Philmont 2018: 703-W

  • Nov 25-26 (A-T north of Allentown)
  • Feb 18-19 (optional / side hike on Loyalsock Trail while at Brulé)
  • March 23-25 (Ockanickon)
  • April 20-22 (Ricketts Glen)
  • May 11-13 (A-T Pinnacle & Hawk Mountain)
  • May 25-27 (Harriman State Park, New York)
  • June 8-10 (Conestoga Trail)
We have our flights!

30 June: WN#5075  10:00AM PHL - DEN 12:05PM
15 July: WN#3781  6:20PM DEN - PHL 11:50PM



Troop 98 is Going Back to Philmont in 2018!


Age requirement:  You must be 14 years old by July 1, 2018 (or 13 years old and have completed 8th grade and Scoutmaster permission). You must also be in excellent physical condition by the time you go.

Dates:  June 30 to July 15, 2018 (pending flights; we really can't leave later than July 1)

Cost: $2,200 (approximate; last year we went for $2000) plus cost to outfit yourself (your gear)

$100 Deposit required by January 26th 
(non-refundable, although substitutions are possible later if someone adds in)

$500 2nd Deposit required by September 22nd 
(non-refundable, although substitutions are possible later if someone adds in). If you haven't given us a $100 deposit you must pay $600 total by Sep 22.

$800 3rd payment required by March 2nd

$800 4th payment required by April 20th (payment may be lower based on airfare)

We're sending up to 4 crews to Philmont Scout Ranch in early July 2018.  We will probably leave Philadelphia on June 30th and return on July 15th (we prefer to leave on a Saturday and return on a Saturday or Sunday).

Troop 98 has sent crews to Philmont in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 (and Venture Crew 99 in 2015).  Many of the boys and fathers who attended described it as “the experience of a lifetime.”  At Philmont, crews spend 12 days backpacking in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.  Along the way, they may pan for gold, ride burros, climb spar poles, throw hatchets, scale cliff faces or dance to banjo music in front of a fire.  They also endure physical challenges, develop as a team, encounter great natural beauty and transform in two short weeks from boys to self-confident young men.  It is truly a powerful experience.  See the links on the right of this page for more information or ask any of the Scouts and Leaders that went last summer (list is HERE).  We also have a lot of fun touring in New Mexico or Colorado on the way to Philmont and sometimes on the way back. Check out the pictures!

Summer 2018 may seem like a long way off, but we have to begin planning our adventure now.  The first step is to get a good idea of all who want to go (and to pay Philmont the deposit they need to hold our spots).  To be eligible, a Scout must be at least 14 years old by the time he arrives at Philmont or be 13 and have completed 8th grade.  In addition, a Scout must have achieved the rank of First Class before leaving for Philmont.  These are the minimum requirements. If you are uncertain of your Scout's emotional or physical readiness for this trip, please contact the Scoutmaster.

There are several more requirements that relate to physical condition and health, participation in Troop activities in general and our Philmont training program in particular, etc.  We will describe those in more detail later on.  But at this point, we want to get a sense of which boys (and adults) want to go.  We also need to be sure we have enough adult leaders to come along.  Each crew (of up to 10 boys) needs a minimum of 2 adult advisors (one 21 or older and one 18 or older).

Some things you might want to consider in deciding whether you want to go (or to let your son go):

    • Cost – you should plan on $2,200 per person.  We will ask for your NONREFUNDABLE deposit of $100 now.  We will ask for additional payments of $500-700 in September 2017, early March 2018 and early April 2018.  All of these payments are non-refundable.

    • Equipment – in addition to the trip costs, you will need to have the right equipment.  Good boots ($100-150), a backpack ($100-150) and a sleeping bag ($100) are the big items, but there is probably another $100 of stuff you’ll need. PHILMONT IS EXPENSIVE, BUT DON'T LET ITS COST STOP YOU!  If that is the only issue stopping you, we will try and find a way to help.  There are many months before we leave in which a Scout can earn money.

    • Physical Condition – All participants have to meet height/weight requirements below and have a physical exam. Unless a Scout has some special health issues, this is really a concern only for adults.  Philmont involves carrying a 40 lbs pack up and down mountains at 8-10,000 feet of elevation.  It can be very tough and requires preparation.  So both scouts and adults who sign up must understand that they are signing up for months of physical training not just two weeks of backpacking.  Any adult in reasonable shape can get ready.  They just have to be willing to take the time to do the training.

    • Scout Spirit – a successful Philmont trek requires cooperation, maturity and a sense of shared responsibility.  It requires that a Scout truly live the principles of the Scout Law and Oath.  It requires that he be a dedicated member of the team.  We judge all this by what a Scout does before he gets on the airplane to Philmont.  So we don’t allow Scouts to get on that plane who are not active participants in our Troop or who fail to live up to the Scouting ideals over the next year and half.
After you have considered these factors and asked our Philmont veterans any questions you may have, we need you to indicate your interest in participating.  If you are interested in going (either Scouts or Adults), you must deliver a check for $100 per person $500 ($400 if you already made a $100 deposit) made out to “BSA Troop 98.”  Please bring your check to a meeting and drop it in the Treasurer's box. While it's possible to add-in to the trip later, to guarantee yourself a spot we need to have your check on or before Friday, September 22, 2017 Friday, January 26, 2017.


PHILMONT WEB SITE (with video)

Troop 98 
Picture Albums:

2016  -  2016

2014  -  2014

2012  -  2012
2012  -  2012
2012  -  2012

2010  -  2010

Troop 98 

Philmont 2018 Who's Going