Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to the summer programs for youth, the department also offers the following volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer Vacation

Volunteer Vacation is a one-week program run in conjunction with the Philmont Staff Association and the American Hiking Society. Volunteer Vacation engages former staff and adult Scouters to give them a similar experience as is provided to youth during the summer programs. Volunteers will spend five days working out of a spike camp in the backcountry. Projects vary from new trail construction to the maintenance and rehabilitation of older hiking trails. Following the work days, volunteers will spend a day hiking in the Philmont backcountry and will spend their last night in Base Camp before departing. 


PhilBreak is a one-week long alternative spring break program sponsored by the Philmont Staff Association and the Order of the Arrow. PhilBreak is an affordable and unique way for youth and adults alike to experience Philmont for the first time or the tenth time. Volunteers will spend five days working out of Base Camp with conservation forestry crews on various thinning projects around the Ranch. Following the work days, volunteers will have the opportunity to go on a day hike in Philmont’s backcountry. LEARN MORE

Visiting Forester

Spend eight days at one of the designated Forestry Education Sites during Philmont’s summer season! The Visiting Forester program was launched in 2010 to provide opportunities for Scouts to learn from professional foresters. Approximately 40 foresters are needed for during the 10-week field season. Volunteers provide their own travel, but Philmont will provide meals and lodging. For more information on applying, contact Visiting Forester Coordinator, Mary Stuever at (575) 588-7831 or by email at mary.stuever@state.nm.us.