The Chippewa Valley Council is exploring sending a Council-Led contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2024. 

We are seeking adults that would be interested in being Advisors, and Philmont Trek Committee Members. 

If a suitable amount of interested Adults apply to perform duties of a committee, Trek Advisors, and Reserve Trek Advisors, registration for youth to attend will open up. 

About Philmont Scout Ranch: Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America’s premier High Adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.

What is an Advisor? Long story short: advisors are adults that attend the Philmont trek with youth and provide guidance and support to the youth on the trek. All Advisors must be physically capable of hiking and camping for the entire length of the trek. Each Advisor is expected to reflect high moral standards established by custom, traditional values, religious teaching and following the Youth Protection guidelines. Philmont recommends that groups identify alternate adult leadership (Reserve Advisors) who are available to step in at the last minute in the event an adult Advisor is unable to attend.

One adult Advisor in each crew is designated the “Lead Advisor”. This person is the principal Advisor responsible for coordinating a successful Philmont experience for each member of the crew. All adults support the Lead Advisor in accomplishing the duties of an Advisor. An Advisors’ main role is to coach, mentor, and support the youth Crew Leader. By doing this, the youth leaders will gain leadership experience throughout the trek and will be able to help all members of the crew develop into a strong team.

Advisors should ensure the safety and well-being of each crew member through:

  • First aid treatment.
  • Administration of required medications.
  • Proper water purification.
  • Supervision any time a stove is in use.
  • Guidance and support in emergency situations.

What is a committee member? Adults that are not participating in the Philmont trek but are assisting in trek in planning, organizing, supporting, and fundraising.  

If you are interested in serving in any capacity to support a Chippewa Valley Council led trek at Philmont, please fill out the form below. This is only an interest form, there are no obligations.