• 12 days and nights

Fee: $1,575 in 2024

  • Register: By individual
  • Season: Summer
  • Age: 14 years old by the start date and not yet 18 by the end date
  • Crew Size: Provisional Crew will be organized by Philmont
  • Leadership: 2 adult leaders provided by Philmont
  • Registration: Anytime

The STEM Trek is a 12-day backcountry program for high-school aged scouts who have a strong interest in environmental science. Immerse yourself in the natural world while learning backcountry skills and experiencing classic Philmont program on this exciting trek!


STEM Trek is an introductory level backcountry trek focused on introducing scouts to the natural world and to Philmont. Led by knowledgeable staff, participants will explore modern scientific principles and how they apply to our everyday lives in the Southern Rockies. The overall experience and knowledge gained will give participants a greater appreciation for the world around them and the outdoor skills to explore it. The program endeavors to kindle the spark of curiosity that they arrive with and will place them in a place to begin a path of discovery in their local communities and home units.

2024 STEM Trek Dates

Session #1: June 13 – 25

Session #2: July 15 – 27

Session #3: July 23 – August 4

*All STEM Trek sessions are Co-ed.

Please Note: If less than six participants register for either session by May 1, the session may be canceled. Participants will be promptly notified and alternative programs suggested. 

Participant Requirements

To participate in a STEM Trek, participants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Be 14 years old by the date the program begins, but not yet 18 by its conclusion. 
  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Be in excellent physical condition, able to hike 10 or more miles per day with a 50-pound backpack. 
  • Complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.  Philmont height and weight requirements will be strictly enforced.
  • To comply with the BSA Youth Protection requirements, each session must have a minimum of two participants from the same gender attend. Individual youth participants may register without a buddy of the same gender, however, if no other youth participants of the same gender register, your session date may need to change or be canceled to comply with BSA Youth Protection requirements.

Program Fee & Scholarships

The fee for STEM Trek is $1,575 in 2024. A $150 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 are available on limited basis.

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