Trail Crew Trek

  • 14 days and nights
  • Fee: $500 in 2024

  • 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

Spend 14 days living and working in Philmont’s high country as part of the Philmont Conservation Department. TCT is designed to teach participants how to plan and facilitate conservation projects in their local communities. TCT Crews are given a unique itinerary that combines work projects, program, and lessons from Natural Resource Professionals. Crew members are expected to work hard and question the how and why of the world around them in order to learn as much as possible during their time at the Ranch.


Trail Crew Trek (TCT) is a 14-day co-ed program focused on conservation project facilitation and personal leadership development. Participants will work with Philmont Staff to complete trail and camp projects while taking part in the classic backcountry experiences that Philmont is known for. Throughout the duration of the program, participants will gain experience and learn the soft skills needed to plan and facilitate a project outside of Philmont. The TCT program teaches these skills not only through the physical work, but also through lessons and events with Conservation professionals from Philmont and the surrounding area. TCT provides a strong foundation for any Scout interested in conducting any type of project at the local level.

Session Dates

Session #1: June 12 – 26

Session #2: July 3 – 17

Session #3: July 24 – Aug 7

*All Trail Crew Trek sessions are Co-ed.

Participant Requirements

To be able to participate in the Trail Crew Trek 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 the Boy Scouts of America.
  • 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.
  • 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 Trail Crew Trek is $500 for 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 a limited basis.

Additional Information

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