Register By Individual Fee $99
Location Philmont Length 4 days, 3 nights
Age Minimum 18
Crew Size Maximum 20 first-time adult advisors
Leadership Experienced Philmont Staff
Registration Anytime

What is PSR-PASS?

The Philmont Advisor Skills School conducted at Philmont Scout Ranch (PSR-PASS) is an exciting 4-day, 3-night program developed to help adult advisors confidently lead their crew in Philmont trek preparations. PSR-PASS participants will enjoy a full weekend of instruction by experienced Philmont staff to achieve a thorough understanding of the following:

  • Land navigation
  • Hiking etiquette and safety
  • Setting up a campsite in Philmont’s backcountry
  • Smellables and bear bag hanging
  • Dining fly and tent setup
  • Gas stove operation and care
  • Philmont’s backcountry cooking method
  • Dish washing and sump use
  • Campfire procedures
  • Efficiently breaking camp
  • Crew leadership positions
  • Physical conditioning
  • Travel to and from Philmont
  • Conducting a shakedown hike
  • Establishing a crew Philmont committee


PSR-PASS is held at Philmont Scout Ranch.


The cost to attend is and covers lodging, gear, eight meals, and PASS materials including the PASS Patch.


All adult advisors – whether registered for an upcoming trek, or just generally interested in learning more about Philmont – are invited to attend a Field-PASS course. To maximize learning opportunities and student-to-teacher ratios, only 20 adult advisors are accepted for each weekend course.


Dates for 2017 are not yet decided, but training sessions are typically hosted on weekends throughout September and October.

Revised on 3/16/2017


PSR-PASS features a one night adventure into the Philmont backcountry led by experienced members of Philmont's Ranger and Backcountry Departments and training sessions in base camp.

Day 1 (Friday) The program begins with receiving tenting accommodations and gear, then an introduction to Philmont to familiarize yourself with the Ranch and the training you will receive over the course of the weekend. You should plan to arrive at Philmont by 5:00 pm. Note: transportation to/from Philmont Scout Ranch is not provided, but you may be able to coordinate with other participants.

Day 2 (Saturday) Activities include a gear shakedown and base camp tour. Participants will be transported into Philmont’s backcountry wilderness. After hiking to a backcountry trail camp, the PASS Instructors will lead you in learning the fundamentals of camping at Philmont.

Day 3 (Sunday) Begins by wrapping up backcountry instruction and returning to base camp. Activities for Sunday include a tour of Waite Phillip’s summer home, the Villa Philmonte, as well as a classroom session regarding crew leadership positions and forming high adventure committees. The session will include materials to share with those at home. Additionally, the Tooth of Time Traders – The Official Philmont Store – will be open for gear and souvenir purchases. The day will conclude with a special dinner banquet to recognize your training.

Day 4 (Monday) Breakfast is provided and you are free to depart Philmont and bring your newly learned skills back to your crew.


Philmont will provide the following: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, cooking equipment, and typical crew gear (cooking pots, trail food, etc.). Participants need to provide their own clothing and personal items such as a headlamp, bowl, spoon, etc.


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.