Now accepting applications for the
2020 Southwest Florida Council Contingent slots!

Southwest Florida Contingent Flyer

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest National High Adventure Base. Born in 1938 as Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp, Philmont has become a bustling center for high adventure and training. It covers 140,177 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in northeastern New Mexico. Philmont has a unique history of ancient Native Americans who chipped petroglyphs into canyon walls, Spanish conquistadors, who explored the Southwest long before the first colonists arrived on the Atlantic coast, the rugged breed of mountain man such as Kit Carson, who blazed trails across this land, the great land barons like Lucien Maxwell who built ranches along the Santa Fe Trail and miners, loggers and cowboys. All left their mark on Philmont.

Philmont Scout Ranch operates 35 staffed camps and 55 trail camps across the rugged terrain that ranges in elevation from 6,500 to 12,441 feet. More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers, and Advisors have experienced the adventure of Philmont since its first camping season in 1939. Throughout its existence, conscientious attention to low-impact camping techniques and diligent wildlife and forestry conservation work has helped maintain Philmont’s wilderness.

In addition to providing an unforgettable adventure in backpacking across miles of rugged, rocky trails, Philmont Scout Ranch offers programs that feature the best of the Old West—horseback riding, burrow packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history—with exciting challenges for today such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and sport shooting. It’s an unbeatable recipe for fast-paced fun in the outdoors.

For the 2020 trek season, the Southwest Florida Council has tentatively reserved three crews with 12 slots each (between 9-10 youth and between 2-3 adults).  The number of deposits paid to the council office by May 1st, 2019 will determine the final number of Crews the council will send.  Youth slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis, based on the date that your deposit is paid.  Adults will be selected by the Council from those who apply.  

Philmont Scout Ranch - Cimarron, New Mexico

July 12th - July 25th, 2020                       

Youth Requirements:
Participants must be registered members of the BSA who will be 14 years of age OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation. Please do NOT request or expect any exceptions to this rule. Each participant must be capable of participating in the backpacking or horseback riding trek. Each participant must meet the health requirements as outlined in the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. 

Youth Philmont Application

Adult Requirements:
Each crew MUST have at least TWO (2) BSA registered adult Advisors. Philmont strongly recommends that each crew participates with THREE (3) adult Advisors. This provides flexibility in the event that an adult Advisor needs to leave the trail. A participant who is 18 to 20 years of age may be counted as a youth or be an assistant adult Advisor.  All Advisors must be physically capable of hiking and camping for the entire length of the trek. Each Advisor is expected to reflect high moral standards established by custom, traditional values, religious teaching, and following the Youth Protection guidelines. 

Adult Philmont Application

Height & Weight Restrictions:
Philmont Scout Ranch has established weight limit guidelines and uses this measurement because overweight individuals are at a greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, altitude sickness, sleep problems, and injury. Each participant’s weight must be less than the maximum acceptable limit in the weight chart. Participants 21 years and older who exceed the maximum acceptable weight limit for their height at the Philmont medical recheck WILL NOT be permitted to backpack or hike at Philmont. They will be sent home.

For participants under 21 years of age who exceed the maximum acceptable weight for height, the Philmont staff will use their judgement to determine if the youth can participate. Philmont will consider up to 20 pounds over the maximum acceptable weight limit, however, exceptions are not made automatically and discussion with Philmont in advance is required for any exception. Due to rescue equipment restriction and evacuation efforts from remote sites, under NO circumstances will any individual weighing more than 295 pounds be permitted to participate in backcountry

Includes Philmont 12 day trek fee, airfare, bus transportation to and from Denver International Airport, hotel accommodations, meals, tour of the U.S. Air Force Academy, pre-trek shakedown weekend, 1 custom trek performance shirt, 1 trek Council shoulder patch.           

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with your application. Application deadline is May 1st, 2019.  You may download the application by clicking the link at the bottom of this e-mail.  

Payment Schedule:
May 1st, 2019 - $100 (Initial deposit w/ application)
July 1st, 2019 - $250
August 1st, 2019 - $250
September 1st, 2019 - $250
October 1st, 2019 - $250
November 1st, 2019 - $250
December 1st, 2019 - $250
February 1st, 2020 - $250
March 1st, 2020 - $250

Payment in full may be made at anytime prior to posted deadlines.  The above schedule is the minimum required to hold your reservation if accepted. Fees except the $100 initial deposit are refundable after 12/31/2019 only if your slot is filled by a replacement who has paid in full.  If you are more than 60 days past due on scheduled payments, your slot will be revoked.  Fees are not refundable due to not meeting the high adventure height/weight requirements as published by national or due to missing your outbound flight to Philmont.  A 3% convenience fee applies to all credit card payments.

If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Hassy, Director of Camping & Activities ( 

Applications may be returned via e-mail ( or by regular mail.  Payments may be made by check with your mailed application or by phone via credit card. A 3%, non-refundable convenience fee applies to any credit card payment.

Please make all checks payable to:
Southwest Florida Council, BSA
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 936-8072  Voice
(239) 936-7864  Fax

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