Breaking Camp

Breaking Up Camp

  • The Crew Leader should be responsible for waking the crew. A normal time to wake up is anywhere between 5:30 and 6:00am. People should pack up their personal gear first (sleeping bags, tents, etc.) then get the bear bags down and finish packing their packs.
  • Make sure you “fluff your duff” by returning the appearance of your tent site to what it was before your tent was placed. To rejuvenate the grass, pine needles, etc. that was under your tent, use your hands or feet to gently rearrange the material into a position that is more natural than the imprinted rectangle left by your tent.
  • Form a line with your crew to police the area, picking up all trash and making sure no gear is left behind.
  • Pack out cold ashes from campfire ring by using an empty meal bag. Ashes should be dispersed 30 minutes outside of camp and 100 ft. off the trail.
  • Some crews prefer to eat breakfast while hiking or 30 minutes down the trail as an extra incentive to get out of camp early.


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.