Family, Fun, and Learning at the Philmont Training Center
Photographs by John R. Fulton Jr.
Combine a family vacation with some of Scouting‘s best volunteer training for leadership in units, districts, and councils.
The Philmont Training Center (PTC), the BSA national facility at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., offers weeklong training conferences from June through September for council, district, and unit volunteers, professional Scouters, and junior leaders. Also available are age-specific activities for family members, including (except during weeks 1 and 12) a Mountain Trek hiking program for youth 14 to 20 years old.
Except for two Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Relationships Weeks, families arrive on Sunday and depart the following Saturday. Meals are served in dining halls; housing is in large, two-person wall tents on platforms, equipped with electricity and located near showers and restrooms, medical facilities, and recreation areas.
Conferences are led by a faculty of experienced Scouters and utilize the latest BSA literature, resources, and audiovisuals.
Fees include meals, lodging, and conference and family program materials: conference participants, $420; spouses and children over 20, $300; children ages 6 to 20, $240; ages 3 to 5, $150; 2 and under, $55; Mountain Trek, $320; and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), $320.
Participants must obtain an invitation to attend a conference from their local council Scout executive.
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