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About Philmont

Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. The ranch, formerly the property of oil baron Waite Phillips and now that of the Boy Scouts of America, is currently in use as a National High Adventure Base in which crews of Scouts take part in backpacking expeditions and other outdoor activities.

Of the three national high adventure bases operated by the National Council of the BSA, Philmont is the oldest and the most highly regarded. Philmont is also home to the Philmont Training Center, which is the main center for BSA's national-level training for volunteers and professionals.

The standard and most popular Philmont program is the trek. A typical Philmont trek lasts 10 days and covers anywhere from 50 to 100 miles of trail. A group of Scouts on a trek is called a crew; most crews are assembled by troops, Venturing crews, or local councils, and consist of people from the same area. A crew consists of seven to twelve people (usually ten or more), with two to four adult leaders and a crew leader. A contingent consists of one or more crews from the same council traveling together. Around 360 trekkers arrive at base camp every day of the season.

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Philwiki is a compendium of information concerning Philmont Scout Ranch, written by the Philmont community, for use by the Phlmont community. While there are are other websites that contain information about Philmont, this one aims at objectivity through consensus. We are attempting to create a thorough and up-to-date resource for campers and staff. Philwiki uses MediaWiki™ software, the same used by Wikipedia. Many Scouts and Venturers visit the ranch every year and we hope many of them will help by contributing here.

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