• 12 days and nights

Fee: $1,295 in 2022

  • 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 an exciting backcountry program for scouts who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Get an in-depth look at Philmont’s most popular programs with specially trained Philmont Staff as your guides. Explore both modern science and historical technology used to facilitate backcountry program and operate Philmont!


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 shooting, blacksmithing, and rock climbing. Led by knowledgeable staff, participants will explore modern scientific principles, as well as historical examples of technology employed by miners, loggers, and homesteaders during the 19th century. STEM Trek is a co-ed experience. The overall experience and knowledge gained will give participants a greater appreciation for the simple things in their every day lives. 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.

2022 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.

Application Process

Complete the STEM Trek application, coming soon. Apply early for best consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until all spaces ae filled. Have it approved by a parent or guardian and unit leader. Send your completed application to philmont.camping@scouting.orgOnce accepted, mail your deposit to:

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

Program Fee & Scholarships

The fee for STEM Trek is $1,295 in 2022. 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.

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.

**Shuttle forms/dates/rates are currently under review for 2022 and will be posted when available.