Form a crew of 7-12 adults and youth.
Register for the trek lottery in November, two years prior to your trek.
Lottery winners are notified after the first week in December.
Contact your local council and ask to join a contingent crew.
Unit reservation requests for 2016 Expeditions for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made online beginning Monday, October 27 thru Sunday, November 30, 2014.
Special Note: Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams, Venturing Crews, and Explorer Posts who have officially been on the *Reserve List for the past four years (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) will be given priority treatment. These units need to place a reservation request and the system will place their reservation before the other requests are randomly considered. Units who should have been eligible for this offer but have found alternate ways to allow their youth members to participate in 2015 (i.e. participating in a Council Contingent or joining another unit and participating as part of their reservation) should voluntarily withdraw from the 2016 reservation system and honor the minimum participation requirement of every other year.
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Each council has a guaranteed number of pre-approved council contingent crew reservations each summer. These units do not participate in the Philmont lottery. Council contingent crew participants typically come from multiple different troops. Contact your local council office to learn about contingent joining a contingent crew.
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