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Personal Equipment

Use the following list as a guide in deciding what to bring. If you are working in Base Camp, you can plan for hot weather during the day (80s to 90s) with cool nights (40s to 70s). It can be much cooler in the higher elevations of the backcountry. Metal wardrobe lockers are provided for staff in base camp and can be locked with a standard gym padlock (you must provide the padlock).

Consult the personal equipment list in the Philmont Guidebook to Adventure if your job includes backpacking or if you plan to day hike or backpack during free time. Informal dress is appropriate for days off if you plan to leave Philmont property. Please limit the amount of personal gear you bringas you will be sharing your living quarters with one or more individuals. *Pets are NOT allowed at Philmont.

If necessary, Rangers can be furnished with a backpack and trail tent for the duration of employment at no charge (unless damaged).

  • At least two (2) complete Scout or Philmont Staff uniforms
  • Three blankets and sheets or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Rubber soled shoes
  • Lightweight hiking shoes or boots
  • Flashlight
  • Laundry bag
  • Duffel bag or pack
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Underwear, socks, sleeping clothes
  • Toiletry and sewing kit
  • Towels and handkerchiefs
  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Long pants
  • Watch
  • Battery-powered alarm clock
  • Supply of personal medications to last through employment
  • Camera
  • Musical instrument
  • Footlocker with lock
  • Wide brim hat or cap
  • Bible, testament, or prayer book
  • Notebook, pen, pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Wester clothing (required for Wranglers/Horsemen)
  • Fishing gear (New Mexico fishing license required)
  • Pocket knife
  • Sandals (only for use in Base Camp or backcountry camps; sandals are not for hiking; socks must be worn with sandals)

Shipping Your Equipment

footlocker or trunk is best for shipping your equipment; be sure yours is equipped with a clasp and padlock or a built-in lock to safeguard your gear. 

UPS provides daily delivery to Philmont Scout Ranch and is the most available service in the local area if it is necessary for you to ship your personal equipment. Use your Philmont Mailing Address shown in the section below when shipping via UPS. All shipments must be prepaid. You should plan to ship your baggage at least two weeks in advance of your arrival date and mark each parcel:

Your Name & Dept/Camp
HOLD FOR ARRIVAL [Date]
47 Caballo Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

Incoming packages will be delivered to the Philmont Mail Room at CHQ or the PTC office.

Bicycles & Motorcycles

Because of heavy vehicular traffic there are a limited number of times and roads where bikes can be safely ridden. They are not to be ridden on narrow pathways and heavily trafficked roads in the Camping Headquarters area or around the Villa Philmonte grounds. They can be used on the Lovers Leap, Abreu, and Cimarroncito roads as far as the trail heads during daylight after 4:30 PM and before 8:00 AM.

Due to heavy traffic, U.S. Forest Service regulations permit mountain bikes to be used in National Forests only on designated trails and roads. Bicycles, motorcycles, or motorized trail bikes are not permitted beyond locked gates on Philmont property. If you bring a bicycle, you are responsible for obtaining a registration sticker when you check-in and for securing it outside of your quarters.

YOU MUST ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET WHEN RIDING A BICYCLE, ATV, OR UTV ON PHILMONT PROPERTY.

Firearms & Weapons

Firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, and other weapons are used at Philmont on a closely controlled basis. Personal firearms, ammunition, and other weapons are not to be used on Philmont property under any circumstance. If you cannot avoid bringing a firearm, it must be in a locked case and checked in at the registration office when you arrive and checked out when you depart Philmont. Secure storage is provided at CHQ. DO NOT store firearms in vehicles!

Federal and state law restricts the transportation of most firearms across state lines so be sure you comply. Sheath knives (fixed blade) and hatchets are not allowed except as part of an interpretive costume.

Personal Property Security

Philmont is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings. It is recommended that items of value be left at home and that you provide loss coverage for your personal effects. This may be included on your parents’ homeowners’ policy. If you can bring a foot locker and padlock, you will have extra storage and security.

Philmont is NOT responsible for theft of or damage to vehicles, bicycles, or personal property. Damaged or stolen items will not be replaced by Philmont.