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Philmont Training Center Conferences

Updates to the Schedule

The list of conferences and events in 2023 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.

1-5-23   Removed Cub Scout Leader Extravaganza June 25-July 1 – all new courses being developed for 2023.

1-11-23 Moved Adaptive Special Needs and Zia Experience to June 25-July 1 from July 23-29.

1-11-23 Added New Course: Philmont Ambassador I – July 30-August 6th.

1-23-23 Registration Link added for Certified Angling Courses: Click Here

Registration Instructions

To login, guests may use either their BSA ID which will fill in fields from your membership record, or use the guest  login. You do not have to be a registered BSA member to attend PTC programs and conferences.

If a BSA member receives an error message about being current, please contact your local council to verify your membership record.

You will receive a confirmation email with a link to CampSpot, to reserve your Philmont housing. Confirmation emails take between 5 and 10 minutes for delivery. Your reservation is not final until both housing and event registration is complete. Please add the EMS confirmation code to your CampSpot reservation under membership.

A Deposit of $250 is required for all Adults 18+ attending a PTC event. Housing reservations are paid in full at the time of registration. If necessary, please review the refund/cancellation policy link. 

Need some help getting to Philmont?

Consider applying for a Scholarship

Bring the Family!

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. 

Family members will be dropped off at 8:30am and 1:30pm, and pick up by their parents at 11:30am 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 without attending a conference? 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. Scouting’s BEST family vacation! LEARN MORE

Conferences & Events in 2023

May 7 - 13

This course is designed to give Scouters tools and ideas to get Scouts fishing. We will ignite your desire for introducing Scouts to the wonderful world of fishing. Boy’s Life survey found that Scouts chose fishing as the fourth most preferred outdoor activity, yet only 35% go fishing within Scouting. You can become a Fishing Advocate for your unit, district and council and utilize fishing as a tool for Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation. Share your passion for fishing.

Course Highlights

  • Become recognized as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, an Official Train the Trainer Certification CS-61. Receive a CAI patch and Certificate.
  • Learn basic fishing and fly-fishing skills – fly casting, fly tying, where to find fish, knots and how to teach them, and much more. Learn to teach Scouts at every level for recruiting, retention, and advancement.
  • As a CAI you will have an opportunity to get fishing and fly-fishing equipment at greatly reduced rates for teaching Scouts.  
  • You will have three days of classroom study and two days in the backcountry fly-fishing.

Fishing is a Favorite Outdoor Activity for Scouts

Fishing with Scouts is an outdoor activity providing Scouts with fun, skills development, family participation and strongly supports sound conservation awareness.  Fishing receives very little support by most councils yet has great opportunity with minimal investment. Most camps offer marginal fishing programs and poor instruction.  As a CAI you can make fishing a priority within your scouting world.

Who should attend?

The CAI course is for Scouters (volunteer & professional) who wish to learn how fishing enhances your Council, District and Unit programs, supports current and potential Merit Badge Councilors.  Perfect for Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing leaders, District and Council program staff plus camp fishing instructors.

The courses provide Rods, fly-tying tools, and materials. (Feel free to bring your own gear and waders.)

Course Flyer

Click Here to register for this course.

May 7 – 13, $285 plus Housing

This train the trainer style conference, facilitated by the BSA National Fishing Team, is designed to develop existing Angling Certified Instructors into a confident CAI Course Directors that will build fun and exciting fishing programs for your council. Plan to join us as together we strive to deliver the promise to youth by offering quality fishing programs.

Course Highlights

  • The Certified Angling Instructors (CAI) Director’s conference is designed to increase the number of qualified BSA Certified Angling Instructors (CAI) throughout the US.
  • You will be provided with a CAI Course manual that provides step-by-step instructions to hold CAI courses for your council and area.
  • The course highlights best practices on content delivery, in both the classroom and field.
  • Receive instruction, review key methods, and utilize resources available to you.
  • Exchange ideas with the Fishing Team Trainers.
  • You will have three days of classroom study and two days in the backcountry fly-fishing with the new CAIs helping them to become more successful fly anglers.
  • Successful completion of this conference entitles the participant to be a CAI Course Director and after running a course or actively staffing a CAI course to then earn the gold CAI patch.

Who should attend?

Course participants must already be Certified Angling Instructors and registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.  Ideally, participants will have served on the staff of at least one CAI course to date.

The courses provide Rods, fly-tying tools, and materials. (Feel free to bring your own gear and waders.)

Course Flyer

Click Here to register for this course.

May 7 – 13, $285 plus Housing

June 4 - 10

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. The week includes a special fellowship reception.

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

Click Here for more information.

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. 

Along the way, participants will have opportunities to see how Philmont delivers unique high adventure opportunities that provide life changing experiences for youth. Bring the entire family so they can experience the magic of Philmont, too. 

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

June 4-10, $485 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 4-10, $485 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.

The course is best for all Commissioners, Membership Growth Volunteers, and Commissioned Professionals who support them.

June 4 – 10, $485 plus housing

This conference guides participants to think strategically as unit commissioner when working with their units. It will develop a foundation thinking and strategies that a commissioner can employ while working with any type of unit. There will be subject matter experts speaking to the group, role play, and group discussions on how to work with units to help set, meet, and exceed their goals. This course will also tackle how to mentor a unit through difficult situations, i.e policy compliance, leadership and unit health issues. Attendance is open to all commissioners and recommended for unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and council and assistant council commissioners.  

This course is best for Unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners and assistant council commissioners.

June 4 – 10, $485 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 4 – 10, $485 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, and Unit Commissioners.

June 4 – 10, $485 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 4 – 10, $485 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 handsn 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 4 – 10, $485 plus housing

June 11 - 17

Are you wondering what to do to rebuild and advance the BSA post-bankruptcy? Don’t start from scratch! Start with those who have benefitted from the Scouting program and have been away for a while. Learn everything you need to know about identifying, connecting, and engaging with our alumni. Return home from PTC with lots of knowledge, tools, tips and techniques. Learn all about affinity and affiliate groups such a Wood Badge, NESA, Camp Staffers and more. Find out how to access and utilize the alumni database. Make connections with other Scouters from across the country to communicate with as you progress throughout the year. Bring home your council customized annual plan for creating and implementing a comprehensive alumni relations program.  Find out the secrets to having fun while having an impact.

June 11 – 17, $475 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

Scouting’s Fly-Fishing trip of a lifetime! This is your only way to fish Philmont’s majestic scenic rivers and lakes.

Both novices and experienced fly fishers are welcome.  No experience necessary.  Scouters will learn the basics of fly fishing.  Instruction includes casting, knots, fly tying, fly selection, reading the water, and gear choice.  Experienced fly fishers will sharpen their skills.  

Rods, Fly-Tying tools and materials will be provided.  Students are encouraged to bring waders if they have them.  If you have a favorite rod, bring it.

Conference Flyer

June 11 – 17, $500 plus housing 

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 11 – 17, $500 plus housing

June 18 - 21

During the middle ages, men of art spent years on tapestries to capture a significant event in the history of a King or Kingdom.   Today, with modern tapestries, Scouting has commemorated events, activities and milestones with patch designs …  but not everyone realizes they too can add to our history by designing a patch themselves.   After this Patch Design course, every participant will be able to design the simplest 3 inch patch on up to the most intricate design patterns of 4-5 patches.     

Objectives:

Everyone will participate in a patch design to commemorate the PTC Patch Design course that will be created by the participants, design selected by participants, design produced and mailed to participants.

Each participant will receive a patch binder with $100-150 value of collectible patches (limit of 20 binders for $ 100-150 value so first 20 officially registered will get binder and remainder will also get collectibles but different value).  Binders will be provided during conference. 

Covering all manner of patch design shapes, colors, etc.

Participants will see online interactions with a patch manufacturer

Embedding “your signature” or “mark” within the design 

Discover Multiple uses for Patch Designs

Half Week June 18 – 21; Price TBD plus housing

June 18 - 24

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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This course, which is designed for all Volunteer and Career Scouters with Units, Districts, Councils, Territories, and National, will present the fundamentals of relationships, how these relationships interact to change lives, and explore the many components of connections which impact Scouting in positive ways leading to growth.

In this course, participants will study:

  • What it means to change lives.
  • The value of relationships in changing lives and growing Scouting.
  • The psychological aspects of relationships among people.
  • The psychological needs of youth and adults.
  • The progression from being known, then liked, then trusted.
  • The trust imperative.
  • Volunteer emotional fulfillment.
  • Dealing with conflict.
  • The two most important relationships in all of Scouting.
  • The aspects of Scouting leadership where relationships should be developed.
  • 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 to grow Scouting within Units, Districts, and Councils.

June 18 – 24, $475 plus Housing

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 18 – 24, $475 plus housing

Scholarships available for District and Councils that bring a full Key 3.

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!

June 18 – 24, $475 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

Women have long been volunteer leaders of BSA—and now more women than ever are serving in leadership roles at every level. As women continue to serve Scouting’s mission, it is important that we create a more welcome culture for women and other underrepresented populations. If you are a woman looking for mentors and allies who can help you open doors, this course is for you. If you are interested in helping women open doors, this course is for you. And if you are a professional helping to promote diversity in your council, this course is for you. Led by a highly experienced and largely female staff, this course 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. We will provide lots of time for small group discussions and problem-solving exercises—so that we can all learn from each other!

June 18 – 24, $475 plus housing

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 18 – 24, $295 plus housing

Eager to return to this magical place we call HOmE, the Philmont Scout Ranch?  Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the Philmont experience and the behind-the-scenes operation of the Philmont Scout Ranch?  Have a desire to further hone your marketing skills?  If so, the Ambassador II Seminar is calling you HOmE!  We have an exciting week planned just for you that covers topics on the Philmont Training Center and Camping Headquarters.  Our time will be split between the classroom and touring parts of the Philmont Scout Ranch.  Classroom time will be focused on best practices for promoting Philmont utilizing the various channels of communication that will help us effectively deliver the message of what Philmont has to offer. You will learn how to build effective displays, including a hands-on workshop. 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.  So, if you’ve completed the Ambassador I Seminar, come join us for an exciting week of world class training, fun, and fellowship!

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

June 18 – 24, $305 plus housing

The Scout Museum Workshop is designed as a gathering for local Scout Museum leaders and others if space permits. 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 best practices for museum operations and artifact preservation.

Sample Course Schedule

June 18 – 24, $475 plus housing

June 25 - July 1

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. 

June 25 – July 1, $475 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

If your position and role in Scouting involves training groups and teams, presiding over meetings, or leading Scouts & Scouters, then this conference is for you.  If you’ve been elected, selected, or have volunteered to:  

    • train others in Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO),  Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), or other district / council training, 
    • serve on a Wood Badge or National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) staff
    • facilitate training at University of Scouting, College of Commissioner Science, or any national-level training,

then this conference is definitely for you.

Attend this conference and you will … 

    • learn how to use challenging games & team enhancing activities designed to strengthen Scout / Scouter leadership & facilitation skills, 
    • discover ways to maximize the involvement of all participants, and 
    • practice debriefing techniques that emphasizes individual reflection and enhances group learning, 

… all while having fun as you add tools to enhance your facilitator’s tool box. 

Attend this conference and we guarantee you will:  

    • take away numerous facilitation tips, tricks, and proven techniques, 
    • learn at least three debriefing strategies that develop leadership skills while working with any group, and 
    • leave the Philmont Training Center with a pocket-sized deck of “COFFFEE &  TEA” game cards (COFFFEE = Challenge Outdoor Fun-Filled Family Engaged Experiences and  TEA = Team Enhancing Activities).

June 25 – July 1, $475 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 Introduction Video 

Conference Webpage: https://scoutpioneering.com/making-scouting-fun-conferences/

June 25 – July 1, $475 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 25 – July 1, $575

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.

Lead Instructors: Mark Anderson, 14 year manager of the Philmont Scout Ranch; Mark Stinnett, Philmont historian, author, and board member of the Philmont Staff Association.

June 25 – July 1, $525 plus housing

Price includes daily trips to the back county and a special Philmont branded travel chair.

You have spent time in the classroom at the Philmont Training Center learning about the Conferences, Family Adventure, individual and crew treks and the second season programs. You have learned advanced presentation and display techniques and used your knowledge and experience to put together a small group presentation. But there must be more, right?  There is!  Welcome to the Philmont Ambassador III Seminar. 

During our week together, we will learn how to plan for and execute a council retreat or a conference (scouting affiliated or non-scouting affiliated) at the PTC, immerse yourself in a highlight reel of what a backcountry crew experiences both in basecamp AND overnight in the backcountry, give back to Philmont by volunteering at the PTC or at basecamp, and participate in the Family Adventure program firsthand.  We will also learn how to use our backcountry crew experiences to better help crews prepare for future Philmont treks.

To attend the Ambassador III seminar, you must be a currently approved Philmont Ambassador who has completed the Ambassador II Seminar, and have parts A, B, and C of the Health and Medical Record completed.  If you have already completed the Ambassador I Seminar, you may attend the Ambassador II Seminar June 18-24 and stay at the PTC for the Ambassador III Seminar June 25 – July 1!  Because we will be spending a night in the backcountry, participants attending without a spouse/other adult are unable to bring youth to participate in the Conference Youth Program.

**Must be a currently approved Philmont Ambassador who has completed the Ambassador II Seminar to attend. You may attend the Ambassador II Seminar June 18-24 and stay at the PTC for the Ambassador III Seminar June 25 – July 1** 

**Parts A, B, and C of the Health and Medical Record are required for each participant** 

**Due to the backcountry overnight, participants attending without a spouse/other adult are unable to bring youth to participate in the Conference Youth Program** 

June 25 – July 1, $400 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. 

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June 25 – July 1, $450 plus housing

July 2 - 8

Come back HOmE this summer!  All PSA members and their families are invited to join in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philmont Staff Association.  Reconnect with old friends and make new ones as you spend a week in the high country.  Introduce the special people in your life to the land and the people that are Philmont. 

 

Our schedule includes exciting activities for all ages and abilities.  There will be opportunities to hike the backcountry, nightly music from current and former staff, speaker forums to learn more about how Philmont has changed and the important ways it has stayed the same in the years since you worked here, arts & crafts fair, opportunities for service to the ranch, and book signings as well as all the regular PTC programming including horseback riding, museum tours, shooting, archery, chuckwagon dinner, and much more.  The fabulous Maverick rodeo & Cimarron parade will be featured activities on the 4th of July.  Childcare will be provided so that adults can choose to participate in programs while kids have fun with others their age.

Whether you worked at the ranch last summer or when the PSA was formed in 1973, we’ve got a tent reserved for you!  Let’s all gather at Philmont this summer and celebrate.

Registration link coming soon.

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 2 – 8, $575

July 9 - 15

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 9 – 15, $785 includes Terrace tent 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

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 9 – 15, $475 plus housing

Scholarships are available for District and Council that bring a full Key 3.

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 9 – 15, $575

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.)

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July 9 – 15, $475 plus housing

July 16 - 22

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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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.

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July 16 – 22, $475 plus housing

The Now&Then retiree communications team (made up of retired BSA employees and spouses) is hosting a reunion conference for all retired BSA employees, from all councils, all regions, and the National Council. The Ranch will be in full operation so we can enjoy all PTC and Philmont has to offer. And, we can bring our spouse, children, and grandchildren to enjoy Philmont and the PTC family programs with us!

A committee of retirees and spouses is working with Philmont to create a rewarding week in “Scouting Paradise” for you and your family. The National Scouting Museum, the Villa Philmonte, the Kit Carson Museum, the Chase Ranch, Tooth of Time Traders, day hikes, crafts, campfires, tours, fly fishing, shooting ranges, regional gatherings, and SO much more will be open to us. PTC’s famous family programs will be in place for every family member.

We will not have formal conference sessions like other Philmont weeks (we want to have fun too!) but we are working on bringing in guests to share topics of interest with us during the week.

Bring your family and join us at Philmont!

July 16 – 22, Price TBD 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 16 – 22, $575

July 23 - 29

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

Participants must also register using the PTC  Conference link to select housing and pay for family members.

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 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

Participants must also register using the PTC  Conference link to select housing and pay for family members.

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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 23 – 29, $475 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 23 – 29, $575

July 30 - August 5

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 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.** 

July 30 – August 5, $295 plus housing

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 6 – 12 – Full & Half Week Options Available

August 13 – 16 – 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.

For more information and to register please

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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.

Aug 20 – 26, $575

September

The Shooting Sports Fiesta is an innovatively spicy program for BSA Shooting Sports.  We will be introducing you to several zesty activities to do with all your Scouts.

Some examples of things being planned:

  • Shoot rimfire rifles out to 200 yards!!!!
  • Introduce and shoot a rimfire Shooting Competition
  • Muzzle loading shotguns – What a blast
  • Know Your Limits (KYL) targets for Scout Camps and other great new targets
  • 3 Guns – How to for Venture
  • Cowboy action range – Bring your best Western wear Cowboys and Cowgirls
  • Air soft – What happen to it?
  • Chalkball/Paint ball – Wait, did you say paint? What does BSA allow?
  • LaPorte archery disks is for Sporting Arrows– Think your good, think again…….
  • Introduce a novel kind of slingshot – Innovation in action

Events will be focused on you and your shooting experience.

  • Shooting a rifle at 1000 yards – Will you hit the White Bull?
  • Sporting clays – Possible trip to the NRA Whittington Center

Educational sessions you have never heard of:

  • NRL 22 What is that?
  • NRA First Steps – How does that help with merit badges?
  • Shooting at a clays range as a beginner – What do you need to know and do?
  • Profitable Camp shooting operations. Wait this can make money for us??
  • Beyond just cleaning your guns with Hoppes No. 9
  • Hunting in Venturing – How do I make that happen?
  • The newest release of the BSA Shooting Sports Manual will be reviewed live by contributors! Ask your questions and give your Feedback.
  • The Week we will be doing a wide range of shooting activities following Shooting Sports Manual and the Guide to Safe Scouting that you probably are not doing at home with your Council.

Bring your competitive spirit. The SSF will be having a shooting competition for some of these activities.

Come join us for the time of your scouting life with loads of fun and learning spicy opportunities.

Questions? email Wesley Romberger at glaacshootingsports@gmail.com

Registration Flyer Coming Soon

Sept. 17 – 23, $375 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.

Sept. 17 – 23 – Full & Half Week Options

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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.

For more information and to register – Registration Link Coming Soon

October

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. 8-14, $995 includes 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.

Oct. 4 – 7 Half Week

Oct. 8 – 11 Half Week

Oct. 15 – 18 Half Week

Oct. 22 – 25 Half Week

Oct. 25 – 28 Half Week 

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