Patriots' Path Council

2024 Philmont Scout Ranch
Online Contingent Crew Application
Submit by January 20, 2023

Patriots’ Path Council has reserved 16 Philmont crews for the summer of 2024 for a 15 Day Adventure, including a two-day Colorado Tour, with an estimated cost of $3,375 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, 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 20, 2023. The Watchu crew selection process will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 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 20, 2023. 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 24, 2023, 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 20, 2023, 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 $675 deposit ($100 is non-refundable) for each crew member by Tuesday, February 7, 2023. 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 $65.00 times the number of crew members under the required 12.  (Example: each crew member’s fee would be $130 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, 2023, Patriots’ Path Council reserves the right to cancel one or more contingents, and/or to reassign crews from cancelled contingents to open slots in the remaining contingents.  Deposits will be returned to any crew whose contingent is cancelled by the council, and that crew will be given priority choice in the 2025 contingents.

Any questions regarding 2024 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


2024 Contingents and Travel Dates:

                        CONTINGENT                                 TRAVEL DATES

                                   627               Tuesday, June 25, 2024 to Tuesday, July 9, 2024

                                   628               Wednesday, June 26, 2024 to Wednesday, July 10, 2024

                                   629                Thursday, June 27, 2024 to Thursday, July 11, 2024

                                   713                Thursday, July 11, 2024 to Thursday, July 25, 2024


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


12-day Philmont Trek                                                                                         

Round Trip Airfare to CO                                                                                  

Bus transportation in CO, 6 meals, 2 nights                                           

Round Trip Bus CO to Philmont and 1 meal                                                      

Hike in Garden of the Gods or Red Rocks                                                         

Visit summit of Pike’s Peak                                                      

Whitewater rafting on AR River                                               

Hotel lodging / activity center in CO Springs                                                    

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 who have adult leaders that serve as Watchu staff and actively support the program.