What To Bring

Living at Philmont for a week can be a real outdoor adventure for a whole family. In choosing clothing and equipment, remember Philmont’s elevation and the rain showers, warm days (70s to high 80s), and cool nights (30s to low 50s) can be expected. The following is a basic equipment list for each member of your family: 

  • Pillow 
  • Sleeping bag and/or sheets and blankets
  • Towels
  • Walking shoes or boots 
  • Day pack 
  • Warm sleeping garments
  • Camera
  • Scout uniforms (if in Scouting)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or cap
  • Insect repellent 
  • Rain jacket or poncho 
  • Three one-quart plastic water bottles or canteens 

Children should plan to wear comfortable play clothes. Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to wear their official BSA uniforms while at Philmont. Spouses wear informal, sports-type clothing and comfortable shoes. In addition to this basic equipment, the following items are recommended: 

  • Quarters for laundry
  • clothes hangers
  • If you have an infant or toddler, you may want to bring a portable stroller

Sidewinders and parents attending the overnighter should bring a sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Mustangs and Trailblazers need equipment for an overnight hike/camp and other programs. This should include the following items (in addition to the list above): 

  • A backpack or duffel bag for gear
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Long pants
  • Hiking socks

Trailblazers, Mustangs, Broncos, and Silverados should bring a pair of long pants and long-sleeved shirt to wear on activities such as horse rides and the COPE course. Mountain Trek participants should refer to the Mountain Trek Packing List

Tooth of Time Traders

Forgotten personal items, Scouting, gifts, and Philmont souvenirs are available at the museums or at the Tooth of Time Traders at Camping Headquarters.

The trading post accept credit cards, and there is an ATM on the Cantina patio.