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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.

Overview

Constructed with the ideals of the Order of the Arrow at its center, the OA Trail Crew focuses on personal growth through cheerful service and challenging outdoor experiences.  The first week participants will build trail at a remote backcountry worksite and will learn skills needed to successfully trek through Philmont their second week at the ranch.  Crew members are expected to work with diligence, and as a reward they have the privilege of helping to design their own trek week.

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 (Co-ed)

Session #6: July 13-27

Session#7: July 20-August 3 (Co-ed)

Session#8: July 27-August 10

Session #9: August 3-17

Participant Requirements

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 at Philmont.Conservation@scouting.org.

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.