Philmont Scout Ranch
National Lottery for 2015 Philmont Crew Slots: Each year Philmont conducts a lottery to issue crew slots. The lottery dates for Atlanta 2015 Crews is open from October 28 - December 1, 2013. Don't miss out on this great High Adventure opportunity for You and Your Scouts!!
Southern Region Units (our council!) can start applying during these dates. Look at the link below for the Philmont "National Lottery" Information for 2015.
Atlanta Area Council Lottery for 2015 Crew Slots: The Atlanta Area Council will have a Council Contingent consisting of six crews (12 per crew) to Philmont in 2015. We will conduct a lottery for interested units in late January, 2014. Please check back on this page for further information.
About Philmont: Philmont Scout Ranch is a national camping area, owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. Philmont is large, comprising 137,493 acres or about 215 square miles of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rockies. 32 staffed camps and 50 unstaffed camps are operated by the ranch. Philmont has high mountains which dominate rough terrain with an elevation ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.
Since Philmont's first camping season in 1939, more than 650,000 Scouts, Explorers and their 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 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.
In addition to regular expeditions, Philmont offers several special programs. These include Cavalcades (expeditions on horseback), Mountain Men and Mountain Women (a provisional 6-day experience for family members of Training Center participants), Rayado Treks, an extended expedition for Scouts and Explorers who have attained a high degree of backpacking skill and who are at least 15 years or ninth grade graduates, and not yet 21, and Trail Crew, a 28-day combination trail building and expedition The mission of Philmont Scout Ranch is to achieve the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America and to serve local councils by providing an outstanding High Adventure, training, or family program experience to older Scouts and family members.This mission is achieved through the combined efforts of the Camping, Training, Ranching and Administrative departments of Philmont.