A week at Philmont is the ultimate family vacation

The Villa Philmonte (photo by "the third dream" on Flickr)

The Villa Philmonte (photo by "the third dream" on Flickr)

My first visit to Philmont was for one of the training center’s stellar family programs. It wasn’t my last.

During that week there, I met new friends, hiked in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and became inspired to return to Philmont again and again.

While my mom, older sister, and I enjoyed separate programs designed for our age group, my dad participated in one of the Training Center’s innovative conference sessions.

Looking back now, I’m grateful that my dad decided to bring the whole gang to Philmont. It was one of our best family vacations.

And besides, why should Dad get to have all the fun?

This year, the Philmont Training Center’s family programs are back for another fun-filled summer. So if you’re registered for a summer conference, don’t forget to bring your family.

The family programs are for everyone—from infants to spouses—and are led by trained, experienced staff members.

The fees for the family programs are more than reasonable and include conference materials, meals, and lodging:

  • Conference attendees, $470
  • Spouses, $340
  • Kids 14-20, $285
  • Kids 6-13, $225
  • Kids 5 and under, $180
  • Mountain trek, $345
  • NAYLE, $355

Compare those prices to a week at Disney World, for example, and you’ll see that it’s a great deal. And as an added bonus: You won’t find hourlong lines or crowded buses at Philmont.

Ready to sign up? Go to MyScouting and click on the “Events Reservation” tab. For more information, check out the PTC Web site or give them a call at 575-376-2281.


5 thoughts on “A week at Philmont is the ultimate family vacation

  1. Agreed! An amazing family trip!! Last summer I attended the OA Advisor Conference, which itself was terrific. I brought my 19 year old daughter, a Venturer who had never been to Philmont, my 17 year old Eagle Scout, who had been before, and my wife. My kids did the Mountain Trek together…and had a great time…even if they didn’t shower the entire week! My wife enjoyed the terrific Spouse programs, from crafts to hikes. And after class each evening, my wife and I headed out to hike together until dark. One morning we woke up at 2:30 AM to hike up a mountain, with staff, to see the sun rise. And we did some horse back riding in the beautiful countryside It was outstanding. A great family trip.

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