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Philmont Training Center Conferences

Schedule Updates

11-17-21  New: Acoustic Music Camp with Gerald Jones July 3-9, Council Key 3 July 10-16, and Seat at the Scouting Table July 24-30; Removed World Class Planning July 10-16; Visual Storytelling is being rescheduled

11-6-21   New: Preservation Workshop for Scout Museums June 19-25

The list of conferences and events in 2022 will continue to grow! Keep your eyes on this site for changes and NEW courses throughout the year!! When they are available, the links for each conference will be listed under their course description.

Bring the Family!

Back by popular demand!

A hallmark of the Philmont Training Center has been the Silverado Program for spouses. We are excited to bring this program back bigger and better.

Spouses will enjoy fellowship with others in a program schedule designed to experience the amenities of the ranch. Schedules will be flexible to allow spouses to enjoy the daily activities, spend time with their children, choose to go off ranch, or just relax in this beautiful setting.

Psst. Here is a little known secret. Conference attendees tend to be pretty jealous of the Silverado program!!

Join us this summer for an exciting adventure all your own.

While the conference attendee is in training, age-appropriate activities will be offered daily for conference family members to participate in participants. 

Family members will be dropped off at 8:30am and 1:30pm, and pick up by their parents at 11:30 am and 4:30pm, allowing parents to attend a training. and/or the Spouse program. Conference schedules mirror these times.

During Training Conference times, Philmont staff will provide leadership and exciting program for all conference youth members.

  • For youth that only have a parent/guardian in a conference: Philmont will provide staff leadership to supervise participants in specific Conference youth programs. 
  • For youth that have a parent/guardian not in a conference: Parents will have the option to choose family adventure camp activities to do along with their child or children can do the conference youth programs while the parent participates in a the Silverado adult program.
  • Small Fry, will still be available to Infants 1 month – 5-years-old with advanced notice. Philmont staff will then 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.

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.

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. 

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

Conferences & Events in 2022

JUNE 5 - 11

The Commissioner Week conference provides opportunities to meet and interact with the  National Commissioner and members of the National Commissioner Service Team while networking with commissioners throughout the country.

This conference guides participants to learn what a unit commissioner does when working with their units. More importantly, it also develops a lasting understanding through structured lessons, role play, and group discussion of how to work with units to help set, meet, and exceed their goals.

Attendance is open to all commissioners and recommended for unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and council and assistant council commissioners.

June 5-11, $450 plus housing

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.

Full & Half Week Options Available

Council Unit Service teams have impact! 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 and responsibilities and an ability to build and maintain strong relationships is essential. A clear vision of great unit service for the council and an action plan that enable fulfillment of it are also key ingredients of success. 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.

Attending this conference will help create an empowered team that will strengthen unit service across an entire council.

This course is best for Council and assistant council commissioners and commissioned professionals who support them.

June 5-11, $450 plus housing

District and assistant district commissioners make a difference, in their district and in their council! They lead a team that helps units in the district grow and thrive and also helps fulfill the council’s vision for unit service.

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 and 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 the vision and its plan, developing and maintaining the strong relationships essential to effective unit service. It enables unit service that will help units better serve more youth, male and female, through Scouting.

This conference offers the opportunity to learn in a Scouting setting with others who are equally committed to serving youth.  Philmont’s beauty surrounds participants while also offering an opportunity to understand how its unique high adventure opportunities provide life changing experiences for youth. Bring the entire family so they can experience the magic of Philmont, too.

This course is best for District and assistant district commissioners and commissioned professionals who support them.

June 5-11, $450 plus housing

The BSA’s vision is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating 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 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 of this conference will leave prepared to help Scouting grow and better serve more youth.

This course is best for all commissioners, membership growth volunteers, and commissioned professionals.

June 5 – 11, $450 plus housing

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.”

This course is best for Roundtable Commissioners, District and Assistant District Commissioners, Council and Assistant Council Commissioners.

  

June 5 – 11, $450 plus housing

No district or council ever has enough commissioners. New units are formed, 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.

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.

This course is best for National Service Territory commissioners, Council and assistant council commissioners, District and assistant district commissioners, Unit commissioners

June 5 – 11, $450 plus housing

The one constant is change! Unit service must adapt to change and stay relevant. Effective commissioners 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.

This conference provides all commissioners with the most current information on their continually changing environment and provides them with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to have impact. An engaging week that explores all aspects of unit service, including capturing and accessing actionable information in Commissioner Tools, strengthening relationships among key 3 and district operating committee members, and delivering effective roundtables. 

This course is open to all commissioners.

June 5 – 11, $450 plus housing

Commissioners have access to a wealth of data related to serving units. This hands on conference will give you the opportunity to explore the suite of tools in my.scouting and develop plans to maximize the benefits of this information. Conference participants will have robust hands-on learning, meaningful discussions of best practices, and reinforcing activities. 

This course is best for Unit Commissioners, District and Assistant District Commissioners, Council and Assistant Council Commissioners.

June 5 – 11, $450 plus housing

JUNE 19 - 25

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.

Full and Half Week Options Available

This conference is for anyone interested in working on or attending International Scouting events, whether that is associated with taking Youth on an overseas trip, attending organized WOSM events, or participating in activities with National Scouting Organizations across the globe. You will interact with experienced Scouters and learn about the structure of the World Organization of Scouting Movements, how BSA interacts with other NSOs, and understanding and interacting with other cultures outside the United States. Learning about other cultures and meeting Scouts from around the world enhances the Scouting experience for our youth and there are many ways to experience this interaction. This conference will help prepare you and your Council to participate more actively in International Adventures through the BSA.

June 19 – 25, $TBD

Managing Performance is a course designed for Professional Scouters who have the responsibility of leading others. If you have successfully completed DOB a.k.a. Commissioning, and DO2, you are eligible to attend this in person course. Come learn the proper way to create SMART goals, work with staff, and be a great COACH. While you learn, you will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the historic Philmont Scout Ranch. Come take your professional career to the next level.  Register for this conference at mybsa.org. Please contact Scouting U with questions regarding registration, at 972-580-2375 or by email at ScoutingU2@scouting.org.

June 19 – 25

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 19 – 25, $265 plus housing

Eager to return HOmE, the place we all know as Philmont Scout Ranch?  Ready to take your Philmont Ambassador skills to the next level?  If so, the Ambassador II course is for you!  We have an exciting week planned which includes time in the backcountry experiencing firsthand what crews experience along with time at the Philmont Training Center experiencing the Philmont Family Adventure.  We will visit a backcountry staff camp, experience the theme of the camp, prepare a trail meal, and learn the fundamentals of preparing a crew campsite while enjoying the beauty of Philmont.  We will learn what it takes to prepare for a trek to ensure a positive experience for each crew.  Classroom time will be focused on best practices for promoting Philmont utilizing the various channels of communication so we effectively deliver the message of what Philmont has to offer.  In addition we will take a deeper dive into the Autumn Adventure, Winter Adventure and Ranch Hand opportunities.  We will have access to Philmont leadership to update us on the latest developments at the ranch and for us to ask questions of them.  The schedule for your week strikes a balance between inside and outside activities.  Come join us for an exciting week!

**Must be a currently approved Philmont Ambassador who has completed the the Ambassador I Seminar to attend.**

June 19 – 25, $265 plus housing

The Scout Museum Workshop is an invite only gathering for Scout Museum Leaders. This inaugural workshop provides hands-on preservation and restoration of the Seton library collection by the participants, as well as ten preservation and display courses spread throughout the week for education and training of local scout museum personnel. The weeklong program will immerse museum professionals and volunteers in hands on best practices for museum operations and artifact preservation.

June 19 – 25, $450 plus housing

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 NYLT and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts); and hold a unit leadership position.

June 19 – 25, $550

JULY 3 - 9

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.

Full and Half Week Options Available

Come to this conference to play games and learn how to harness the power of games. Why? Because games help develop skills in Scouts and in Scout families – reinforcing the mission of BSA and aims of Scouting, and promoting core family values. Games make it possible to create strategies that can be applied to other areas of our lives. We play games to improve communication, planning, teamwork, trust, leadership, decision making, problem solving, and self esteem. Learn the importance of challenge by choice, sequencing and processing, and fun ways to reflect on what game players learn without sounding like a lecture.  Discover the dynamics of games — competition, rewards, earning badges, prizes, etc. — making it is easier for Scouts and Scouters to acquire and retain knowledge while having fun.  Playing games is serious business. So, if you’re really serious about having fun as well as learning how to teach others through the use of games, sign up for this conference and let’s play games!

July 3 – 9, $450 plus housing

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 NYLT and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts); and hold a unit leadership position.

July 3 – 9, $550

This annual course is designed to support and train Latter-day Saint Scouters, professionals, volunteers, and families who wish to continue Scouting. Throughout this week we will discuss unit organization, recruiting, planning, training and additional tools to form and maintain Scouting units for Latter-day Saints. This course will also provide tools and insights for BSA councils and districts to navigate their way through the transition from the previous partnership with the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Finally, specific focus will be on earning and teaching the new Vanguard Scouting Religious Award and how to incorporate it into a unit program with special, fun religious award workshops during the conference and a special Court of Honor at the end of the week. Come Join us!

July 3 – 9, $450 plus housing 

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!

July 3 – 9, $500 plus housing

JULY 17 - 23

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.

Half Week only July 17 – 20

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 972-580-2375.

ScoutingU2@scouting.org

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.

July 17 – 23, $450 plus housing

This conference focuses on how to plan, prepare, and present programs for troops and
crews that are challenging, engaging, and fun,utilizing a host of easy-to-use BSA resources.
Participants will take part in a variety of patrol challenges featuring an array of Scout skills
including pioneering, fire making, cooking, and geocaching. This informative session is
beneficial for all leaders who want to see how to bring excitement and fun to their unit’s
program that’s sure to boost attendance and retention.

View video: https://youtu.be/
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Conference webpages: https://scoutpioneering.com/making-scouting-fun-conferences/

July 17 – 23, $450 plus housing

Now more than ever, many of us find ourselves wanting to go back to Philmont and see the many friends we’ve made there. 

Included in this year’s reunion, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Philmont Female Rangers and the Academy Ranger Corp.

More details to come.

This course is an opportunity for participants to strengthen their faith and to see more clearly the connection and interaction between the Catholic faith and the programs of the Boy Scouts of America.  Designed for any adult interested in using Scouting to help support Catholic youth ministry in a Catholic chartered unit or other unit, this conference is especially appropriate for Scout chaplains, clergy, diocesan or parish youth ministers, and council, diocesan, regional and national Catholic committee leadership and members. 

The goals of the conference are to help participants understand how Scouting is Catholic youth ministry, gain knowledge about Catholic Scouting resources, and use the information in the course to promote Catholic Scouting in their home dioceses and councils.  All this happens in a context of learning, fellowship and fun!

The conference includes four daily components:

  1. Deeping one’s faith in Christ through scripture, reflection, and sharing as set forth in the NCCS National Catholic Leadership Development training program;
  2. Understanding youth ministry through the USCCB’s Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry and applying this to a Scouting context;
  3. Reviewing relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church; and
  4. Discussing how best to deliver the mission and programs of the NCCS.

During the course, participant will meet and interact with the current bishop liaison to the NCCS and Scouts just completing the St. George Trek.  (Find additional information on the National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s website.)

July 17 – 23, $450 plus housing

Join us as we launch our 101st year in partnership with the BSA. This conference will focus on the Methodist family and how important the family plays in delivering ministry through the Scouting program. 

More details to come.

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 NYLT and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts); and hold a unit leadership position.

July 17 – 23, $550

JUNE 12 - 18

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 972-580-2375.
June 12 – 18

ScoutingU2@scouting.org

The inaugural National Gathering of Alumni is set to take place June 12-18, 2022, at the Philmont Scout Ranch. Sponsored by the BSA Alumni Association (an umbrella organization for many Scouting affiliations and career-based networks), the week-long gathering at the Philmont Training Center is intended to bring Scouting Alumni back to the campfire and to rekindle that Scouting Spirit which lies within everyone who has ever been positively and personally impacted by Scouting. The gathering is designed to help participants build or rebuild their connections to Scouting, foster connections with other Scouting Alumni, and focus on becoming a compelling ambassador for Scouting. The course is not intended to be an academic conference, but rather a social exchange of proven strategies and best practices that participants can take back home to help initiate, expand, or improve the alumni relations efforts in their own council. This dynamic week will be a fun, safe, and family-friendly program. Highlights for participants include networking socials, panel discussions and roundtables, national keynote speakers, and alumni-specific training sessions. In addition, participants will be able to enjoy both onsite and offsite activities and attractions including sunrise hikes to Lover’s Leap, tours of Villa Philmonte and the National Scouting Museum, the Tooth of Time, evening shows and socials, the Kit Carson Museum, the Chase Ranch, Cimarron Canyon State Park, and trips to Taos, New Mexico. There will also be an entirely unscheduled day to allow you to create your own personal adventure. You will not want to miss this inaugural event!

June 12 – 18, $500 plus housing

JUNE 26 - JULY 2

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.

Full and Half Week Options Available

Steering the “Ships” Toward Council Standards and Beyond.

Heading out of some troubled waters in order to maneuver into a successful future, your Council and District Key-Threes will discuss and strategize the essential Council “Ships,” namely the aspects of Leadership, Stewardship, Relationships, Membership and Program-ship. Participants will develop navigational plans to move forward in achieving the new Council Performance Standards. Each day will bear toward a different “ship” and allow time for presentations, questions, discussion, and strategizing among conference leaders, other participants, and within specific Key-Threes. Council and District leaders will steer through the questions dealing with the standards, the impacts of current mitigations, the post-pandemic culture, unit service, establishing trust, and practical programming.

June 26 – July 2, $450 plus housing

Come and learn how to use Challenging Outdoor Fun-Filled Family-Engaged Experiences (COFFFEE) and Team Enhancing Activities (TEA) designed to strengthen Scout/Scouter facilitation and leadership skills. By attending this conference, you will discover ways to maximize the involvement of participants of all ages. You will learn debriefing skills that maximize group learning and be able to teach your Scouts, Scout families, and units how to reflect on what they have learned while having fun together. After attending this conference, we guarantee youll take away numerous facilitation tips, a deck of game cards that fit in your pocket, and at least three debriefing strategies that develop leadership and facilitation skills. This conference builds on the fundamentals found in the Belay On BSA manual and shows you how to take everyone to the next level of team-building and leader facilitation. 

June 26 – July 2, $450 plus housing

Leadership, like physical wellness, needs exercise to improve and refine your fitness. Join us as we explore leadership in the unique experiential outdoors of Philmont. Scouting added a fourth aim to it’s program a few years ago, Leadership, but there are few programs that focus on this ideal alone. Refresh your personal and collaborative leadership batteries by focusing on the technical, interpersonal, and judgmental skills that hone your Scouting, personal and professional outlooks. This conference is not a Wood Badge or NYLT rehash, but a fun, exhilarating experience exposing you to new perspectives, Philmont outdoor facilities and Scouters from around the country who want to better their outdoor leadership.

June 26 – July 2, $450 plus housing

Every major activity associated with the opening of the American West happened at Philmont, and every group of people involved in those activities lived or camped on the ranch.  This week-long program will immerse you in that rich history with daily field trips to the very places on and around the ranch where that history actually happened!  Join experts on the local area, Philmont itself, and the Waite Phillips story as they travel to those locations with you to share their knowledge of this historic land and the characters who inhabited it. Visit the sites where traders and settlers traveled on the Santa Fe Trail at Rayado, fortune seekers sought riches during the gold rush at Baldy Town, dinosaurs and the Anasazi hunted in the North Ponil Canyon, and Waite Phillips and his family created the pinnacle of Scouting.  Hear their stories from historians and subject-matter experts who will bring that history to life for you as you stand in the very footprints of those who lived it.

June 26 – July 2, $TBD

 It’s been said that everything rises and falls on leadership and membership.  Yet both stand on the shoulders of positive relationships.  This course, which is designed for District, Council, and Territory leaders as well as Commissioners, Unit Leaders, and career Scouters, will present the fundamentals of relationships and explore the many components of connections throughout Scouting. 

In this course, participants will study: 

  • The psychological aspects of relationships among people. 
  • Volunteer emotional fulfillment. 
  • The psychological needs of youth and adults. 
  • The progression from being known, then liked, then trusted. 
  • The trust imperative. 
  • Dealing with conflict. 
  • The two most important relationships in Scouting. 
  • The aspects of Scouting leadership where relationships should be developed. 
  • The value of positive unit charter partner relationships. 
  • Developing effective volunteer and professional relationships. 
  • International relationships. 
  • Alumni relationships. 
  • Community relationships. 

By the end of the course, participants will work on an individual “Bucket List” specific to their positions with the overall goal is to grow Scouting by building trust with parents, communities, and within the various levels of Scouting. 

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June 26 – July 2, $450 plus housing 

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 NYLT and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts); and hold a unit leadership position.

June 26 – July 2, $550

JULY 10 - 16

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.

July 10 – 16, $750

Steering the “Ships” Toward Council Standards and Beyond.

Heading out of some troubled waters in order to maneuver into a successful future, your Council and District Key-Threes will discuss and strategize the essential Council “Ships,” namely the aspects of Leadership, Stewardship, Relationships, Membership and Program-ship. Participants will develop navigational plans to move forward in achieving the new Council Performance Standards. Each day will bear toward a different “ship” and allow time for presentations, questions, discussion, and strategizing among conference leaders, other participants, and within specific Key-Threes. Council and District leaders will steer through the questions dealing with the standards, the impacts of current mitigations, the post-pandemic culture, unit service, establishing trust, and practical programming.

July 10 – 16, $450 plus housing

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.

Full and Half Week Options Available

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 NYLT and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts); and hold a unit leadership position.

July 10 – 16, $550

JULY 24 - 30

This 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 shooting sports, horsemanship, Project COPE and hiking while working with the Scouts attending the Zia Experience.  The conference will also include:  dietary and medication safety, program and facilities management, adaptive equipment, advancement, and program development for serving special needs scouts. 

July 24 – 30, $450 plus housing

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.

July 24 – 30, $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.

Full and Half Week Options Available

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Imagine attending the Philmont Training Center and being able to interact with Cub Scout Leaders from across the country for a week, AND being able to pick and choose which sessions to attend to improve on your Cub Leader skills! The summer of 2022 will offer you exactly that opportunity!

Announcing…. The 2021 Cub Scout Leader EXTRAVAGANZA week at PTC!!  Imagine your local council University of Scouting – but lasting for a week.  Plan a program of your choice, designed to meet your needs by selecting from an assortment of Cub Leader topics ranging from Outdoor Skills, Training, Administration, Den and Pack Management, CUB SCOUT Fun and Scouts BSA transition. There is something for everyone…. and more!

Register now for EXTRAVAGANZA and when you arrive at the PTC, you’ll be able to plan your week to get the most out of your time spent in Scouter’s Paradise. Faculty is made up of the Boy Scout’s of America National level volunteers and professional experts on the topics – it doesn’t get any better than this!!

Join in the fun and fellowship – Cub Scout Leader EXTRAVAGANZA at the Philmont National Training Center!!

July 24 – 30, Fee TBD

Land navigation has been a basic Scout skill since the beginning.  Your Council needs great maps to have great recreational and educational programs.  Learn to make great maps at the Map My Camp conference.  Discover advanced techniques using digital data, GPS and modern software to create the kinds of accurate detailed maps your council can use the year around.  Bring a computer AND your hiking boots.  Go home with a map of your favorite camp.

July 24 – 30, $450 plus housing

Women have long been members of the BSA—now more women than ever. If you are a woman looking for a seat at the table, this class is for you. If you are interested in helping women find their seats at the table, this class is for you. If you are a professional helping to promote diversity in your council, this class is for you.

 

Diverse teams are the key to high-performing units, districts, councils, service territories, and our national council. Scouting needs diverse leaders now more than ever, but are we providing meaningful opportunities for youth and adult females to offer their perspectives and talents across all levels of our organization?

 

Join us at this thought-provoking session to learn how to create mentors and allies in Scouting, as well as how to become a mentor and an ally to others. We’ll look at how to successfully recruit, train, and support youth and adult female leaders. We’ll look at how females v. males learn, and problem solve, and the ways Scouting can create a welcoming culture that supports all people 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 a daytime outing in the Philmont backcountry.

 

This conference is open to participants of all genders and backgrounds who want to build allies and engage support females (youth and adult). 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 diversity in your local council and across the Scouting movement.

July 24 – 30, $450 plus housing

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. 

July 24 – 30, $450 plus housing

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 NYLT and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews; complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record- parts A, B and C; be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts); and hold a unit leadership position.

July 24 – 30, $550

August

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.

August 7 – 13 – Full & Half Week Options Available

August 14 – 17 – Half Week

Wood Badge is an adult advanced leadership training reflecting the best of a century of Scouting experience. Wood Badge is the ultimate personal and professional growth training program offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Training that draws upon the latest in leadership theory and team development used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations.

Wood Badge is about enhancing your leadership skills through hands-on experience, to help you take those skills back to your unit or District and put them to work to develop effective leaders and youth where you serve.

More details to come.

September

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.

Sept. 18 – 24 – Full & Half Week Options

Sept. 25 – Oct 1 – Half Week 

More Information

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

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

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. 18 – 24, $550

Wood Badge is an adult advanced leadership training reflecting the best of a century of Scouting experience. Wood Badge is the ultimate personal and professional growth training program offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Training that draws upon the latest in leadership theory and team development used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations.

Wood Badge is about enhancing your leadership skills through hands-on experience, to help you take those skills back to your unit or District and put them to work to develop effective leaders and youth where you serve.

More details to come.

October

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.

Oct. 5 – 8 Half Week

Oct. 9 – 12 Half Week

Oct. 16 – 19 Half Week

Oct. 26 – 29 Half Week 

More Information

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!

Oct. 9-15, $995 includes housing