General Manager 
Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Adjusts Operation to Comply with New Mexico Public Health Order

Update: 3/24/20 – 4:30 PM

Following a Public Health Order issued by the State of New Mexico, Philmont remains closed to the public through April 10th, and all employees that can work from home are making that transition. 

Please note that with employees out of the office, phone numbers for certain operations have been altered. These numbers are temporary and will return to Philmont’s main number of 575-376-2281 when the public health order is lifted. Additional time may be required for us to answer your questions as our staff transition to this new work arrangement. 

We ask that you use the provided emails as your first method of contact.

General Philmont Information: 575-376-2281

Trek Information/Registrars

Email: Philmont.Camping@scouting.org
Phone: 505-652-6711 and 505-652-6018 

Training Center

Email: Philmont.TrainingCenter@scouting.org
Phone: 575-447-2019 and 575-643-6329 

Seasonal Personnel

 

Email: Philmont.Staff@scouting.org 
Phone: 575-224-6393 and 304-719-2783

Tooth of Time Traders

Email: ToothofTimeTraders@scouting.org 
Phone: 575-376-1145 

National Scouting Museum

Email: Philmont.Museums@scouting.org 

Phone: 575-643-5669 and 575-376-1136 

Philmont Extends Public Closure Through April 10th

Update: 3/19/20 – 10:00 AM

Following a Public Health Order issued by the State of New Mexico, Philmont’s public closure has been extended through April 10th. There will be no group arrivals during this time. If you need assistance please call us at 575-376-2281 and we will be happy to help.

This decision does not affect summer programs. We are hopeful that the widespread social distancing and containment efforts will help stop the spread of this virus.

We will continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and provide updates as they are available. Additional updates and information will be shared on this page.

Philmont Closed to the Public Until April 1st

Update: 3/17/20 – 10:45 AM

Following CDC guidelines and recommendations from the state of New Mexico, Philmont has made the decision to close to the public until April 1st. This decision affects the National Scouting Museum, Tooth of Time Traders (toothoftimetraders.com remains open), and all offices. Conferences and Winter Adventure activities of more than 10 have also been canceled. Staff will remain on-site and continue to work, with efforts to increase social distancing. If you need assistance please call us at 575-376-2281 and we will be happy to help.

This decision does not affect summer programs. We are hopeful that the widespread social distancing and containment efforts will help stop the spread of this virus.

We will continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and provide updates as they are available. Additional updates and information will be shared on this page.

PhilBreak Session 4 Cancelled

Update: 3/17/20 – 9:30 AM

Following CDC guidelines and New Mexico state recommendations, Philmont has made the decision to cancel PhilBreak Session 4. Depending on how you registered, you can expect to receive a refund in the next 7 to 21 days. As always, your safety and the safety of all our participants, guests, volunteers, and employees is our top priority.

This decision does not affect summer treks. We are hopeful that the widespread social distancing and containment efforts will help stop the spread of this virus.

We will continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and provide updates as they are available.

As always, your safety and the safety of all our participants, guests, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect programs at Philmont. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our Chief of Medical Services and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.

BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist. As part of the National Camp Accreditation Program, Philmont has response plans in place for communicable diseases, which are updated regularly. 

Status of Upcoming Winter/Spring Programs

The following Winter/Spring programs have been canceled at this time:

  • March 20-22 – Cub Scout National Camp School
  • March 21-28 – PhilBreak Session 4
  • March 30-April 4 – Resident National Camp School
  • April 24-26 – NM Search and Rescue Council ESCAPE Conference

We will continue to evaluate future programs/events and will communicate any changes if they arise. 

We do ask that you follow the following steps:

Step one:

Don’t travel if you or someone in your household has had the following symptoms within the last 24 hours.

  • Fever (100.4 F or greater)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, then you should not travel or participate in Philmont program.

  • Unexplained extreme fatigue or muscle aches
  • Rash
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Open sore

Step two:

While traveling to and while at Philmont practice good hygiene and self-care practices.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your face or mouth whenever possible. 
  • Cover your cough and wash your hands after coughing.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items, and wash your hands after using shared items. 
  • Avoid crowded spaces whenever possible, and try to keep a 3-foot circle of personal space around you whenever possible.

Upon arrival at Philmont, a medical screening including checking your temperature may be performed by a trained Philmont staff member to ensure that all participants are symptom-free upon arrival.  Please plan to arrive on time and check-in with a Philmont staff member upon arrival at Philmont.

Status of Summer Programs (Treks, Training Center, and Staff)

No summer programs have been canceled or affected at this time. We will continue to monitor and consult with experts and provide updates as they become available. It is important to continue everyday prevention measures. As you prepare for your Philmont adventure, decisions about unit meetings and trek preparation activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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