Land Management Symposium

The 2023 Land Managment Symposium at Philmont

Our 2023 Land Management Symposium brings together subject matter experts in the fields of water conservation, land use, fire prevention and remediation, and other related topics. It will focus on lands and properties utilizing a Sustainable Multi-Use Paradigm.  We will host 40 or fewer participants, allowing for outstanding networking and personal access opportunities.

It begins the evening of August 21, 2023, ending the morning of August 25th.  It is hosted by Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  All meals are provided, and housing is in VIP lodging at the Ranch or, if preferred, in the town of Cimarron.

Conservation and the Boy Scout of America

Starting in 1911 with the first “Handbook for Boys”, Scouts were taught the importance of conservation.  President Theodore Roosevelt, a renowned conservationist, was the BSA’s Chief Scout Citizen.  The first head of the U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, was the BSA’s first Chief Scout Forester.

Our commitment continues to the outdoors and our related youth awards, projects, and educational programs at Philmont and all our High Adventure bases and camps. It is a core component of Scouting.

We never had to jump on the conservation and environment bandwagon.  Scouting built the bandwagon more than 110 years ago. Those lessons and programs continue to help some of America’s finest young men and women use their skills and leadership to build a better world for everyone.

Why Philmont Scout Ranch?

Philmont is the largest youth camp in the world. It offers year-round youth programs.  Every day in the summer, 350 Scouts and leaders arrive, 350 depart, and 3,500 are already hiking across its 140,000 acres.

It is also a working ranch with hundreds of horses, buffalo, and cattle, and thousands of deer, elk, and antelope. It has an active timbering program and produces 300 tons of hay each year.  It is the quintessential “mixed-use” ranch.

Philmont lost thousands of acres to fire in 2018 and 2022. It regularly deals with floods, droughts, soil issues, and other “predictable unpredictables.”  We think our challenges and responses, highlighted in this Symposium, can help others plan, protect, and preserve their own ranches and properties. 

Tentative Schedule

Symposium Cost

This Inanguaral Symposium is being offered at no charge for participants. Hotel style rooms, meals, and events are included in the registration.

Want to Experience Philmont?

Guests may choose a pre or post conference day of activities during their online registration.

Guests can choose a half day activitiy such as hiking in the beautiful backcountry, Fly Fishing, horseback riding, shooting sports, climbing tower and high ropes course, and museum tours.

Cost includes meals, lodging, and activities.

Pre-Conference Event – Cost $262 per person

  • Sunday Arrive 2:00-4:00pm
  • Dinner
  • Monday Breakfast
  • Half Day Activity
  • Lunch
  • Check-in for Symposium

Post-Conference Event – Cost $262 per person

  • Friday Breakfast
  • Morning and Afternoon, or Full Day Activity
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Saturday depart after Breakfast


Guests will stay in our hotel style rooms. Each room includes a seating room, a bedroom with two twin beds, bedding, linens, a private shower and bathroom, refridgerator, and microwave.