Getting away and giving back, Philmont style

Give and you shall receive.

At this fall’s Volunteer Vacation at Philmont Scout Ranch, participants give a week of trail service and receive an unforgettable adventure in the captivating Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeast New Mexico.

The American Hiking Society and the Boy Scouts of America joined forces to craft this trail stewardship event, which will take place Sept. 23 – 29, 2012.

It’s a perfect combo. You do a Good Turn for Scouting, meet like-minded Scouters and Scouts, and spend a week at Philmont.

Sign up today! A week of trail building has got beat a week of building Excel spreadsheets.

Here are the details:

Volunteer Vacation at Philmont Scout Ranch


  • Saturday to Saturday — Sept. 22 to 29, 2012 
  • Boy Scouts, Scouters, Boy Scout Alumni, and outdoor industry professionals
  • Scouts who are under 18 must be accompanied on the trip by a legal guardian
  • Space is limited to 24 participants


  • Saturday, Sept. 22: Volunteers arrive at Philmont Scout Ranch Camping Headquarters, Cimarron, New Mexico
  • Sunday, Sept. 23: Crew departs Camping HQ and hikes to a backcountry camp, which will be basecamp for the rest of the week
  • Monday, Sept. 24 to Friday, Sept. 28: Trail Stewardship projects taking place in multiple locations
  • Friday, Sept. 28: Crew breaks down camp and hikes back to Camping HQ for the last night
  • Saturday, Sept. 29: Volunteers travel home


  • Free time will be included to ensure all volunteers have the opportunity to take advantage of the multitude of outdoor recreation activities in the area like hiking, fly fishing, and orienteering.
  • Volunteers will be led by experienced BSA and American Hiking Society crew leaders
  • All meals will be provided during the week


  • American Hiking Society members, $245
  • Non-members (includes a one-year AHS membership), $275
  • Youth (under 18), $175
  • Travel to and from Philmont is not included


5 thoughts on “Getting away and giving back, Philmont style

  1. This is really a fantastic opportunity for any scout, young or old, to get back to Philmont SR (or experience for the first time) in the best month to ‘Get Out and Give Back’ at Philmont. I was at PSR last year at this time, when we put this BSA/AHS idea together and to all hikers and trail stewards–this is it. Philmont is truly a hiking mecca so download the application and sign up while there’s still open slots. Yours in Scouting, Greg Miller AHS President and lifelong scout

      • Bryan, we now have several scouters signing up and I believe even a father/son combo to take advantage of this first-ever opportunity through American Hiking’s Volunteer Vacations program (now in our 4th decade of operations) to go to Philmont and do trail stewardship. Happy hiking! Greg

  2. I do not only see hiking as a sport or recreational activity. I think it also has a lot of spiritual and psychological benefits. Sangre de Christo’s Mountains! are an excellent mecca as Gregory puts it. Hiking these mountains is a lot of fun, and they can accommodate hikers at varying skills and expertise.

    One other hiking haven I realized is Utah National Parks. They also have a lot of fun activities.

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