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Philmont Training Center Conferences

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!!

JUNE 6 - 12

This conference guides participants to learn what a unit commissioner does when working with their units. More importantly, it also develops a lasting understanding of how to work with units to help set, meet and exceed their goals through structured lessons, role play and group discussions. Attendance is open to all commissioners and recommended for unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and council and assistant council commissioners. 

June 6-12, $550

 

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

$750

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

This conference provides council commissioners and those who support them with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to confidently fulfill their responsibilities.
An understanding of roles/responsibilities and an ability to build and maintain strong relationships is essential. Key ingredients to success include a clear vision of great unit service for the council and an action plan that enables fulfillment of it. Add in the ability to effectively communicate the vision and its plan, assess progress and adapt when necessary, and you have a formula for success.
June 6-12, $550

This conference ensures a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of district and assistant district commissioners.  It provides the knowledge, skills and resources needed to build and lead an effective district unit service team. It also provides practical experience in assessing unit service strengths and needs and developing a vision for unit service in the district that also supports the council’s vision. It offers insights into clearly communicating a vision and its plan, as well as developing and maintaining the strong relationships essential to effective unit service.

June 6-12, $550

 

The monthly roundtable is a key component of unit service, either in the district or the council. Through well-planned and fully supported roundtables, commissioners of all roles and responsibilities provide effective service to the units in their care. As such, this conference is appropriate for anyone providing unit service in the district or council, including but certainly not limited to the roundtable commissioner.
Participants will begin by laying the foundation, focusing on the importance of good communication between roundtable commissioners and unit commissioners to assess the health of units and fulfill the objectives of unit service. Next, the conference will highlight the importance of linking needs of units by ensuring effective networking with the district operating committees. Lastly, participants will engage in activities focused on advanced planning for monthly roundtables and implementing technology to meet the people where they are. In essence, this conference confirms the concept that “roundtable is unit service.”
June 6 – 12, $550

No district or council ever has enough commissioners. New units form, and some units encounter challenges; both require the attention of an experienced, dedicated commissioner. Current commissioners transition to new opportunities, and increasing personal and professional demands make it increasingly difficult for commissioners to serve multiple units.
June 6 – 12, $550

The addition of girls to our packs and troops isn’t the only thing that is changing in Scouting’s second century. Unit service is different, too. Effective commissioners who remain focused on helping unit leaders better serve more youth through Scouting. But to be effective and have impact today, they must be familiar with new tools, techniques, technology available to them and know how to develop and maintain productive relationships with unit leaders and other Scouting volunteers and professionals.
June 6 – 12, $550

Sara Shepard is a self-taught chef whose passion for food took her from a director-level job at the Boy Scouts National Office in Irving to a very successful catering service in New Hampshire. Sara is married to Don Shepard, who currently serves as SE in Michigan. She left the National Office when Don was awarded the SE position in New Hampshire in 2013. Sara’s catering service was named “Sally’s Table.” She was the Executive Chef and dishwasher and everything in between. Come and benefit from Sara’s research into herbs and spices… and “Add a little spice to your life!”
Sara Shepard says: “Owning my own boutique catering service in New Hampshire, I determined not to be the same old chicken recipes as the other guys. So, I journeyed into the world of herbs and spices to make our food into authentic cuisine. From Allspice to Saffron… and Anise to Tarragon, I learned to pair meats with vegetables and join their flavors with just the right herbs and spices. I would like to share my knowledge with you so that you also can maximize the flavor of your dinner table.
During this 2 ½ day course, we will discuss the differences of dried herbs versus fresh, the shelf life of fresh herbs and when to use spices and how.
On the 2nd day, I will exhibit the use of herbs and spices and will prepare a meal for the PTC Faculty that they will share with us that evening in South Tent City.”
June 6 – 9, $325

The BSA’s vision is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, engaged citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law. That vision can’t be fulfilled without an adequate number of local units. This conference prepares commissioners, membership team volunteers and commissioned professionals to work together to establish the units needed to serve youth and then empower those units to grow and thrive. It also helps them to work together to enable youth to continue in Scouting when an existing unit ceases to exist or when a charter partner elects not to continue its relationship with the BSA. Participants in this conference will leave prepared to help Scouting grow and better serve more youth.
June 6 – 12, $550

Attending this conference provides tips, techniques and best practices to develop and execute a plan to recruit and engage the commissioners needed to effectively serve every unit. It also enables participants to expand their network of Scouting resources.
June 6 – 12, $550

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!
June 6 – 12, $550

JUNE 20 - 26

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position.

$550

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.**
June 20 – 26, $370

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.**
June 20 – 26, $370

Philmont Acoustic Roots Music Camp is a week of fun and learning in a friendly, supportive environment.
We offer classes for adults in guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass.
We have a world-class faculty who, along with being great musicians and teachers, are great people.
We keep classes small and offer different levels (based on sign up numbers) for each instrument.
Classes are hands-on, not just listening to a lecture but participate by playing along with the teacher.
Come join us for a week of learning and fun.

$995

If you have a passion for Scouting and love to take photographs, then make plans to join us for the Visual Storytelling Workshop. Learn how to capture and share decisive photo moments in Scouting to help with recruiting and retention. This workshop consistently rates as the most fun conference at PTC!

$550

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. Supplies and Course Materials Included.

$575

JULY 4 - 10

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

This week promises to be a fantastic week of training, fellowship, and re-invigoration! Topics will include council and district operations, alumni relations, and program delivery. Watch the website for more info!!

$550

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position.

$550

Spend a wonderful week in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and enjoy the company of other Latter-day Saint families learning about Scouting, sharing spiritual experiences, spending wonderful family time, enjoying the spectacular sunsets and meeting new acquaintances that will last a lifetime – all in the beautiful setting of the Philmont Training Center. For those who have experienced the Philmont Training Center in the past, it has become one of their most memorable family vacations. In addition, you can learn to carve Bolos with the skilled Gary and Laura Dollar, see the beautiful new Scouting Museum located right next to the Philmont Training Center, participate in the Family Parade at Family Home Evening – and a hundred other wonderful activities at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Arrival for this course will be Saturday, July 3rd. 

$495

JULY 18 - 24

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

Finding your way in the outdoors can be a true learning experience. New skills and renewed interest will be brought to you with hands on experiences with orienteering and geocaching. Learn tips and tricks to teach youth about the skills needed to survive in the outdoors. Over half of the week will be spent outside. This exciting course is both for the expert or the novice, everyone will learn something new! Program tips will be shared for you to take home to support all levels of the program from the youngest to the oldest Scouts.

$550

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position.

$550

At this week-long conference with key youth and adult leaders in the Venturing, Sea Scouting, and Exploring programs, participants from across the country will be able to share ideas and brainstorm new ways of delivering these programs to their units and councils. By the end of the week, you’ll have the necessary information and “tools of the trade” to become ambassadors of our older youth programs.

$550

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!

$200 per adult, $75 for kids 12-17, and $50 for kids 4-11, 0-3 free.

*For all 4 nights in the canvas tents and meals included (Wed night-Sunday morning stay)

Daily rate: $60 per day (meals and 1 night tent stay)

As an adventure both in and out of the classroom, Scouting is the perfect tool to bring new life to a parish’s youth ministry program or a Catholic school’s after school programs. Scouting provides resources in STEM opportunities, High Adventure venues and much more. The conference is designed for any adult interested in using Scouting to help support Catholic youth ministry such as Scout chaplains, clergy, diocesan or parish youth ministers, and council, diocesan, regional and national Catholic Committee leadership and members.

$550

JUNE 13 - 19

This is a professional development course offered by BSA’s Scouting U and is open to commissioned, professional Scouters by invitation. Completion of pre-course work is required. Contact Scouting U for registration information, at 817-430-5300.
June 13 – 19

Learn from a highly experienced volunteer staff how to start, restart, expand, improve or advance your council’s alumni relations and NESA programs. The results – 94% of Journey to Excellence goals are impacted directly or indirectly by a successful alumni/NESA program. You will receive information to create a full spectrum alumni/NESA program, leave with your questions answered and an annual plan specific to your council. And, of course, fun! Revisit the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
June 13-19, $550

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.

June 16 – 19

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

This is a professional development course offered by BSA’s Scouting U and is open to commissioned, professional Scouters by invitation. Completion of pre-course work is required. Contact Scouting U for registration information, at 817-430-5300.
June 13 – 19

What can I do with my Scouts to help them understand that they belong to a much larger Scouting movement? Where’s the next World Scout Jamboree? What is a Moot, what is JamCam, and how can my Scouts and I participate? If you would like to know the answer to these questions and more, join us as we help you navigate your next international adventure!
June 13 – 19, $550

Come for a half-week of fly fishing, fly tying, and skills instruction from our excellent staff! We will visit and spend the majority of our time in practical, hands-on instruction and learning at the awesome fishing grounds that Philmont Scout Ranch has to offer. This course fits nicely into a half-week of Family Adventure Camp as well!

June 13 – 16, $300

June 16 – 19, $300

Come and see what the possibilities are in shooting sports, using shooting sports for recruitment, fund raising, retention, budgeting, committee support and grant writing. We are also going to delve into program development in year round format for each level of Scouting. We will also be shooting at the PTC ranges so bring your eye and ear protection with you. Look forward to seeing you there, class size is limited to 16 so register earlier.
June 13 – 19, $575

Come and learn from subject matter experts regarding issues affecting today’s youth to include: Youth Problematic Behaviour, Mental Health First Aid, Panel discussion on keeping youth safe, Linked Troop Issues and Concerns, and much more. Updates coming soon on the PTC website.

June13 – 19, $550

JUNE 27 - JULY 3

The national training spends a week learning best practices in outdoor and camping programs for special needs. The week will help volunteers and professionals learn how to mainstream special needs scouts into everyday outdoor/camping programs. Adults will also learn about the latest adaptive programs including field sports, Project COPE and fishing for example. The conference will also include risk management, program and facilities management, health and safety and program development for serving special needs scouts. This course will also share how you can use your camp properties for outside special needs groups including schools and special needs agencies.
June 27 – July 3, $550

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 Form.

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

Diverse teams are the key to high-performing units, districts, councils, areas, regions, and our national council. Scouting is now for the entire family and the role of female youth and adults in the program has changed dramatically in the last decade. 

Scouting needs women leaders now more than ever, but are we providing meaningful opportunities for youth and adult females to offer their perspectives and talents across the organization? Can girls and women in Scouting see a path for themselves to growth and rising leadership? 

Join us at this thought-provoking session to learn how to successfully recruit, train, and support youth and adult female leaders. We’ll look at how females learn and problem solve and the ways Scouting can create a welcoming culture that supports them in developing and utilizing their leadership skills. 

In addition to educational sessions, group discussions and time for networking, participants will take part in hands-on outdoor skill building including an overnight in the Philmont front country. This conference is open to participants of all genders who want to help engage and inspire current and future female leaders. Led by a highly experienced and largely female staff, this conference will challenge you to establish your own goals as well as a plan for growing female membership in your local council and in BSA as a whole.

$550

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position.

$550

A PTC Week for all Council’s focused on the western half of the country, Council, District and Unit Key 3s and Leaders

BSA is an organization that has the integrity, experience, and skill to meet challenges head on and tackle them with teamwork and intelligent solutions. 2021 will be a year of change and adaptation to new realities in membership, council and district organization and council financial health. But, we all need a chance to reflect on who we are and what we can become.

To look beyond 2021 will take a new mindset on the part of current council and district leaders and a rethinking of the ways we do things, as well as a new culture to help professionals and volunteers alike be more efficient. But more than efficiency, we need to strive for effectiveness and leadership to move BSA forward and to build our next generation of district and council leaders.

The 2021 week will focus on four primary themes: council and district leadership and structure; volunteer / professional expectations; building a new council culture; and effective approaches to fundraising.

Come hear from those who have found new ideas, methods, and success. Find out how they approached the challenges and turned them into opportunities. How did they lead their councils through changes? How did they fund it? How have they preserved the best Scouting programs we have to offer youth? How did they keep morale high when facing huge cuts in personnel and budgets or drops in membership and volunteers? Bring your best ideas and successes to share! Bring lingering issues and challenges! Put the best and brightest minds together to move in a positive direction for young people as we provide Leadership for Next-Gen Scouting!

$550

All leaders are welcome, but we hope you will bring your entire council and district Key 3s or a team of leaders.

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!

JULY 11 - 17

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 Form.

$750

Offered by the Association of Baptists for Scouting, this conference introduces participants to Baptist Scouting Ministry as an effective fulfillment of the Great Commission and as a tool for Christian education through the religious emblems program. Class participants will become better equipped to start effective Baptist Scouting Ministries and to strengthen existing ones. In addition, they will experience proven methods of reaching individuals and entire families for Christ, deepening their spiritual lives, and contributing to church growth. In addition, class members will learn more about the importance of effectively representing unique Baptist thought and conviction in the larger Scouting community and about the ministries of the Association of Baptists For Scouting. This conference is recommended for Baptist Scouters and others serving in units chartered by Baptist Churches, as well as Baptist ministers.

$550

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

This is a professional development course offered by BSA’s Scouting U and is open to commissioned, professional Scouters by invitation. Completion of pre-course work is required. Contact Scouting U for registration information, at 817-430-5300.

Kodiak is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant— one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.

All Kodiak Challenge youth and adult program participants must travel to Philmont/ PTC with appropriate adult supervision and arrive Sunday no earlier than 2pm. While participating in the Kodiak Challenge, two-deep adult supervision will be provided by the conference faculty.

$650

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position.

$550

Come for a half-week of fly fishing, fly tying, and skills instruction from our excellent staff! We will visit and spend the majority of our time in practical, hands-on instruction and learning at the awesome fishing grounds that Philmont Scout Ranch has to offer. This course fits nicely into a half-week of Family Adventure Camp as well!

$300

For Lutheran congregations, schools and organizations, including clergy, lay leaders and Scouters, who want to learn more about using the Scouting program as a youth, outreach and/or community ministry through a strategy focused on reaching young families to build and sustain membership. Our course will include: Duty to God (National, Council and congregation levels); P.R.A.Y. and Religious Emblems Programs; Unit and Adult Recognitions; Sharing our Faith with Scouts; Organizing Scouting Units; Selecting Quality Leaders; Duty to God in Advancement; and more.

$550

Select courses from a variety of topics to create a conference that best serves you. Topics include, but are not limited to: Scouting as ministry, resources for your Scout group and connecting within the UMC, as well as a variety of sessions on making the most of Scouting, engaging the community and special 100th Anniversary celebration activities.

$550

JULY 25 - 31

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

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 Form.

BSA Family Adventure Camp is a unique chance to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before! Open to all registered members of the BSA and their families, you will have a chance to participate in all of the incredible activities offered at Philmont and make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.

The BSA Family Adventure Camp is designed to meet the needs of families and build bonds through exciting and interactive programs. The program will operate in an open enrollment format where you and your family will have the chance to choose activities that appeal to you. Families will meet for two program sessions daily: Morning and Afternoon. A parent must accompany their family on all participated program.

Adults – $495, Youth – $400, Children – $310

Learn how to make a map of your Scout Camp useful for camporees, day camps, hiking/biking, trails, and more!! Camp & Council staff will find value in accurately planning upgrades to camp facilities. This course is intended to be a follow up to the Finding Your Way course.

$550

NAYLE is the ultimate hands-on leadership experience for youth leaders in Scouting. It takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership camp, located in Philmont’s backcountry. You’ll spend the week putting your leadership skills to the test in various backcountry challenges along with a team of other youth leaders. To participate you must have completed either NYLT or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be between 14 and 21 years of age; and hold a unit leadership position.

$550

For the first time ever! Bring your group! It’s time to reconnect, reengage and rejuvenate your spirit for Scouting. Come join fellow Scouters as you travel HOmE . It’s OK if they’ve never been to Philmont before!

A week of fellowship and opportunities await at Scouting’s FIRST annual
Alumni Reunion at Philmont.
Join your family and friends to explore what Philmont has to offer along with a couple of exciting courses and seminars that reintroduce you to Scouting.“Memorabilia and Memories,” “How you can impact Scouting Today,” and “Leaving a Legacy” are all topics that will be covered, as you spend quality time with your family.

If you want to see what Scouting has to offer today and tomorrow…and bring your best reunion stories and memorabilia!

$550

September

We will be hosting the following sections of National Camping School:

  • Climbing Director
  • COPE & Climbing Program Manager
  • COPE Director
  • Shooting Sports
  • Camp Director
  • Program Director 
  • Ecology/Conservation

For more information and to register for a course please visit: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/ 

This is an intensive certification training course. You will be certified in rifle , shotgun, and pistol. The course will take place from 8am to 10pm each day for the 6 days of the course. Come prepared to work hard and have lots of fun. We will be on the shooting range 4-6 hours each day of the course. The course fee includes instructional materials and firearm usage and ammunition fees. Friearms will be provided.

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, $575

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 – part A, B and C.

Sept. 12 – 18, $550

This workshop offers a unique, immersive experience to explore and make photos of Philmont Scout Ranch with Moose Peterson, a world class nature and wildlife photographer.
Participants will elevate their photography skills through classroom sessions and backcountry photo safaris.
Join us to experience photographing the amazing scenery and wildlife!

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, $995

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).

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

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.