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Philmont Prep 

The Premiere Scouting Experience! 
Thursday, December 11 at 7:30 PM (Hoppock)

We will have a special guest who will share with us his experiences at Philmont
To help prepare the troop for our trip during the summer of 2016
What will be discussed?
⦁    What is Philmont and why does it have the distinction of: “The premier scouting experience”
⦁    What opportunities, adventures, and experiences are there at Philmont
⦁    Cost and budget and payment plan options 
⦁    Logistics of getting scouts to New Mexico


Why Philmont? Why High adventure? 
⦁    The largest youth camp in the world
⦁    leaves lasting memories with youth and fosters development in character and leadership
⦁    It has been described as a life changing trip by almost every scout who has attended
⦁    Thirty-four staffed camps and 55 trail camps are operated at Philmont
⦁    Philmont is the BSA’s oldest and largest national high adventure base. 
⦁    Over 137,000 acres of mountainous backcountry in northeastern New Mexico.
⦁    Altitude ranges from 6,000 to over 12,000 feet above sea level.
⦁    Backcountry programs include rock climbing, mountain biking, black-powder rifles, logging, horseback riding, mine tours,  gold panning, search & rescue and many more.
⦁    Grow teamwork, leadership and outdoor skills
⦁    Philmont is home to the only know Tyrannosaurus Rex footprint in the world.
⦁    Philmont is still a working cattle ranch with rodeo champion wranglers on staff.
⦁    The Tooth of Time was a landmark on the Santa Fe Trail.
⦁    Kit Carson museum 
Do not let your child miss out on a once in a lifetime experience!


 Participants must be at least 14 years old by date of arrival at Philmont OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years old by time of arrival. Boy Scouts must be First Class Rank. First Aid, Camping, Cooking and Hiking or Backpacking merit badges are also recommended. All participants must meet Philmont's height/weight standards in order to trek in the backcountry.  Active participation in 191 crew training & shakedown events is required.

If you have questions, please contact ASM Curley at

Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:07 AM Categories: Backpacking High-Adventure Important One-pager Parent Meeting Planning Training

Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip Permission Form Available 

Scouts attending the Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip on Saturday February 16, 2013 will need this permission form signed by a parent or guardian.

Posted by Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:53 AM Categories: Backpacking Permission Slips

Andrew Skurka, "Adventurer Of The Year" Presentation 

ANDREW SKURKA, author and National Geographic “Adventurer Of The Year;” March 18th 7 PM; Washington Theater, 165 East Washington Ave. Washington, NJ. Admission is $10, or $5 for Scouts in uniform

Skurka is best known for his 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, his 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and his 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. He has been named an “Adventurer of the Year” by the National Geographic Society and by Outside, and “Person of the Year” by Backpacker. He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail, which was released by National Geographic Books

On March 18th Skurka will give an adventure-themed slideshow, “Circling Alaska and Yukon: A 4,700-mile 6-month journey by foot, skis and packraft through Big Wilderness.” This entertaining and thoughtful presentation features stunning imagery, emotional videos and some of Skurka’s best stories.

The presentation lasts about 90 minutes, including an intermission, question and answer session, and schwag raffle. Skurka will be available before and after the presentations to sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

Posted by Sunday, February 3, 2013 7:53 AM Categories: Backpacking Family Events Planning

Appalachian Trail Backpack Trip Permission Form Available 

Scouts attending the weekend Appalachian Trail Backpack Trip must have this Permission Form completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Posted by Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:23 AM Categories: Backpacking Permission Slips

Appalachian Trail Experience Signup is Offline 

The online signup for the Appalachian Trail Experience Backpacking Trip is now offline.

Those that have signed up online have been transferred to a physical signup sheet at the weekly troop meeting

Posted by Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:00 PM Categories: Backpacking Web Site

Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip Information Posted 

Details on the Appalachian Trail Backpacking trip including trail map, checklist and food ideas is available through this link.

Posted by Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:23 PM Categories: Backpacking Planning Summer Camping

Appalachian Trail Experience Backpacking Trip Signup Available 

An online signup for the Appalachian Trail Experience Backpacking Trip on October 6 - 7, 2012 is now available. You must be signed into the site to access online signups. The site has been enhanced to provide a confirmation of your signup that will be sent to the email address specified during signup. This is new basic functionality so if there are any issues let Bill Loeffler know.

Posted by Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:19 PM Categories: Backpacking Summer Camping Web Site
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