Volunteer Vacation

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Fee: $275 for 9/24 -10/1, 2016

  • Register: by crew
  • Season: Summer
  • Age: Minimum 16
  • Crew Size: Maximum 24
  • Leadership: Leadership provided by Philmont
  • Registration: Anytime

When? - September

Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Alumni, and outdoor industry professionals, we invite you to an exclusive opportunity to participate in a week of trail stewardship at Philmont Scout Ranch, Boy Scouts of America’s largest high-adventure base located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain of northeast New Mexico. Jointly organized by American Hiking Society and Boy Scouts of America, this week of trail building will provide you with an unforgettable backcountry adventure, pristine hiking, and camaraderie from fellow crew members.

Trip Itinerary

  • Saturday Volunteers arrive at Philmont Scout Ranch Camping Headquarters, Cimarron, New Mexico
  • Sunday Crew departs CHQ and hikes to a backcountry camp, which will be basecamp for the rest of the week
  • Monday Trail Stewardship projects taking place in multiple locations
  • Friday Crew breaks down camp and hikes back to CHQ for the last night
  • Saturday Volunteers travel home

Trip Details

  • Free time will be included to ensure all volunteers have the opportunity to take advantage of the multitude of outdoor recreation activities in the area like hiking, fly fishing, and orienteering.
  • Volunteers will be led by experienced BSA and AHS Crew Leaders.
  • All meals will be provided during the week.


American Hiking Society (AHS) and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are proud to announce the 2012 joint commitment to promote trail stewardship by offering a variety of exciting opportunities for scouts and other individuals to give back to public lands across the country. “Trail stewardship and youth outdoor engagement are fundamental to each organization’s mission,” says Gregory Miller, President of American Hiking Society. “We are thrilled to continue our steadfast partnership with the Boy Scouts of America to engage youth and families in America’s great outdoors and to preserve and protect hiking trails nationwide.”