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June 20 - August 9


Are you ready to test your limits? On Rayado, you will join Scouts and Venturers from across the country to build the advanced outdoor skills and confidence you need to lead groups in the backcountry. Get ready for three weeks of rugged trails, intense teamwork, and unknown challenges. Led by two Philmont Rangers, participants will hike many miles, summit mountains, and overcome mental barriers by facing and adapting to unexpected conditions. You never know what adventure is waiting over the next mountain.

Rayado is designed to challenge participants’ physical and mental abilities. The program is known for developing outdoor leadership, problem solving, and advanced outdoor skills, including:

  • Wilderness backpacking skills
  • Navigation techniques
  • Communication and group dynamics
  • Advanced backcountry cooking skills
  • Wilderness stewardship (including Leave No Trace skills and ethics)
  • Backcountry first aid and emergency procedures

Rayado participants will explore many areas of the Ranch and enjoy activities unique to the program. To maintain the elements of surprise and discovery, specific details about trek activities are not disclosed in advance.

Who May Participate?

To be able to participate in the Rayado program, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Be 15 years old by the date the program begins and not yet 21.
  • Be in excellent physical condition and able to hike 10 or more miles with a 40- to 50-pound backpack. (Philmont height and weight guidelines will be strictly enforced.)
  • Have mastered the skills of Leave No Trace camping and backpacking. (Previous Philmont experience is not mandatory but is strongly recommended.)
  • Complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.

2024 Session Dates

There are two sessions of Rayado, each of which includes multiple treks for both male crews and female crews. Sessions dates are the same every year. 

Session #1: June 20 – July 10 (Session #1 Information Packet)

Session #2: July 20 – August 9 (Session #2 Information Packet)

2024 Rayado Information here.

Register for Rayado – Men

Register for Rayado – Women

Register: By individual

Season: Summer

Age: 15 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


Rayado 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  


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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  


June 20
August 9
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Philmont Basecamp
56 Camping Headquarters Road
Cimarron, NM 87714 United States
(575) 376-2281


Philmont Camping Headquarters (CHQ)
(575) 376-2281