Order Of The Arrow Trail Crew Trek

  • 14 days and nights
  • Fee: $325 in 2020 and 2021

  • Register: By individual
  • Season: Summer
  • Age: 16 years old by the start date and not yet 21 by the end date
  • Crew Size: Provisional Crew will be organized by Philmont
  • Leadership: 2 adult leaders provided by Philmont
  • Registration: Anytime

Join a crew of Arrowmen dedicated to cheerful service on this 14-day adventure. Experienced Philmont Conservation Department staff with strong OA backgrounds will lead participants on the two-week program. The first week focuses on leaving a tangible legacy through trail construction and maintenance. The second week is a seven-day backpacking trek through Philmont’s backcountry, designed by participants. Prepare to be challenged mentally, physically, and spiritually.


The week of trail construction is full of long, strenuous days requiring a great deal of physical effort. Participants are expected to work with great diligence, as the trail that is being built is designed to last for more than 75 years and protect the beautiful landscape of Philmont Scout Ranch. Other than trail-building techniques, Scouts will strengthen their leadership skills, learn advanced backpacking and low impact camping skills, participate in backcountry program, and will receive special OA program. The mission of the OATC program is to maintain, reinforce and enhance the purpose of the Order of the Arrow by reconnecting participants with some of the original principles of Scouting: brotherhood, cheerfulness, service and the outdoors. Participants are expected to use their experience to benefit their troop, chapter, lodge and council programs.

Session Dates

Session #1: June 8-22 (co-ed)

Session #2: June 15-29

Session #3: June 22-July 6 

Session #4: June 29-July 13 (co-ed)

Session#5: July 6-20 

Session #6: July 13-27

Session#7: July 20-August 3 (co-ed)

Session#8: July 27-August 10

Session #9: August 3-17

Who May Participate?

To be able to participate in the Order of the Arrow Trail Crew program, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old by the date the program begins and not yet 21 by the date it ends.
  • Be a registered member of both the Boy Scouts of America and a local Order of the Arrow Lodge.
  • Be in excellent physical condition, able to hike 10 or more miles with a 50-pound backpack and able to lift and handle materials up to 75 pounds.
  • Complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. Philmont height and weight requirements will be strictly enforced.

Scouts from the same unit, or otherwise acquainted, will be placed in separate crews.

Application Process

Application information can be found on the OA High Adventure Website here: https://oa-bsa.org/high-adventure/our-adventures/oa-trail-crew

The application will be processed through the National Order of the Arrow Registration System (NOAERS): https://registration.oa-bsa.org/

Program Fee/Scholarships

The fee for Order of the Arrow Trail Crew is $325 in 2020 and 2021. A $50 deposit is required with this application with the remaining balance due at the time of acceptance into the program. Additional expenses, including travel to and from Philmont, as well as miscellaneous purchases, are the responsibility of the participant. Scholarships from Philmont are available on a limited basis. Scholarships are also available within the Order of the Arrow at the local levels. Most sections have scholarship funds, and your lodge chief should be able to put you in contact with someone in your area who will know more.

Additional Information

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Shuttle Information

Shuttle service is available to Philmont from Denver, Colorado Springs and Albuquerque airports. Please download a shuttle form below. These shuttles are not available for 12-day, 9-day, 7-day, or cavalcade crews. 

Please note that the shuttle servicing Denver and Colorado Springs cannot transport a Scout with “unaccompanied minor” airline status.