The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1950, PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.
In 2011, over 80 courses are being offered during eleven week-long sessions. Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. All registered Scouters are invited to attend training center courses; council approval is no longer required.
All courses are registered through MyScouting.org under “Events Registration”.
For more information about conferences or the Philmont Training Center, contact:
Philmont Training Center
Philmont Scout Ranch
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714
Carl Baumann’s guide to Philmont Training Center. Carl is a Mohawk volunteer and has attended Philmont Training Center each summer for many years.
Hello fellow Scouters! Are you looking for an exciting family adventure? How about spending a week at the Philmont Training Center, better known as P T C, where you can enhance your Scouting skills and have a great time while doing it. P T C is located in the beautiful foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico. The summer training schedule is 12 weeks long with over 80 one week long classes covering every aspect of Scouting – Cubs, Scouts, Venturing, District and Council level subjects both for volunteers and professionals. Classes are held in roomy, well-furnished and equipped classrooms and are conducted by experienced faculty.
Better yet, take your entire family along for a great vacation week.
The summer staff leads programs for all age groups that includes tours, handicrafts, back county hikes, and even overnight stays in the back county for the older kids. There are plenty of activities for spouses as well.
The week begins on Sunday evening at a campfire put on by the staff to introduce you to Philmont and all that available. You and your family will enjoy the skits and songs.
Housing is in large platform tents with two cots with mattresses, chairs, a wardrobe and electric lights and outlets. There is a large handicraft lodge, a laundry facility, and a day care facility for the little ones. Medical help is available 24-7 in case of emergencies. There are chaplains on staff representing various faiths. After dinner on Sunday evening and before the opening gathering in the program bowl there is a non-denominational chapel service. All are welcome. There are chapel services held every evening within walking distance in the three chapels at camp headquarters. Meals are served in the large dining hall. On Tuesday evening everyone dines on the famous buffalo barbecue that is served outdoors. This event includes games for the kids, a chance to have your boots or other items branded with the Philmont brands and later in the evening there is line dancing in the assembly hall. On Monday and Thursday nights there are crackerbarrels with sing-a-longs and a great variety of cobblers prepared and served by the staff and held in the Tent City office areas.
Wednesday is a day off from classes and there are lots to do and see. Base Camp is within walking distance where you may visit the Tooth Of Time Trading Post (bring lots of money) or the Seton Library and Museum. Down the road a short distance is the Rayado Museum and home of Kit Carson. Take a tour of the Villa Philmonte, summer home of the Phillips family. Or, you could wander back to Cimarron and visit the Old Mill Museum filled with local history, tour the historic and ‘haunted’ St. James Hotel, visit the Cimarron Art Gallery that specializes in Wood Badge items, or visit the other interesting shops and galleries in town. About an hours drive to the west is Taos with its many shops, galleries, and fine cafes. This trip takes you through the gorgeous Cimarron Canyon and the fun towns of Eagle Nest and Angle Fire. There is an awesome Viet Nam War memorial in Angle Fire. Wednesday evening is movie night and the classic Scout film ‘Follow Me Boys’ is shown in the assembly hall. Any time during your stay you may see lots of wildlife, buffalo, deer, elk, jackrabbits, antelope, raccoons, golden eagles, owls, and in the back county perhaps wild turkeys, bears, cougars or coyotes. At all times while driving in the area be watchful for the plentiful wild life.
Friday afternoon is graduation for the classes and Friday evening is the closing program put on by the staff and family groups.. This is a great opportunity for real family togetherness and fun and if time permits, Philmont is a great location for starting off on a longer vacation. Give this opportunity some serious thought. It is an experience of a lifetime. Have fun!