Important Philmont Information

Philmont Health Form

2018 Philmont Trip

The basic information about the trip is provided below, if you should have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or write.

Trip dates & cost

July 20-August 11 2018 (this includes the actual Philmont trek 7/28-8/9 and site seeing –see the tentative itinerary below).

The estimated trip cost is $1800-1900. Payment schedule: $300 by 9/18, $300 by 2/15/18 and the balance by 5/15/18. All check should be made payable to Troop 4 Clinton.

Medical Form

Attached is the Philmont Medical Form. All participants must have a physical exam within one year of participating in Philmont (8/9/18).


In order to make sure the kids are ready to complete the trek at Philmont we will conduct a number of training hikes to get the boys familiar with backpacking, their equipment and orienteering skills they will need.

Training hikes are designed to:

  1. Get the boys accustomed to backpacking – carrying 25-30% of their body weight on their back for 5-8 miles a day (depending on the Philmont treks the boys choose, this is what they can expect).
  2. Get the boys accustomed to packing for a trip; what’s needed, weight considerations, how their pack should be packed.
  3. Brush up on orienteering skills and practice backwoods camping.
  4. Working together as group.

We will schedule two or three more training hikes – All participants need to complete a minimum of three training hike.


Please let me know if you have any questions regarding equipment purchases. The major pieces of equipment are listed below.

Packs: The link below provide good information regarding for purchasing a pack. Since we will be carrying ten days’ worth of equipment, food and water the recommended pack size is 75L.

Boots: Most of the guys choose light weight hiking boots which have a shorter break in period and are more comfortable in hot weather.

Sleeping bag: Nights can be cold at Philmont so they recommend a 20 degree bag which weighs less that 5lbs and compresses.

Rain gear: Water proof, breathable and lightweight is best.

Tentative Trip dates and Itinerary

At this point the schedule is tentative; the only firm dates are the day we are at Philmont.

7/20 Leave Boston fly to Phoenix, camp at the Grand Canyon -2 nights

7/22 Leave Grand Canyon – travel to Zion NP, UT 2 nights– (visit Hoover Dam)

7/24 Leave Zion National Park travel to Mesa Verde NP, CO – 2 nights

7/26 Leave Mesa Verde – travel to Heron Lake State Park, NM – 1 night

7/27 Leave Heron Lake – travel to Pilar, NM – 1 night ( ½ day of rafting)

7/28-8/9 Hiking at Philmont

8/9 travel to William AZ camp at Homolovi SP – 1 night

8/10 Travel to Mesa, AZ camp at Apache Junction KOA – 1 night

8/11 Leave Phoenix