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Did you know that there are other ways to experience the magic of Philmont without going with the Troop?  

We understand with a Troop our size, it is often difficult to get one of the coveted spots on a Philmont crew.  But, your desire to go to Philmont doesn't have to end there!  There are some very exciting opportunities available to individuals that can be just as rewarding.  See if any of the programs below peak your interest.  Many of these opportunities are reasonably priced and some have scholarships available.  Applications and more information can be found in the Documents section at the bottom of this page.


OA Trail Crew (14 Days)
In partnership with the Order of the Arrow, Philmont Scout Ranch is offering you an opportunity to join other Arrowmen in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the trails of Philmont. The program is a 14-day experience incorporating the ideals of the Order of the Arrow.  The first week focuses on trail construction and maintenance, and the second week is a backpacking trek designed by the participants.  The program is not simply building trails and hiking.  The OA Trail Crew is ultimately a journey that challenges Scouts mentally, physically and spiritually.  Arrowmen at least 16 yrs of age by the program start date, but not yet 21 by its conclusion, may participate.


OA Trail Crew questions?




Ranch Hands (16 Days)
The Ranch Hands program is an opportunity to work with Philmont's Horse Department, taking care of Philmont's 250 head of horses and 80 head of burros.  You will be hauling hay and feed, saddling horses, helping keep the horses shod, and assisting on Philmont trail rides.  After your 8-day work session, you will earn and 8-day Cavalcade trek.  At the end of your experience, you will have the chance to participate in your own horseback Gymkhana.  The work can be strenuous and requires top physical conditioning.  Scouts and Venturers at least 16 yrs of age by the program start date, but not yet 21 by its conclusion, may participate.



-       To give participants an opportunity to see a real Ranching operation.

-       Learn about leading and guiding horse rides

-       Learn about maintaining a string of horses

-       Learn to navigate across the land on horseback

-       To gain skills and experiences to apply for Philmont Staff


Ranch Hands questions?



Rayado (20 Days)

Some individuals seek a variety of extraordinary challenges.  For some, wilderness has a special appeal; for some leadership is an integral skill; for some self-reliance and teamwork go hand in hand.

Do you aspire to stand atop soaring mountains, scanning peaks and valleys?  Does and extended wilderness experience appeal to you?  Would you like to meet and work with a diverse group of Scouts and Venturers from across the country?

If you choose to accept this challenge, Rayado will bring you a new appreciation for nature, a voyage of self-discovery, and instruction in advanced wilderness skills.  You will climb Philmont’s highest summits, climb rock faces, and take the most challenging trails.  Each participant will learn skills needed to be looked upon as an accomplished backpacker and effective leader.  Two Philmont Rangers will help you to achieve more than you ever thought possible.  Both male and female crews are offered.  Scouts and Venturers at least 15 yrs of age by the program start date, but not yet 21 by its conclusion, may participate.



-       Emphasize a variety of challenges geared towards personal growth

-       Develop a sense of stewardship for the natural environment

-       Instruct in advanced wilderness skills such as navigation techniques, expedition behavior, advanced cooking, low-impact camping, off-trail hiking and Leave No Trace ethics

-       Foster friendship and teamwork amongst a diverse group of young people

-       Provide an extraordinary wilderness experience which challenges and extends limits.


Rayado questions?




ROCS (21 days)

The Roving Outdoor Conservation School is an exciting program for Scouts and Venturers who have an interest in conservation, environmental science and natural resource management.  ROCS will offer each participant hands-on experience in conservation and environmental science.  As the crew hikes the Ranch, they will camp in different forest types and participate in activities in the following areas: forestry, fire ecology, insects, fisheries management, wildlife management, geology, plant identification, dendrology, watershed management and range management.  In addition, part of the trek will practice Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly techniques.  Both male and female crews are offered.  Scouts and Venturers at least 16 yrs of age by the program start date, but not yet 21 by its conclusion, may participate.



-       To educate responsible science of the land through instruction in environmental science, Leave No Trace principles and current conservation practices.

-       To develop conservation skills through a variety of hands-on projects, such as trail building, erosion mitigation and streambed restoration.

-       To develop leadership skills and positive expedition behavior necessary to plan and led multi-day backpacking trips with small groups.

-       To assist participants in honing their critical thinking skills and developing a better understanding of their surroundings.


ROCS questions?




Trail Crew (14 days)

Trail Crew Trek (TCT) is a co-ed 14-day education program focused on conservation and leadership development.  TCT involves 7 days of building trails, a 7 day educational trek through Philmont, hands-on experience with a variety of conservation projects on the Ranch and visits from guest speakers involved in conservation and resource management.  TCT provides a strong foundation for participants to become involved in service through conservation.  Both male and female participants are welcome.  Scouts and Venturers at least 16 yrs of age by the program start date, but not yet 21 by its conclusion, may participate.



-       To empower participants to plan, lead and carry out conservation service projects.

-       To develop a firm grasp on Leave No Trace skills to assist participants in becoming better stewards of the land and aid in the implementation of conservation service projects.

-       To create powerful learning opportunities in ecology, soils, forestry, botany, hydrology, wildlife management, range management and environmental policy.

-       To serve as a catalyst for conservation service project ideas and the vision necessary for their successful implementation.


Trail Crew questions?


More information on all the individual programs can be found at:




Interested in working at Philmont?

Seasonal Staff (summer – late June through sometime in August)

Want an exciting place to spend your summer?  Working in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of northern New Mexico, you will have a chance to work with some of the most outstanding young people from all over the country.  With over 1,000 seasonal jobs available, we have one that will spark your interest.  Philmont is a 137,500 acre High Adventure Base from 6,700 to 12,411 feet in elevation that will provide you a summer job experience you will never forget!


The fun of the summer doesn’t stop at Philmont.  Your days off are just as fun and part of the Philmont Staff experience!  You will have the opportunity to see and do things that you’ve never done.  Whether it be kayaking down the Rio Grande, climbing your first “fourteener” in Colorado, seeing the Grand Canyon, or the White Sands of New Mexico, these memories will last a lifetime.


The experiences and friendships that you make at Philmont will last a lifetime.  If you are interested in becoming part of the Philmont team, please send in your application as soon as possible!  Applicants must be age 18 or older to work at Philmont.


Staff opportunities questions?


Want to know more?  What is it like to work at Philmont?  Job descriptions, how to apply, information for new staffers, new hires blog, Philmont Staff Association and more can be found at . 


Seasonal Staff application is in the Documents section at the bottom of this page. 

 Documents Minimize
 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Rayado  2/12/2014991.05 KBDownload
ROCS  2/12/2014989.55 KBDownload
Trail Crew  2/12/2014924.18 KBDownload
Ranch Hands  2/12/2014773.15 KBDownload
Autumn Adventure  2/12/2014898.07 KBDownload
OA Trail Crew  2/12/2014877.87 KBDownload
Philmont Staff Application  2/12/2014169.96 KBDownload

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