First Day At Philmont

The first day of your trek is very busy with many Base Camp stops to ensure you are all set and ready for the backcountry. The general order of the first day is as follows:

Arrive at the Welcome Center

  • The earlier the better. Typically, crews that arrive before 10:00am get through the Base Camp procedures in one day.
  • Crew Leader and lead Advisor check-in and receive tent assignments

Meet your Ranger

  • Your Ranger will be waiting for you at the Welcome Center and they will meet your crew right after you are done getting checked-in
  • Your Ranger will be with you the entire day, guiding you through the Base Camp process to ensure you are ready to hit the trail the following day
  • They will go out into the backcountry with you for two nights and teach you everything you will need to know about having a safe and enjoyable Philmont trek

Drop off gear at your tents

  • Your Ranger will instruct everyone to bring water, raingear, and prescription medications with them through the rest of the stops in Base Camp
  • The lead Advisor needs to bring the crew roster, medical forms, payment paperwork, and Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications with them
  • The Crew Leader needs to bring an unmarked overall map and their Crew Leader Field Guide with them

Crew Photo

  • Extra photos can be purchased in the Camping Registration office
  • Can be taken in field uniforms or crew t-shirts

Camping Registration

  • Ranger and lead Advisor go inside while the rest of the crew waits outside the building
  • Any outstanding payments are made and certifications are checked.
  • The crew roster is turned in

Outfitting Services

  • Receive gear such as tents, bear bags, bear rope, pots, dining fly, etc.
  • Receive food for first few days of the trek
  • Purchase fuel needed for the trek

Medical Recheck

  • All crew members review their medical forms with Philmont Infirmary staff
  • All prescription medications including EpiPens and inhalers are needed at this time.

Mail Room

  • Any gear that was shipped ahead of time can be picked up


  • Your Ranger will run through a gear shakedown with your crew ensuring all necessary gear is taken on trail and all non-essential gear is stored behind in Base Camp

Logistics Trip Plan

  • Crew Leader and lead Advisor will be called into Logistics and will receive information about campsites, trails, program opportunities, water availability, horse rides, etc.

Other Important Stops

  • Stop by Security to receive lockers if crew did not use personal vehicles for transportation
  • Tours of the Villa Philmonte, Kit Carson/Rayado, and Historic Chase Ranch run all day
  • Lunch is at 11:30am
  • Dinner is at 4:45pm
  • Crew Leader, Chaplain’s Aide, Wilderness Pledge Guia, and Advisor’s meetings are held in the Hardesty Casa Central at 5:45pm
  • Chapel services begin at 7:00pm
  • Opening campfire meets at the Welcome Center at 8:00pm and begins at 8:15pm
  • Breakfast the following morning is at 6:30am
  • The first buses depart for the backcountry at 8:00am and the last buses depart Base Camp at 3:00pm. Typically, a crew departs for the backcountry approximately 24 hours after they arrive at Philmont. The earlier you can arrive, the easier the first few days will be.


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.