Trek Requirements

More than 1 million scouts, venturers and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont Scout Ranch since the first camping season in 1939. Today, approximately 18,000 participants attend Philmont Scout Ranch each summer. Philmont’s individual programs welcome an even wider range of participants. Hundreds more scouters attend Philmont’s Autumn Adventure and Winter Adventure programs each year. 

Crew Requirements

Many of Philmont’s popular programs require that participants form a crew of eight to twelve people in order to attend. Crew-oriented programs include standard 10-day summer treks, Cavalcade treks, Autumn Adventure treks and Winter Adventure treks. LEARN MORE

Health/Medical Requirements

Each Philmont trek participant must not exceed the maximum acceptable limit in the weight-for-height chart. LEARN MORE 

Medical Conditions

Philmont Scout Ranch requires that this information be shared with the parent(s) or guardian(s) and examining physician of every participant. LEARN MORE 


Philmont Scout Ranch strives to minimize risks to participants and advisers by emphasizing proper safety precautions. Most Philmont program participants do not experience injuries because they are prepared. LEARN MORE 

Youth Adult Requirements

Each Philmont expedition or group must have at least two BSA registered adult advisers for Scout groups. Two advisers must be at least 21 years of age. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. Each crew is required to have a majority of youth participants, and the maximum number of adults (over 21) is four per crew. Participants 18 through 20 years of age may be counted as youth or adult crew members. LEARN MORE 

Policies and Prohibitions

Philmont maintains strict policies on topics such as firearms, tobacco and alcohol. LEARN MORE 

A Word About Conduct

Each group should develop a procedure regarding unacceptable behavior and/or conduct. LEARN MORE

Individual Programs

All of our individual programs allow scouts and venturers ranging from 14 through 20 years of age to sign up individually without the need to form a crew.

Age and gender requirements are specific to each program so please refer to the individual program pages for specific information. LEARN MORE