High Adventure

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Pathway to Adventure Council Contingent to
Philmont High Adventure Base

July 6-21, 2019
Register Here by April 27, 2018


Philmont is a BSA High Adventure Base located in Northern New Mexico. Scouts and Adult Advisors embark on a12-day backpacking expedition through the rugged Sangre de Christo Mountain range, hiking 60 to 80 miles at elevations ranging from 6,500 feet above sea level to 12,400 feet at the top of Mt. Baldy – the highest mountain on the ranch.

One can only imagine the extensive training necessary to carry a 45-pound backpack over rugged, terrain for two weeks. Wildlife, mountain thunderstorms, low humidity, changing temperatures, elevation, and 200 square miles of backcountry wilderness requires very careful planning, dedicated physical training, close crew bonding and the proper backpacking equipment.

If your Troop or Crew has never gone to Philmont, the annual PTAC Philmont Contingent would be ideal for you. Consider plugging this high adventure trip into your Unit’s 2019 schedule. Designed for solo Scouts, partial crews, co-ed crews, or even full crews of up to 12 participants, the PTAC Philmont Contingent Training volunteers take you through the trip planning process, budget, medical forms, equipment selection, physical training, and crew formation process. 

The individual crews will have their own shakedown camping & hiking weekends, typically in May and June, where they will practice the skills learned and put in many more miles with their boots, packs, and gear. These weekends build the crew into a team as well as contribute to physical fitness. Throughout the training months, there will be practice hikes at local forest preserves, hiking paths, and inside shopping malls. Hiking Philmont is truly the trip of a lifetime and an experience many Scouts come home from changed forever knowing they finished such a challenging trek. 

The cost of the 2019 Contingent trip is estimated to be $ 1,900.00 and includes the Philmont Ranch fee, all trip transportation, meals, lodging, Shakedown Weekend, Taste of Philmont, 10-mile Shakedown Hike, Philmont belt & buckle, Philmont Tooth of Time Crew photo, side-trips, and more. Due to LIMITED SPACE in the 2019 PTAC Contingent, excess Applications will be placed on a waitlist.

 To schedule a unit presentation, contact Tony Skiroock at anthonyskiroock@gmail.com




For more info/questions: cathlynn.peters@scouting.org / 312-421-8800 ext 300