A youth must be 14 years of age by the time they arrive at Philmont OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade. To avoid disappointment, please do not request or expect exceptions! Requirements for Philmont participation cannot be relaxed.
In keeping with the policies of the Boy Scouts of America, rules for participation are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.
The best available adult leadership should be recruited to accompany each crew. In keeping with the policy of the Boy Scouts of America, there are no gender restrictions for adult leadership at Philmont except that each co-ed Venturing crew must have co-ed adult leaders.
Each Philmont expedition or group must have at least two BSA registered adult advisors for Scout groups. One advisor must be at least 21 years of age; the second advisor must be at least 18. Non-Venturing participants 18 through 20 years of age may be counted as youth or adult crew members, even if they are registered as adults in a Boy Scout troop.
For additional info on adult leadership, and requirements for co-ed Venturing crews, see the Philmont website.
Crew Composition & Size
For group expeditions, Philmont requires a crew of 7 (minimum) to 12 (maximum) members, including all youth and adult participants and adult advisors. This is the best size for a Philmont crew and makes handling crew chores more efficient, food distribution best, and program opportunities greater. Keeping the crew together on the trail is easier by maintaining these standards. Campsites are designed to comfortably accommodate a maximum of 12 persons. The majority of any Philmont crew must be youth members, and no more than four adult advisors (over 21) may accompany a crew.
Health and Medical Record
Each youth participant and adult advisor must provide verification for the following immunizations:
Immunization services must be performed (a fee is required) at Philmont for any crew member who cannot provide the required verification.
Risk AdvisoriesA Philmont trek is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. Each person will carry a 30- to 50-pound pack while hiking five to 12 miles per day in an isolated mountain wilderness, ranging from 6,500 to 12,500 feet in elevation. Climatic conditions include temperatures from 30 to 90 degrees F, low humidity (10% to 30%) and frequent, sometimes severe, afternoon thunderstorms.
In order to meet the Philmont challenge, every participant must meet the required weight limit for backpacking, understand Philmont's risk advisory, and be aware of potential hazards. Participants with medical conditions or requirements should review the recommendations regarding chronic illness.
Important: the rules for participation are the same for everyone without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, or special needs. Any participant arriving at Philmont who does not meet the physical requirements—or any person coming off the trail because they cannot physically "make it"—must return home at their own expense.