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March 9 - March 23


PhilBreak is Philmont’s alternative spring break program, sponsored by the Philmont Staff Association. Following the Ute Park fire of 2018, the Philmont Conservation Department began more aggressive timber thinning projects in strategic areas of the Ranch. PhilBreak volunteers have the opportunity to assist Conservation Staff with these projects and leave a safer Philmont for the thousands of participants that the Ranch welcomes every summer. Participants will live in Base Camp during the work week, and all meals will be provided.

Trip Itinerary

  • Saturday: Volunteers arrive at Philmont prior to 5pm and spend the night in Base Camp.
  • Sunday-Thursday: Crews work on forestry projects, returning to Base Camp at the end of every day.
  • Friday: Participants have the opportunity to go on a hike in the backcountry, followed by a
    Recognition Dinner.
  • Saturday: Volunteers travel home after breakfast.

Participant Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years old by the date the program begins and have a paying parent/guardian in attendance.
  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • If you are over the age of 18, your youth protection training must be current.
  • Be in good physical condition, able to hike 3 or more miles with a 20-pound backpack and able to lift and handle materials up to 50 pounds. (Philmont height and weight guidelines will be strictly enforced.)
  • Complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.

Session Dates

Session 1: March 9-16
Session 2: March 16-23


Register for PhilBreak (General)- 2024

Register for PhilBreak (Philmont Staff Association) – 2024

Register: By individual

Season: Spring

Age: 16 or older (all youth must be accompanied by a paying parent/guardian)

Crew Size: Maximum 20

Leadership: Leadership provided by Philmont

Registration: Anytime 

PhilBreak Toolbox  
Traditional Trek Details 2024 Crew Packet
2025 Registration Information 2024 Guidebook to Adventure
Fees and Scholarships 2024 Guidebook to Adventure for Advisors    
2025 Financial Aid Application Shakedown Guide
Trek Requirements Facilities
Health and Medical Record Patches and Awards
Planning Calendar Equipment List
2024 Itinerary Guidebook Dining in The Backcountry
Philmont Prep Seminars New Mexico Fishing License
Traveling to Philmont Promote Your Philmont Trek
2024 Custom Crew Shirts Council & Unit Planning Guide
Crew Photos  


Discover Philmont Scout Ranch  
About Philmont Contact Us
Visit Us (Open Year-Round) Covid-19 Updates
Frequently Asked Questions Philmont Training Center
Tooth of Time Traders (PSR Store) BSA Family Adventure Camp
Philmont Museums Basecamp Webcam
Seasonal Staff Opportunities Philmont Photo Archive
Philmont Staff Association Philmont Stories (Blog)
Conservation Department Resources
Philmont Wildfire Recovery Ambassador Resources
Wildfire Recovery & Mitigation Fund  


March 9
March 23
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Philmont Basecamp
56 Camping Headquarters Road
Cimarron, NM 87714 United States
(575) 376-2281