Wilderness Pledge Acheivement Requirements

Under the guidance of the crew Wilderness
Pledge Guia (Guide)
, each participant in a trek may work to fulfill the requirements of the Wilderness Pledge
Achievement Award.

Once requirements are met, the Wilderness Pledge Achievement Award Patch may be purchased in person at the Tooth
of Time Traders
. For those who have already left Philmont, please complete this
order form
and fax it to the Tooth of Time Traders at 575-376-2542. The proceeds from the purchase of this
award are used to expand Philmont’s sustainability initiatives (recycling efforts, sustainability education, etc.).


  1. Take part in the Ranger led training for the Philmont Wilderness Pledge and Leave No Trace.
  2. Follow all Philmont camping practices as outlined by your Ranger throughout your trek.
  3. Practice all Philmont bear and wildlife procedures throughout your trek.
  4. Take part in seven trail discussions with your crew that will focus on each of the seven principles of Leave
    No Trace
    and find examples of the focus principle during that day of the trek.
  5. Complete three hours of conservation work under the direction of a member of the Philmont Conservation Staff. (Three
    hours of conservation work is also a requirement for the Philmont Arrowhead Patch. Conservation work is built
    into every itinerary, and hours count towards both awards.)

Philmont Wilderness Pledge

The major points of emphasis in the Philmont Wilderness Pledge are:

  1. Litter/Graffiti – Each camper should make sure that all trails, campsites and facilities are
    left neat and clean.
  2. Wildlife – Respect wild (and domestic) animals. Do not feed or harass any wild animals.
  3. Water – Remember, you are in a land where water is scarce and very precious. You should never
    bathe or do laundry or dishes in or near a spring or stream. Do not throw rocks in springs or touch any solar
    systems. They are easily damaged and the flow of water can be disrupted.
  4. Trails – Pledge yourself to respect all trails. Do not cut or mark green boughs or trees. Do not
    cut across switchbacks, and do not alter trail signs.
  5. Campsites – Each crew is responsible for leaving a neat and orderly campsite. Whether it be in
    Camping Headquarters, staffed camps, or non-staffed camps, your campsite should be left litter-free with its
    latrine and sump clean. Fires (if permitted) must be left DEAD OUT.