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Covid-19 Mitigation at Philmont

Philmont Scout Ranch Update:  March 12th.

It is with great excitement that we bring you this update. Philmont began welcoming participants at the end of February in accordance with the State of New Mexico’s current public health order. Participants are following pre-screening and arrival protocols including confirmation of a negative Covid-19 test.  All participants must expect to test negative prior to arrival through the end of April. This return of participants to the backcountry has been long awaited.

Preparations for the 2021 summer season are underway! The Philmont staff has been relentless since the onset of the pandemic in preparing and continually updating our mitigation plan with one primary goal in mind: the health and safety of our staff, participants, and our community. Our plan will continue to adapt as changes occur to CDC and State of New Mexico guidelines.  To see our “Quick Look” highlights, including a link to the most recent updated plan, click here.

A Covid-19 surcharge of $50 per participant was announced in November which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • PPE for all 1,500 summer staff.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • The installation of outdoor handwashing kiosks at three dining hall locations.
  • The potential need for rapid testing of all staff & participants if exhibiting symptoms on arrival or during their stay.
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing teams at base camp and the Philmont Training Center.
  • Sterilizing bus and transports to airports, Raton and trailheads.
  • Rapid read non-contact thermometers for all Backcountry program areas and numerous locations at Base Camp.
  • The additional costs of isolating crews or individuals and caring for them should a quarantine be necessary.

Additionally, the cost of food has gone up, specifically in transportation costs. If crews in Base Camp must be restricted to bubbles, we will serve trail meals. These meals cost significantly more than the camper dining hall meals. The costs of program supplies increased over the previously budgeted amount also due to increasing transportation costs.

Two outdoor pavilions are currently under construction at the camper and staff dining halls to facilitate more outdoor seating. Tents will also be purchased/rented to expand outdoor dining at the Philmont Training Center. A Philmont branded mask will be provided for all participants.

New Mexico has implemented a 4-tier system that includes group gathering sizes and guidelines for businesses. Attaining a “turquoise” level in Colfax County, where Philmont is located, will allow groups of 150 or less to congregate. At this level we will be able to execute Philmont programming at our highest levels of service and safety.

We appreciate your support, commitment and understanding.

On behalf of all of us at Philmont Scout Ranch, we are committed to Delivering Wilderness Adventures that Last a Lifetime. 

2021 Covid-19 Supplementary Forms

Philmont requires that anyone who has been hospitalized for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic be cleared by their primary care provider. Philmont recommends that participants who had a positive Covid-19 test or Covid-19 illness, regardless of severity, within 6 months of scheduled arrival at Philmont be cleared for high levels of exertion at high elevations by their primary care provider.