is a national camping area in New Mexico that is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. Philmont is immense, covering about 215 square miles of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rockies, and contains 32 staffed camps and 50 unstaffed camps. Philmont’s high mountains dominate a rough terrain, with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.
provides outstanding high adventure and training programs to older Scouts and adult leaders through the combined efforts of its camping, training and ranching departments. Since Philmont's first camping season in 1939, more than 650,000 Scouts and leaders have participated in the rugged challenge of its backpacking program.
Philmont's camping season is from mid-June to late August. Scouts must be in top physical condition, at least 14 years of age by January 1 of the year in which they attend (or have completed the eighth grade), and be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Organized into crews of 7-12, including at least two adult leaders, participants hike Philmont's mountains for ten full days, spending nights at various backcountry camps. At staffed camps, crews can participate in a variety of programs presented by Philmont backcountry staff. Among these programs are horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, rock climbing, 30.06 rifle shooting, archaeology, mountain biking and interpretive programs such as homesteading and mountain man rendezvous.
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