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2020 Conferences

August 2-8 - CANCELLED

August 9-15 - CANCELLED

August 16-22 - CANCELLED

September 20-26 - Outdoor Programs & Properties Week

Introduction

Sept. 11 – 16th

Hiking and camping without a trace are signs of an expert outdoorsman, and of a Scout or Scouter who cares for the environment. Leave No Trace is an awareness and an attitude rather than a set of rules. It applies in your backyard or local park as much as in the backcountry. We should all practice Leave No Trace in our thinking and actions—wherever we go.

Training

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to implementing Leave No Trace at all program levels.

Advanced training is available for Master Educators, the top Leave No Trace instructors. Master Educators teach Trainers, the second level of instructors. Trainers and Master Educators conduct awareness workshops, which are designed to promote Leave No Trace.

Through a cooperative agreement with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the BSA is actively placing Master Educators in every council and Trainers in every district.

Master Educator Courses

The five-day Master Educator course is designed for people who are actively teaching outdoor skills or providing recreation information to the public. This valuable training is recognized throughout the world by the outdoors industry, land management agencies, and the outdoor recreation community. Master Educators can train others in Leave No Trace skills as well as facilitate Leave No Trace Trainer courses and awareness workshops.

Registration

To register for the Leave No Trace Master Educator course please use the form below. For questions please contact Keith Nelson at 575-376-2281 or email camping@philmontscoutranch.org.

  • 5 days and nights
  • Fee: $350 in 2020 and 2021

  • Register: By individual
  • Season: Fall
  • Dates: Sept 11-16, 2020
  • Age: Minimum 18
  • Leadership: Guides provided by Philmont
  • Registration: Anytime

Looking for an opportunity to bring your family to Philmont? Look no further! Family Adventure Camp is a family-friendly adventure that allows you to choose your own schedule from a variety of options, including hikes, COPE, horseback riding, shooting, fishing and more! BSA Family Adventure Camp is open to all registered BSA members and their families, so don’t miss a chance to have your family experience the magic of Philmont. LEARN MORE

This is a National Camping School Resident Camp Director course designed for those who will be directors of resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

Restricted to Camp Rangers, this course will combine planning and skills with intensive hands-on experience in carpentry and plumbing applications typically found in the camp setting. Completion of the course will qualify for “continuing education” credit for maintaining Camp Ranger credentials.

Calling all Certified Angling Instructors who wish to expand their influence and bring further fishing opportunities to Scouts by running CAI courses in your area! You have been successful as a fishing advocate for your unit or council, and it is time to offer a CAI course expanding fishing programs with other CAIs. This course, facilitated by the BSA National Fishing sub-committee, will prepare you to run a successful CAI Course with confidence. You will be provided with a CAI Course Manual that provides guidance in recruiting, planning and operating a successful course. The course includes in-depth discussion on CAI course design, team member recruitment and development, financial planning, facility considerations and course marketing. Some trips into the backcountry for native trout fishing have been scheduled as part of the course. (Training Code S-54)

This is a National Camping School Climbing Directors course designed for those who will be leading and instructing climbing/rappelling programs. It has been developed to support council, district and unit volunteers in teaching safe climbing and rappelling techniques at Philmont’s natural sites or constructed facilities. This course includes initiative games, climbing, bouldering, rappelling, anchor systems and a wide variety of ways to teach them. Participants will be divided into groups dependent on their skill level. Since most of this conference will take place in Philmont’s beautiful backcountry, participants must be in good physical condition. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by your council to attend.

This is a National Camping School COPE Directors course designed for those who will be leading and instructing COPE programs. It has been developed to support council, district and unit volunteers in teaching safe climbing and rappelling techniques at Philmont’s natural sites or constructed facilities. Since most of this conference will take place in Philmont’s beautiful backcountry, participants must be in good physical condition. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by your council to attend.

This is a National Camping School Ecology course designed for those who will serve as ecology directors for resident camps. Since this conference in time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

This will be a week devoted to all things NCAP.  There will be discussions about Authorization, Assessments, Interim Reports, Standards, and the NCAP process from the Council’s perspective.  This will be an opportunity for attendees to network with their peers from across the nation and discuss the NCAP process with members of the National Committee.  Please bring your input because there’s always an opportunity to improve the process!  LEARN MORE

This course description will come by invitation.

This is a National Camping School Outdoor Skills course designed for those who will serve as outdoor skills or first-year camp directors for resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

If you’re a leader in Scouting looking for additional opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills, and you’ve completed Wood Badge training, the Philmont Leadership Challenge is perfect for you. Spend a week at Philmont’s Rayado Ridge Leadership camp honing your leadership skills in an outdoor experiential learning environment with other like-minded individuals. To participate, you must have completed Wood Badge successfully (you may still be working on your tickets) and complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B and C. LEARN MORE

This is a National Camping School Program Director course designed for those who will be program directors of resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Must be approved by the council to attend.

This is a National Camping School Shooting Sports course designed for those who will serve as shooting sports directors for resident camps. Since this conference is time-intensive participants will not have the opportunity to be with their family during the week. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – parts A, B, and C are required. For more information about National Camping School visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/. Prerequisites to attend: NRA Rifle Basic, NRA Shotgun Basic, NRA RIfle Instructor, NRA Shotgun Instructor. Must be approved by the council to attend.

High Adventure is a core feature of Scouting. Even more important is having that adventure in a safe manner. That’s why Wilderness First Aid is required for leaders involved in these programs. This conference will teach you those skills, including opportunities to practice scenarios in Philmont’s backcountry and, even more importantly, will teach you how to teach. This is an opportunity to become a qualified instructor capable of training others in your area in Wilderness First Aid, a great benefit to the Scouters in your Council. Prior training as an instructor is valuable and recommended, but not a prerequisite. Certification from ESCI.

  • The Premier Adult Leadership Development Course of the BSA

Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America. It brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting – Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting and Venturing. The course draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.  The training discusses team development and appropriate leadership strategies to enable teams to reach their highest performance level. Come to Wood Badge so you can become the kind of leader that will make a positive difference in the lives of our youth. Experience the ultimate in Scout leadership training!

Who can participate?

Wood Badge is a positive learning experience designed for adult volunteers of all levels of Scouting: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, District, Council and National. Wood Badge is for those new to Scouting, veteran Scouters, and everyone in between.

Qualifications and Prerequisites?

  • Be a registered member of the BSA.
  • Complete Leader-Specific Training appropriate to your Scouting position.
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
  • Submit completed medical form part A, B and C, confirming that you are physically able to participate in the course.

REGISTER – CLICK HERE!

Sept. 23-26

A 4-day, 3 night course at Philmont Scout Ranch.  PSR-PASS Participants will receive a tour of Base Camp and the Villa Philmonte, an overnight trip into Philmont’s backcountry learning the Philmont camping method from experienced Philmont Rangers, and an opportunity to visit the Tooth of Time Traders – The Official Store of Philmont.  Participants will also learn about Philmont-issued gear, crew leadership positions, physical conditioning, traveling to and from Philmont, conducting a shakedown hike, establishing a crew Philmont committee, and the complete backcountry experience. Please be sure to bring your pack with padded hip belt Capacity: 60-70 liters and pack cover (waterproof nylon).

To register CLICK HERE!

Bring the Family!

In the cases of parents busy taking a training course, age appropriate activities will be offered daily for youth to participate in fun activities under the leadership of trained Philmont staff. Parents can enter their child into the age specific programs with Philmont Staff during scheduled times, beginning at 8:30am and 1:30pm, allowing parents to attend a training. Youth must be picked up by their parent at the scheduled times, 11:30am and 4:30pmThe conference schedule, designed by conference faculty, will meet these timing requirements. 

A week-long schedule will be given at check in for families to be prepared for their child’s week activities. Youth must have closed toed shoes, a water bottle, rain gear, and a backpack to participate. Activity times that require long pants will be notated on the schedule. There will not be any overnight stays in the Philmont backcountry through the Conference Youth Program.  

If a child becomes ill, they will be returned to their parents. Please note disruptive behavior is not tolerated. Children who are disruptive will be removed from the program and if poor behavior continues, parents will be asked to remove their child from the premises. 

During Training Conference times, Philmont staff will provide leadership and an exciting program for youth developed for the age groups below:  

Small Fry: 2 months through 5 years old 

At the Small Fry Center, Philmont staff provide age appropriate activities, games, crafts, pony rides, and supervised play during adventure activity times. Parents must drop off and pick up their child from the Small Fry Center. If riding ponies, all children are required to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.  

Parents of Small Fry need to bring all essential items (bottles, sweaters, diapers, etc.) with their child. Labels should be placed on these items with their name and your housing assignment. 

Bandits: 5 years through 7 years old 

Deputies: 8 years through 10 years old 

Mustangs: 11 years through 13 years old 

Trailblazers: 14 years through 17 years old 

Youth program groups may be combined based on that week’s registration numbers.  

Adults 18 and older can do a variety of activities through the PTC Adult Family program! Adults will receive a schedule upon check-in and should sign up for activities they are interested in at their all-adult meeting on Monday morning, or on the bulletin board throughout the week.  

*Some activities are regarded as an upgraded activity based on program support costs (Horseback Riding, Villa Tea, Fly Tying, and Tooth of Time Hike (must have BSA Medical Part C and meet the length of stay requirements).

For all Philmont Training Center activities, minors (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by at least one adult family member 18 years or older, unless in a Philmont provided Conference Youth Program GroupChildren may not attend conference sessions with a parent. 

Conferences & Events in 2021

The list of conferences and events in 2021 will continue to grow! Keep your eyes on this site for changes an NEW courses throughout the year!! When they are available, the links for each conference will be listed under their course description. REGISTRATION FOR THESE EVENTS ARE COMING SOON!!

Come and get a taste of what a backcountry trek at Philmont is like. Your adventure will begin as you depart for your first hike into Philmont’s backcountry.  As your week progresses, so will your hikes from easier terrain and length to moderate and more difficult.  The end of the week will mark the end of your skills progression with an overnight experience in Philmont’s backcountry with a Philmont Ranger.

Participants will enjoy a hands-on introduction to Philmont’s backcountry and achieve a thorough understanding of the following:

  • Efficient setting up and breaking down camp
  • Bear bags and smellable procedures
  • Dining fly and tent set up
  • Gas stove care and operation
  • Philmont’s backcountry cooking method
  • Dish washing and sump use
  • Choosing gear that is right for you
  • Philmont Shakedown
  • Philmont base camp operations   

Participants will also enjoy other adventures of their choice before or after their day hikes.  Some of the choices include touring the National Scouting Museum, visiting the shooting range or the craft center  and more. Participants must be 13 years or older (or have completed the 7th grade) and must be accompanied by an adult.  Units are welcome with two deep leadership, and families or parent(s) are welcome with age-eligible children. All participants must meet the height and weight requirements listed in the BSA Medical FormLEARN MORE

Ambassadors 1: This seminar is designed for the newest members of the Philmont Ambassadors and established Ambassadors wishing to build upon their existing foundation. An introduction to the history of Philmont and the surrounding area will prepare you for visits to Philmont museums, a backcountry tour and a behind-the-scenes tour of Camping Headquarters. We will explore techniques to market Philmont in your council and discuss how to engage Scouters in your Council to help get you access to key leaders and executives and to develop opportunities and events for Philmont marketing. **Must be a currently approved Philmont Ambassador to attend.**

Ambassadors 2: If you’ve learned the basics, experienced the fun and enjoyed the learning opportunities at the Ambassador I Seminar, it’s time to take it to the next level. Planned activities include spending a full day in the backcountry, eating a trail lunch at a backcountry camp, taking an in-depth look at what Philmont crews experience during their first 24 hours at the Ranch, sharing a meal with crews just off the trail, learning the ins and outs of the PTC Family Programs and Philmont Family Adventure, gaining a greater understanding of the Training Center and Ranch operations and learning new presentation techniques to enhance your effectiveness at promoting Philmont. **Must be a currently approved Philmont Ambassador who has completed the the Ambassador I Seminar to attend.**

Come learn how the National Artist for the Boy Scouts of America, Susan Norris, creates her amazing sculptures as featured at the National Scouting Museum and in councils around the country. This is a hands-on workshop experience in which you will be provided with the materials (that you get to take home at the end of the course) to create one sculpture under the direction and teaching of Susan in a small group setting. 

To parents and caregivers of Scouts with special needs…don’t overlook this opportunity! The Zia Experience is a customized, highly supported, personalized experience for your Scout, you, and even your family+! 

Our team of Philmont staff and highly trained volunteers will work with a wide-range of functioning and abilities, from low-functioning to high-functioning.  The range includes Scouts who have physical, intellectual, emotional, and/or hidden disabilities.  Scouts who are verbal and nonverbal, as well as toilet-trained and untrained will be welcomed.  Our team will finalize program registration long before the experience begins, so that parents/caregivers and Scouts can meet in-person, via video conference, or phone call with our leadership team one or more times before arrival.  The goal of these pre-experience conversations will be to understand the type of experience your Scout wants to have, as well as his or her abilities, special needs, special health care challenges, medications, allergies, diet restrictions, housing and personal care needs, transportation and mobility issues, advancement goals, and other associated risk management issues.  The goal is to design experiences for Scouts ranging from a backcountry trek, to modified backcountry day adventures, to a basic residential camp experience in base camp. 

The Zia Experience will have an application process to attend. To make sure we are able to give you and your family the best experience possible, families will apply to participate and we will reach out to you to discuss what your specific needs will be and help create a positive Philmont experience with you. 

APPLICATION COMING SOON!

Now more than ever, many of us find ourselves wanting to go back to Philmont and see the many friends we’ve made there. So let’s look to the future at the first of three special PSA Reunions! Mark your calendars for July 21-25, 2021 and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Conservation department at the PSA Reunion!

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!!

Scouts and Scouters of all faiths are encouraged to participate in our Inaugural Duty To God Pilgrimage program beginning July 28-August 2nd, 2021. Since we will also have our Scouting Brothers from the Scouts of Japan visiting with us, all participants, both Scout and Scouter, will have the opportunity to earn 2-4 International Scouting Awards as well as the Scouting Religious Award of your faith.   Our Pilgrimage actually departs the DFW area July 28, visits the Groom Cross, Loretto Chapel, Church at Chimayo and Bandolier National Monument Cliff Dwellings before arriving at the Philmont Training Center for 2 nights:  July 30-31, 2021.  Scouts 12 years and older are welcome to participate as long as they have attended one summer camp and achieved First Class Rank, good standing within their Troop and Church, wish to become closer to their faith, Philmont Physical required, and follow our Scouting Code of Conduct. All participating Scouters have the ability to earn the Scouting International Religious Knot and several other patches that our Scouts earn during our trip. Commercial Bus has limited seating but $50 deposit with pilgrimage application will hold seat. 

Fee $ 525.   For more information, contact Director John Ryan thetexaswebguy@yahoo.com 

More information regarding registration can be found HERE

Hands on “train the trainer” program for adult Scouters interested in delivering the Woodcarving merit badge or just sharing the joy of craftsmanship with your Scouts. Learn Woodcarving techniques that will enhance your local Scout woodcarving program. You will learn sharpening of tools, project design and applying finishes. Each day you will enjoy carving with other Scouters from around the country, learning new projects to share with Scouts back home. Beginner to expert welcome, bring your own tools or borrow ours. Enjoy Scoutings fellowship at the beautiful Philmont training center!