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Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's oldest national high-adventure base. It is located near Cimarron, New Mexico. Its 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps provide an unforgettable adventure in the high country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. It covers 137,000 acres - about 214 square miles - of rugged mountain wilderness in the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico. Program features combine the best of the Old West-horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history-with exciting challenges for today-rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and rifle shooting-in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving outdoor fun.
Every summer, the Patriots Path Council organizes a 14-day trip to Philmont. Every couple of years Troop 88 will participate with a crew of 12 (9 scouts / 3 Adults), but scouts may also participate individually any year. Each Scout must be 14 years old by September 1 of the year he chooses to go to Philmont and should be at least a First Class Scout. Sign-up is about a year and a half before the trip and generally costs about $1700, but costs vary from year to year due to airfare and other traveling expenses.
There will be crew meetings and practice hikes during the year before the trip. Also, the council runs a mandatory training weekend (Watchu Weekend) the beginning of the May prior to the trip.
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