|Philmont participants must be at least 14 by January 1, or
have completed the 8th grade and be at least 13 years of
age prior to participation. To avoid disappointment, please
do not request or expect exceptions! Requirements for
Philmont participation cannot be relaxed.
Youth must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of
America, and may participate in a Philmont expedition as:
- members of a chartered unit ~ Scout Troop, Varsity Team or Venturing
- members of a council contingent or district contingent with required
- individuals in the Rayado Men/Women, Ranch Hands, Order of the Arrow
Trail Crew, or R.O.C.S. Men/Women (Roving Outdoor Conservation
Adults must be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of
America. Each Philmont Expedition or group must have at
least two BSA registered adult advisors for Scout groups,
one advisor must be at least 21 years of age: the second
advisor must be at least 18 years of age.
Each crew is required to have a majority of youth
participants, and the maximum number of adults (over 21)
is four (4) per crew. Participants 18 through 20 years of age
may be counted as youth or adult crew members.
Coed Venturing Crews are required to provide coed
leadership while en route to and from Philmont and while
hiking on the trails of Philmont. A Coed Venturing crew
must have at least one male advisor and at least one
female advisor, each of whom must be at least 21 years of
age. Male and female youth participants will not share the
same sleeping facility. Male and female advisors are
required to have separate sleeping facilities. Married
couples serving as adult advisors may share the same
quarters if appropriate facilities are available. Female
advisors must be responsible for female participants and
male advisors must be responsible for male participants.
When staying in tents, no youth will stay in the tent of an
adult other than his or her parent or guardian.
Expedition advisors must be physically capable of hiking
and camping in Philmont's high mountains for the length of
the expedition. Each expedition advisor is expected to
reflect high moral standards established by custom,
traditional values, and religious teaching.