Philmont Scout Ranch camps - Wikipedia. Philmont Scout Ranch camps are a group of backpacking camps located in Philmont Scout Ranch, a large property in Colfax County near Cimarron, New Mexico, owned by the Boy Scouts of America and used as a backpacking reservation. Philmont's camps are generally set no more than a couple of miles apart. Old camps are closed or relocated and new camps are opened every few years. Some camp sites are closed due to changing safety protocols.
For example, camps were once located on top of Urraca Mesa and in the Baldy Saddle but these are unlikely to reopen because the locations are at risk for lightning strikes. Base Camp. Most of its area is occupied by Camping Headquarters; ancillary facilities include the Seton Museum (devoted to Ernest Thompson Seton's Woodcraft Indians and other works), the Philmont Training Center and Villa Philmonte, the fire response facilities, the cattle headquarters, and the administration area. Mark Anderson is the current head of programs. The Welcome Center's small office offers check- in instructions and general information. The Camp Administration and Logistical Services manage registration and orchestrate all the ranch's operations. There are two dining halls, one for campers and one for staff. Services is a large L- shaped building whose facilities include rental and return of gear and issuance of trail food, lockers, in which crews may store gear they do not want to take on the trail, and a post office, which handles mail for staff and crew members.
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To be able to participate in the Trail Crew Trek program, participants must meet the following requirements: Be at least 16 years old the day your program begins, but not 21 by its conclusion; Be physically fit, able to lift.
Register: by individual or family: Fee: Season: Summer/Fall: Length: 6 days and nights: Age: Any Age: Conferences: Over 80 conferences are held each summer and fall for Scouters to choose from. Family: Programs are planned for. Philmont Scout Ranch camps are a group of backpacking camps located in Philmont Scout Ranch, a large property in Colfax County near Cimarron, New Mexico, owned by the Boy Scouts of America and used as a backpacking reservation.
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The infirmary has health officers who communicate with backcountry staff by radio and can dispatch vehicles to retrieve people if necessary. Tooth of Time Traders sells camping and backpacking gear as well as souvenirs. The snack bar is in the same building at the trading post and sells snack foods, ice cream, and beverages. There are four chapels: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Latter- day Saints. Each chapel holds services every evening for incoming and some outgoing crews. There are three tent cities: Trailbound, Homebound, and Staff.
Each contains several shower houses. The staff tent city's capacity is roughly 9. Trailbound and Homebound each hold between 4. Staffed camps. Camps often carry a historical or modern theme, such as logging (Crater Lake and Pueblano), mining or blacksmithing (French Henry, Cypher's Mine, and Black Mountain), fur trapping and mountain man life (Miranda, Clear Creek), challenge events (Dan Beard, Head of Dean, and Urraca) or Western Lore (Beaubien, Clark's Fork, or Ponil). The program in a camp is run by staff known as program counselors.
These program counselors are supervised by a camp director. Specific program activities include black- powder rifle loading and shooting, shotgun shooting and reloading, .
Miner's Park, Cimarroncito and Dean Cow), tomahawk throwing, branding, search and rescue training, mountain bicycling, Mexican homesteading, blacksmithing, gold panning, obstacle courses, archeological sites, spar pole climbing, and a variety of campfires and evening programs. Most staffed camps contain several campsites of the same sort which appear in trail camps (with the exception of French Henry); however, the primary distinguishing factor is the presence of one or several cabins. There is always a main cabin, where an arriving crew is given a . This includes information about available program, location of trash receptacles, and other timely information such as the presence of . Predictably, swap boxes tend to fill up with foods that people tend not to like, get too much of, or food few want to carry. With several exceptions, staffed camps accept garbage (not trash), send and receive mail, and offer purified water.
The exceptions are those camps which have no road access or where the camps receive their supply shipments by burro. All staffed camps contain radios, by which staff members can communicate with Logistical Services, the Infirmary, or each other. The radio is used for all manner of communication, including notifications of the movements of the ranch's various vehicles, logistical inquiries between camps and Base, major and minor medical issues, and a nightly itinerary read- out which often includes world news and a weather forecast. The ranch's non- stationary staff are assigned unit numbers, by which they identify themselves on the radio. The ranch also employs a variety of esoteric radio ten- codes for rapid communication. Current staffed camps. Its other program includes a Mexican dinner, goat- milking, and other farm- related activities and maintenance.
It is set in the year 1. Jesus Gil Abreu and his wife Petra, a daughter of Carlos Beaubien, established the Abreu settlement shortly after Lucien Maxwell's departure from the area in 1. Beaubien died in 1. Abreus one- twelfth of the Beaubien- Miranda land grant, which in 1. Maxwell for $3,5. Gertrude and Ramon Abreu built a house in the same year on the site that is currently Abreu.
The house no longer remains, but its foundations serve as the base of the cantina. Waite Phillips largely abandoned the house, but built what is now called Old Abreu Camp to serve as a logging and sheep- raising center. Under BSA ownership, this became a staffed base in the 1.
Program was shifted back to the old homestead site, known as . One early program which is still active as of 2. The cantina program began in 1. That same year, with the advent of the adobe program, scouts began construction the current cantina itself as part of the program. It shifted to its present interpretive format in 1.
The new cabin, meant to be an example of a typical house of the period, was built as a conservation project by the cabin restoration crew during the summer and fall of 1. The staff at Abreu interpret the daily life of the family of Petra and Jesus Abreu and work on an example of a small homestead.
They interpret characters to explain the history of the area and the family, while leading participants in daily activities, such as goat- milking, adobebrickmaking, animal care and other aspects of homestead life. Also, there is always an opportunity to play with the animals, fish in the creek, or relax in the Cantina. Trekkers usually regard the Cantina as their favorite of the camp. An adobe building with an attached courtyard and grape arbor, it serves as a place for exhausted crews to sit down and relax. A staffer sells root beer, peanuts, other foods, and critical supplies like maps, while also offering games for participants. Special events at Abreu include cantina activities, burro- racing, and baking in an horno (adobe oven).
Elevation: 7,2. 40 ft (2,2. South Country; water: purified from spigot; facilities: showers, latrines. Apache Springs. Located in the far southwest corner of the ranch, Apache Springs sits on the edge of a large alpine meadow.
While not an interpretive history camp (staff are not dressed in period clothing) the program relates the history and culture of the Jicarilla Apache who inhabited the region up until the mid 1. The camp features a small . Scouts have the opportunity to make real arrowheads and experience a . Apache Springs has the backcountry's only archery course, as well as a commissary where crews can resupply food, and white gas as needed. Elevation: 9,4. 00 ft (2,9. South Country, 3. Among the ruins of the town, at an elevation of 1.
Philmont now runs a staffed camp and commissary, which includes a trading post and showers. Its programs include a history of the town and climbing Baldy Mountain, which is the highest on the ranch at an elevation of 1. The land around Baldy Town and Mount Baldy was purchased in 1. Norton Clapp, vice- president of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The purchase added 1. Philmont Scout Ranch.
Beaubien. Located at the northerly end of wooded Bonita Canyon, Beaubien is the hub of the South Country. Virtually all treks that route through the South Country come here. The program features the life of the cowboy, both historical and modern, with horseback rides, branding, a chuckwagon dinner partially prepared by the staff, and a western campfire. Many campers choose to brand their hiking boots, belts, and other brandable articles with either the Slash Crazy S and/or the Bar P Crazy S brands of Philmont. Beaubien is named in honor of Carlos Beaubien who, along with Guadalupe Miranda, owned the original Mexican land grant of which Philmont is now a part. Beaubien is Philmont's largest camp, with 3.
Black Mountain. A log cabin assumed to be constructed in the 1. Crews who come here take a step back in time in a way that few other interpretive history camps at Philmont are able to do. The program is a hybrid of homesteading, mining, and early western settlement, set in reconstruction era America. Staff portray the roles of civil war veterans who have come west to carve out new lives, work for the Cimarron Indian Agency, and perhaps begin a settlement. Black- powder shooting skills and blacksmithing are taught in a manner where participants can appreciate the range of skills that were necessary to settle the West. Because this camp is inaccessible to vehicles, the staff must bring provisions in and garbage out of camp on foot.
For this reason, staff does not accept garbage from crews. The camp is located along the North Fork Urraca Creek at the southwesterly base of Black Mountain, one of the more prominent peaks on the ranch. Latrines are back- to- back and sit in the open. Elevation = 9,0. 40 ft (2,7. Located above the Rayado Canyon to the south, it is a short hike from Abreu, turning south at the Old Abreu trail camp. Carson Meadows is situated on a gorgeous meadow surrounded by thick woods.
From the cabin one has a spectacular view of the Tooth of Time, framed by Fowler Mesa to the west and Urraca Mesa to the east. Carson's program is search and rescue. Cimarroncito. The hub of the Central Country, also known as .
Philmont Scout Ranch - Wikipedia. Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico, covering 1.
Sangre de Cristo Mountains 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 a National High Adventure Base in which crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking expeditions and other outdoor activities. It is the one of the largest youth camps in the world in land area. Between June 8 and August 2. Scouts and adult leaders backpack across the Ranch's extensive backcountry while over 1,1. Ranch's summer operations.
Philmont is also home to the Philmont Training Center and the Seton Museum. The Training Center is the primary location for BSA's national volunteer training programs. Philmont is also operated as a ranch, maintaining small herds of cattle, horses, burros and bison. The only documented Tyrannosaurus rex track in the world was discovered within the camp's boundaries in 1. North Ponil Canyon by the Anasazi Trail Camp. It was formally identified in 1.
The closest village is Cimarron, New Mexico. The address of the ranch is usually given as 1. Deer Run Rd., Cimarron, NM, 8. It is also about 2. Springer, New Mexico, and 3. Raton, New Mexico. Philmont is about 1.
There are no mountains to the south or east of Philmont. The interior of the ranch is mountainous but a small part of the eastern area is prairie. The South Country is home to a series of six difficult peaks, namely Mount Phillips, Comanche Peak, Big Red, Bear Mountain, Black Mountain, and Schaefers Peak, as well as Trail Peak, which is popular for its nearness to Beaubien, and the wreckage of the crash of a B- 2. Of the ranch's various peaks with trail access, Black Mountain is widely considered the most difficult, followed closely by Baldy and Big Red.
The most recognizable landmark is the Tooth of Time at 9,0. Tooth of Time Ridge, and the latitude line on which it sits, marks the boundary between the central and southern sections of Philmont. The boundary between the central and northern sections is around U. S. Route 6. 4, which runs just south of the narrowest part of the 'I'- shape, which is only a few miles across. Other prominent landmarks on the ranch include Grizzly Tooth, Window Rock, Deer Lake Mesa, Wilson's Mesa and Urraca Mesa. History. A few Native American archaeological sites exist in the northern section nearby the 'Indian Writings' camp, and various camps seek to preserve Philmont's Native American heritage.
On April 2. 2, 1. B- 2. 4 Liberator crashed into the side of Trail Peak. Waite Philips led a rescue crew up, but the seven men on board died on impact. Among the casualties was Eagle Scout Roland L.
Jeffries and Star Scout Charles O. The Tooth of Time owes its name to this trail; travelers knew that once they passed it, they had only one week to go until they reached Santa Fe, New Mexico. Philmont's strategic location along the trail spurred some interest in it.
In 1. 84. 1, Carlos Beaubien and Guadalupe Miranda obtained a large land grant from the Mexican government, including the present ranch. Soon the grant fell into the hands of Beaubien's son- in- law Lucien Maxwell, who played an important role in developing and settling it. Maxwell sold the ranch to the Maxwell Land Grant and Railroad Company, which gave up and handed it on to a Dutch development company, which decided to parcel it out to ranchers. One of the most prominent ranchers was Jesus Gil Abreu, who ran the Abreu Rayado Ranch from the 1. Operating from the Rayado Settlement, he raised cattle, goats, and sheep and grew crops. The family owned this property until 1. One of the sons remained on the ranch near the site of Abreu, a present staffed camp, and his homestead was preserved for years.
The building was made of adobe, was abandoned and eventually collapsed. The foundation of this building now serves as the foundation for the Abreu cantina. The house was reconstructed in 1.
The history of mining at Philmont dates back to the years immediately after the Civil War. Army was driving out the American Indians. The story is that one of these soldiers befriended an Indian, who happened to give him a shiny rock. The shiny material in the rock was found to be copper.
According to the story, the soldier and two of his friends went up to investigate, and found gold. They could not stay to mine the gold and the area was overrun by miners by the time they returned the next year. Scores of gold mines were excavated in Philmont, and operated into the early 2.
A large vein of gold is said to lie under Mount Baldy to this day, but extracting it has not been feasible. It is a common joke at Philmont that some day the mines under Baldy will collapse and Phillips will be the highest mountain in Philmont. The Contention Mine, located at Cyphers Mine, and the Aztec Mine, located at French Henry, are open to guided tours. Wealthy oil magnate and wilderness enthusiast Waite Phillips amassed a large part of the old land grant in the 1. Phillips built a large residence in the lowlands of Philmont.
He turned the ranch into a private game reserve for himself and friends, and built a number of hunting lodges and day- use camps. He chose not to provide electricity at the remote camps.
A few of these original camps, including Fish Camp and the Hunting Lodge, have been preserved, complete with wood- burning stoves, oil lamps, and unique design features indicative of Phillips's often eccentric taste. Contributed to Boy Scouts. He was so impressed with the Scouts that in 1. Boy Scouts of America. The only condition was that it be used . He donated a second, larger section of land later on, requiring only that this section pay its fair share of taxes on any portion devoted to competitive commercial operations.
Contrary to popular belief, Phillips did not donate his entire ranch to the Boy Scouts, but only that portion of the property that provided the most recreational value. The total donation comprised about 4. To help fund maintenance of Philmont, he also donated the Philtower office building in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1. 96. 3, vice- president of the National Council Norton Clapp contributed funds to purchase another 1. Maxwell Land Grant, consisting of the Baldy Mountain mining area. In 2. 01. 5, the Boy Scouts of America purchased 2,6.
Cimarroncita Ranch. In 1. 98. 9, the Boy Scouts obtained a renewable special use permit to the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest from the United States Forest Service, allowing Scouts to hike and camp in the area. Philmont operates three staffed camps. Those camps serve around 3,0.
Scouts each summer. In return, each camper is asked to contribute three hours of conservation work in the Valle on projects approved by the Forest Service. Rich Cabins, a historical farming cabin on Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch, is also operated as a staff camp. Camp name. The ranch's name was then changed to the .
Visiting Scouts lived at one of these camps for a week and could take day hikes to surrounding locations. To visit a different area, the Scouts packed their gear onto burros and hiked to another base camp. Eventually, possibly due to the advent of modern lightweight metal- frame backpacks and other backpacking technology. A typical Philmont trek lasts 1. Each trek coveres distinct regions, peaks, and camps. A group of Scouts on a trek is called a crew; most crews are assembled in the local council by troops, Venturing crews, or local councils.
A crew consists of eight to twelve people accompanied by two to four adult leaders, a chaplain's aide, Wilderness Pledge Guide, and a crew leader. A contingent consists of one or more crews from the same council (see Boy Scouts of America: Organization), traveling together.
Sister crews are crews that follow the same itinerary and are usually from different troops. Around 3. 60 trekkers arrive at base camp every day of the season. The first crews depart with their guides, or Ranger, on June 8, and the last crews depart on August 1. During the last few weeks of the season crews may be placed on shortened itineraries, which run from 6 to 9 days in length (compared to the typical 1. Trek experience. The Southwest Chief runs between Los Angeles Union Station and Chicago Union Station, and includes a station in Raton. Nearby commercial airports are the Albuquerque International Sunport airport, Denver International Airport, Colorado Springs Airport, Pueblo Memorial Airport with service to Denver, and Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Commercial chartered buses are available to and from the airports and some cities.
He or she assists them in the various Base Camp (. Philmont also provides optional cooking supplies. The next morning, they eat breakfast at the dining hall, have their crew photo taken, and board a bus to one of the ranch's several trailheads (called . Rangers stay with their crews on the trail for two days and depart on the morning of the third day. In the next eight days the crew will hike through the Philmont wilderness, staying at various staffed camps and unstaffed . On the final day, the crew returns to Base Camp, sometimes by bus from a turnaround or by climbing over the Tooth of Time and hiking directly into Base Camp.
During the final day at Base Camp, the crew cleans up, returns various Philmont- issued supplies, and attends the closing campfire. Work Crews are staff groups who are responsible for maintaining and sometimes creating campsites and trails.
Trail Crews known as Advanced Teams are the first Conservation staffers to begin hiking and clearing the trails, one month prior to the first participants' arrival. Conservationists live in staff camps and lead conservation projects for treks passing through their camp. The GIS staff map trails, campsites, and other features of the Philmont Backcountry. In recognition of the 1. BSA, Northrop Grumman donated high- resolution geospatial data of the ranch to Philmont.