Philmont Training Center
Philmont Scout Ranch spans across 137,493 acres of challenging Scouting adventure among the mountains and mesas of northeastern New Mexico. Most of that land is part of two gifts from Oklahoma oilman, Waite Phillips, who donated it "for the purpose of perpetuating faith, self-reliance, integrity, and freedom—principles used to build this great country by the American Pioneer."
Philmont's mountain terrain ranges in elevation from 6,621 feet at headquarters to 12,441 feet atop Baldy Mountain. Our abundant wildlife population includes deer, elk, mountain lion, bear, bobcat, buffalo (American bison), and antelope.
Rich in history, Philmont was a part of the Beaubien-Miranda Land Grant awarded by Mexico in 1841. The Santa Fe Trail passed along Philmont's eastern boundary. Both Kit Carson and mountain man Lucien Maxwell built homes at Rayado, located on the current southeast corner of the ranch. Philmont Scout Ranch and the surrounding area have a rich heritage of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Since Waite Phillips’s first property gift in 1938, over 900,000 Scouts and their leaders have participated in the rugged challenge of the backpacking program offered at Philmont Scout Ranch. Staffed camps offer a variety of activities including horseback riding, burro packing, mountain biking, gold panning, rock climbing, forestry, rifle marksmanship, archaeology, and much, much more—with a heavy emphasis on environmental awareness.
Mr. Phillips held a deep respect for the American cowboy. As part of the gift, he asked that Philmont always remain a working cattle ranch. Philmont maintains cattle, pack burros, buffalo, and riding horses.
National Training Center for the Boy Scouts of America since 1950, the Philmont Training Center offers a variety of week-long conferences for council and district volunteers and professionals, each summer. While a Scout leader is in conference, programs are planned for all members of the family – infant through adult. Nearly 4,500 volunteers and professional leaders attend conferences each summer. Invitations to these conferences have been traditionally based upon recommendation of the local council or one of the BSA’s National Committees, but any registered Scout leader can attend.