Living at Philmont for a week will be an outdoor adventure for the whole family! In choosing clothing and equipment, please keep in mind Philmont’s elevation (6,600 ft.). Spring brings potential windy weather along with some early spring storms. Traditional summer weather consists of warm days (70°s to high 80°s), cool nights (30°s to low 50°s), and rainy afternoons. Snow is possible in early to mid-October through the end of the year.
The following is a basic equipment list for each member of your family, based on what adventure they will be participating in:
- Sleeping Bag or Sheets & Blankets
- Towel, Washcloth, Shower Shoes, Toiletries
- Breathable, active clothing for warm days and cool evenings
- Warm sleeping garments
- Warm Jacket
- Walking/hiking shoes or boots*
- Hiking Daypack/Comfortable School backpack*
- Rain jacket and rain pants*
- Three 1-Liter water bottles or a 3-L water bladder*
- Long pants – required for Horseback Riding
- Medical Forms*
- Hat or cap
- Insect repellent
- Extra batteries for cameras and flashlights
*Required for all Backcountry Activities
All of the essentials listed above can be purchased at the Tooth of Time Traders.
If you have confirmed specialty housing, Philmont will provide bedding and towels during your stay. Terrace Tents have the option to bring your own bedding or you can rent a Bed-In-A-Box during online registration.
Philmont provides a full medical staff at Philmont’s licensed infirmary at Camping Headquarters during the summer. The infirmary has doctors, nurses, and medics on duty around the clock for emergencies. Should you or your family need assistance, you can go directly to the infirmary or contact the Training Center office.
The Philmont Training Center is at 6,600 feet elevation. Visitors from lower altitudes may experience shortness of breath at the beginning of their stay. Humidity is low, so visitors should drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. People who are overweight, out of shape, or who have health concerns should consult a physician before coming to Philmont.
A BSA Medical Form is required for every program at Philmont Scout Ranch. Learn more about which forms you are required to bring. LEARN MORE
Philmont is the National Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America. As a representative of your council, district, or unit, we encourage you to wear a complete BSA uniform to flag ceremonies and meals. Field Uniforms are required for Training Conference Attendees, NAYLE, and PLC participants.
In addition, youth who are involved in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, Venturing, or Girl Scouts are also encouraged to wear their Scout uniforms during these times.
Most of the BSA Family Adventure Camp activities are facilitated in the outdoors, where comfortable clothes to move in are recommended. Field Uniforms are not required for Philmont Family Adventure Camp.
A large coin-operated laundry with washers and dryers is located at the Philmont Training Center and is open 24 hours. Laundry detergent and dryer sheets are available in the laundromat in a coin dispensing machine, along with a change machine. Detergent and dryer sheets are also available at the Tooth of Time Traders.
Cost: $.75/wash load, $.25/ten minutes
While at Philmont, your mailing address is:
Program or Conference, Date of Attendance
Philmont Training Center
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714
Outgoing mail is picked up around 10:00am from the mailbox outside the PTC Registration Office, Monday through Saturday. Incoming mail is delivered to you via Philmont Staff. Postcards can be purchased at the Tooth of Time Traders and stamps are for sale at the PTC Registration Office. Parcels should be shipped to Philmont via U.S. Mail, Federal Express, or UPS. Other services do not deliver to Philmont.
Do not rely on “next day” service, please make sure to allow at least one week for deliveries.
Tooth of Time Traders
Adventure gear, personal items, gifts, and Philmont souvenirs are available for purchase at the Tooth of Time Traders at Camping Headquarters.
The Tooth of Time Traders accepts credit cards, and there is an ATM available. LEARN MORE
National Scouting Museum