Philmont Individual Programs

In addition to regular expeditions for crews of seven to 12 members, Philmont offers several special programs that are available to individuals and smaller groups:

  • Rayado Trek
    Venturers who have mastered basic outdoor skills should consider applying for the challenging and selective Rayado Trek program. Rayado is unparalleled for developing outdoor leadership, group dynamics, wilderness problem-solving, and advanced outdoor skills. Participants will experience more of Philmont’s backcountry and will have program opportunities not available to expedition campers.
  • R.O.C.S. (Roving Outdoor Conservation School)
    The Roving Outdoor Conservation School is an exciting program for Venturers who have an interest in conservation and natural resource management. Each crew will participate in activities in some of the following areas: forestry, fire ecology, fisheries management, wildlife management, geology, watershed management, and range management.
  • Mountain Treks
    Mountain Treks are six-day hiking expeditions through Philmont’s wilderness backcountry. Groups of five to 10 young people (male or female crews) are led by experienced rangers into the backcountry wilderness. Treks begin each Sunday and coincide with the Philmont Training Center conference schedule.
  • Ranch Hands
    Ranch Hands is a program for Venturers who have knowledge of horsemanship and horse care and want to expand their skills and experience. After an eight-day work session, the Ranch Hands crew embarks on an eight-day Cavalcade under the leadership of a horseman and wrangler.  
  • Trail Crew Trek
    Trail Crew Trek (TCT) is a co-ed fourteen-day educational program focused on conservation and leadership development. TCT involves seven days of building trail, a seven-day educational trek throughout Philmont, hands-on experience with a variety of conservation projects on the ranch and visits from guest speakers involved in conservation and resource management. TCT provides a strong foundation for participants to become involved in service through conservation.   
  • STEM
    The STEM Trek is an exciting program for Scouts and Venturers who have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Get an up-close and personal look at Philmont’s most popular programs with specially chosen Rangers, Backcountry, and Conservation Staff as your guides throughout this 12-day co-ed trek. Come explore the modern and historical technology used across the ranch while gaining on insider’s perspective on how everything really works.   

For additional information about any of these special individual Philmont experiences, please contact Philmont Scout Ranch at 505-376-2281 or (For information about Mountain Treks, contact the Training Center at 505-376-2281 or