• 8 days and nights
  • Fee: $970 in 2019, $1,015 in 2020

  • Register: by individual
  • Season: Summer
  • Age: 14 by day attending but not yet 21
  • Crew Size: Provisional Crew will be organized by Philmont
  • Leadership: 2 adult leaders provided by Philmont
  • Registration: Anytime

The STEM Trek is an exciting program for Scouts and Venturers who have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Get an up-close and personal look at Philmont’s most popular programs with specially chosen Rangers, Backcountry, and Conservation Staff as your guides throughout this 12-day co-ed trek. Come explore the modern and historical technology used across the ranch while gaining on insider’s perspective on how everything really works.


The STEM Trek will offer each participant the chance to explore the Philmont backcountry in a whole new way! Investigate the “why and how” behind backcountry programs like rifle shooting, blacksmithing and rock climbing. Led by knowledgeable staff, participants will explore modern scientific principles in physics and biology, as well as historical examples of technology employed by miners, loggers and homesteaders during the 19th century. Topics discussed include chemistry, material science, geology and astronomy, with hands-on activities using forestry tools and examining water quality. The experience of working on such a wide array of projects will provide vital knowledge for use at local council camps and managed areas in the participant’s community when he or she returns home. STEM Trek participants will work and hike in crews under the leadership of trained Philmont rangers, many of whom have academic backgrounds in STEM fields, and years of experience working in an outdoor classroom. Crews will be composed of young men and women from all over the United States. All crew equipment such as tents, cooking gear and tools will be provided by Philmont and all participants will be covered by campers’ insurance. Because of the remote settings and elevation, participants need to be prepared, both physically and mentally, to handle the challenges of the trek. Philmont experiences a wide variety of weather situations. Participants should be prepared for possible 100 degree days, 40 degree nights, as well as days of rain and even snow. All this adds to the STEM Trek and the Philmont experience.


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

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. (Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer)
  • Be 14 years old by date of participation or 13 and completed 8th grade, but not yet 21 by its conclusion.
  • Be in excellent physical condition, able to hike 10 or more miles per day with a 40-50 lb. backpack.
  • A complete BSA Annual Health and Medical Record is required.

STEM Trek Dates

  • Session #1 July 10 – 22
  • Session #2 July 16 – 28
  • Session #3 July 22 – August 3

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

Unit & Local Council Responsibilities

The participant’s unit leader and local council executive must approve only those young adults who meet the qualifications for this program. Philmont is not an easy experience and is a risk for those not physically prepared for the rigors of the New Mexico mountains.

How To Apply

Complete the STEM Trek application. Apply early for best consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until all spaces are filled. Have it approved by a parent or guardian, a unit leader and your Scout Executive. Mail your completed application to:

Philmont Scout Ranch Attn: STEM Trek 17 Deer Run Road Cimarron, NM 87714

Philmont will notify you of your acceptance. If accepted, a packet of materials will be sent in May to assist you in preparing for your Philmont trek experience.

Program Fee/Scholarships

The fee for STEM Trek is . A $50 deposit is required with this application (balance due at the time of acceptance into the program; those applicants not accepted or canceled before May 1 will have their deposit returned). Additional expenses, including travel to and from Philmont, as well as miscellaneous purchases, are the responsibility of the participant. Scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Shuttle Information

Find information about shuttle services to Philmont Scout Ranch from Denver, Colorado Springs and Albuquerque airports.

Additional Information

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the STEM Trek Program.