Patriots' Path Council

2023 Philmont Scout Ranch
Online Contingent Crew Application
Submit by January 21, 2022

Patriots’ Path Council has reserved 16 Philmont crews for the summer of 2023 with two options:

  • 15-Day Adventure including a two-day Colorado Tour with an estimated cost of $3,025 per person.
  • 14-Day Adventure including a one-day Colorado Tour with an estimated cost of $2,750 per person.

Each crew must consist of 12 Scouts and Scouters, with a minimum of 3 adults, 9 youths and a maximum of 4 adults and 8 youths. A unit may submit more than one application, but priority will be given to every unit’s first application before any unit’s second application is considered.

Patriots’ Path Council units, and out-of-council units that actively participate in the Watchu program, interested in participating as a group should complete and submit this Crew Application no later than January 21, 2022. The Watchu crew selection process will take place on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 7 p.m. The application will be considered on time and eligible for the crew selection process if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Received by January 21, 2022. Application must be submitted online. 
  2. Application must include at least 8 members, with the numbers of youth and adults age 21 and over as specified on the application. Crews with less than 12 members must recruit additional crew members and be willing to accept individuals assigned by Patriots’ Path Council as needed to create a full crew of 12.
  3. Units must rank their preference for travel dates.

On January 25, 2022, at the Watchu crew selection process:

  • All on-time applications will be included in the process of being assigned available crew slots. District provisional crews will be given first choice of travel dates. All other applications will then be assigned their highest ranked preferred travel date that is available until all slots have been assigned.
  • Crew applications received after January 21, 2022, and out of council crews that are not certified as active Watchu participants, will not participate in the process, but will be placed at the end of the waiting list in the order applications are submitted. A representative of the crew is encouraged, though not required, to attend the drawing.
  • If the number of crews expressing interest is greater than the number of available slots, the drawing will continue to develop a waiting list.  (Additional crew slots may be available from Philmont.)
  • Crews awarded a slot in a Patriots’ Path Council Philmont contingent must register online and submit a $600 deposit ($100 is non-refundable) for each crew member by Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the assigned slot, which will immediately be offered to the next crew on the waiting list.


Patriots’ Path Council reserves the right to remove individuals or crews from the contingents for failure to make payments per the specified schedule.

There will be a supplemental fee charged to each member of a crew that has less than 12 members. The fee will equal $60 times the number of crew members under the required 12. (Example: Each crew member’s fee would be $120 higher for a crew with only 10 members). All program fees may be paid by check, electronic check, or credit card, but a 3% fee will be added on to all credit card payments to cover the out-of-pocket cost to the council.

If the number of crews is fewer than 16 on May 1, 2022, Patriots’ Path Council reserves the right to cancel one or more contingents, and/or to reassign crews from canceled contingents to open slots in the remaining contingents. Deposits will be returned to any crew whose contingent is canceled by the council, and that crew will be given priority choice in the 2024 contingents.

Any questions regarding 2023 Patriots’ Path Council Philmont contingents and the process that will be used to fill them should be directed to Andrew Joiner at 973-765-9322, ext. 252, or email

*NOTE: To participate in Crew Selection Process AND to reserve a slot, crews must include at least 8 members, with a distribution of youth and adults as shown below. Crews that are smaller than 12 must recruit additional members, and be willing to accept individuals assigned by Patriots’ Path Council to the crew, as needed, to fill it.

                                         CREW SIZE        YOUTH**           ADULTS (age 21 and over)

                                              8                         6                                          2

                                              9                      7 or 6                                  2 or 3

                                             10                        7                                          3

                                             11                        8                                          3

                                             12                     9 or 8                                  3 or 4

                           **at time of participation, 14-years old OR 13 and completed 8th grade


2023 Contingents and Travel Dates:

                        CONTINGENT                                 TRAVEL DATES

                                   629               Tuesday, June 27, 2023, to Tuesday, July 11, 2023

                                   630***         Thursday, June 29, 2023, to Wednesday, July 12, 2023

                                   713                Tuesday, July 11, 2023, to Tuesday, July 25, 2023

                                   714                Wednesday, July 12, 2023, to Wednesday, July 26, 2023

***Denotes 14-Day Adventure


Expected 15-Day and 14-Day Adventure activities (may be substitutions of similar items):

                                                                                                15 Day             14 Day

12-day Philmont Trek                                                                 X                     X

Round Trip Airfare to CO                                                            X                     X

Bus transportation in CO, 3 meals, 1 night                                                        X

Bus transportation in CO, 6 meals, 2 nights                              X             

Round Trip Bus CO to Philmont and 1 meal                              X                     X

Hike in Garden of the Gods or Red Rocks                                X                      X

Visit summit of Pike’s Peak                                                       X

Whitewater rafting on AR River                                                 X

Hotel lodging / activity center in CO Springs                             X                      


Out-of-council units may be certified as active participants in the Watchu Program only by the Patriots’ Path Council High Adventure Committee, and this is reserved for units that have adult leaders who serve as Watchu staff and actively support the program.