What is Philmont?

Many Scouts know or have heard about this legendary ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico.  Philmont is over 215 square miles of rugged mountain wilderness with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.  Over 800,000 Boy Scouts have hiked the trails at Philmont.


Besides hiking along hundreds of miles of trails…

Boy Scouts have the opportunity while at Philmont to participate in many programs such as; horseback riding, branding, panning for gold, rock climbing, rappelling, burro racing, black powder rifle shooting, or visiting a real gold mine.

The Cape Fear Council has secured reservations for 2 crews (1 troop) next summer at Philmont.

In July our Contingent will be flying to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then traveling by bus to Philmont.  On the way to Philmont, our Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in other activities and visit notable sites in the southwest as we “acclimate” to the altitude.  We will spend twelve days at the Philmont Scout Ranch hiking in the rugged backcountry.

We only have 16 spaces available,

so the application process is extremely important in the selection of our Troop.  Scouts must be 14 years old by January 1, 2016* and must be mature enough to work with other Scouts as well as physically capable to handle this rigorous trek.  Applications are due along with a $100 deposit, at the Cape Fear Council office no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 30th, 2015.  The estimated cost for this adventure is $2,200 per person, which includes airfare, ground transportation, Philmont Reservation Fee, meals, contingent t-shirts, hats, and patches. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the 2016 Philmont Contingent, please feel free to contact Matthew Bull at the Scout Office 395-1100 ext.23, or email him at

Philmont Application 2016