Philmont 2020



Troop 98 is Going Back to Philmont in 2020!

  • Thanksgiving Weekend A-T Day Hike 2019
  • March 20-22: Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation and A-T
  • April 17-19: Horseshoe Trail/Warwick
  • May 15-17: Appalachian Trail
  • June 12-14: Conestoga Trail

  • Hikes
  • Orienteering Meets (MASOC May 2)

COMPLETE THIS FORM to let us know of your interest

Age requirement:  You must be 14 years old by July 7, 2020 (or 13 years old and have completed 8th grade). You must also be in good physical condition by the time you go.

Dates:  July 4 to 19, 2020 (definite)

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

$100 Deposit required by January 30th (non-refundable, although substitutions are possible)

We've sent crews to Philmont in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 (in 2018 we substituted a trip to Colorado which we called "Plan B").  Many of the boys and fathers who've attended describe 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 challenge, 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 30 Scouts that went last summer.  We also have a lot of fun touring in New Mexico or Colorado on the way to Philmont and sometimes on the way back.

2020 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 (July 7, 2020) 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.  

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 2019, February 2020 and April 2020.  All of these payments will be 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.  TROOP 98 PHILMONT GEAR PAGE

      PHILMONT IS EXPENSIVE, BUT DON'T LET COST STOP YOU!  If that is the only issue stopping you, we will try to find ways to help with the cost.  And 18 months is a long time for a scout to sell Camp Cards, rake leaves, mow grass, babysit, etc.

    • 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 PhilmontSo 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 from now until departure.
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.