2022 Philmont Blog

Original 2022 Philmont Information Page is HERE.
Look for news and photos as the crews go on their adventure!
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Camping here for the night. Our campsite is by the water and we had pizza for dinner. We will drive the rest of the way to Philmont tomorrow.
Sunday, July 3, 2022
We got an early start with breakfast and were on the road at 8. Drove for about 8 hours and then arrived at Philmont. We got our tent assignment, dinner, and even had time to spare at the Trading Post. All in all a good day. Tomorrow is orientation, full check-in, Philmont museum, and more. Kids are having fun.
Monday, July 4, 2022
Today was our first full day at base camp and it was a good day overall. We went through orientation with our ranger. We also reviewed our trek on maps, mapped out a few days ahead trail-wise, and picked up food and crew gears. Scouts were weighing packs, figuring out who would get what crew gear, and more. We did medical checks to make sure everyone was ready for the trip. Group photos for Crew 1 and 2 were taken with the Tooth of Time in the background. The scouts also went to the Trading Post for various things such as gear, souvenirs, and more. The Scout leaders and adults did leader training as well. The weather was clear and sunny until dinner when it poured for around two hours. We ended the day by playing some frisbee and an evening program.



Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Today, Crew #1 hiked 3.8 miles to our first camp at Heck Meadows. It was hot and dry for the first half of the day and then it rained on and off for a few hours. We played cards under a tarp while it rained. Then we put our food up on bear ropes/bags and set up tents. After that we had dinner and relaxed at night, was a great day overall.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Today, Crew 1 had a short and hot hike between campsites. We set up camp with bear bags, rain fly, and tents. Then we relaxed and played some games. Most of the crew rode horses for a couple of hours. Kids enjoyed some of the camp activities as well. We had Chuck Wagon dinner at 5 and enjoyed coffee with some more games. Then we relaxed and prepared ourselves for the hike tomorrow.
Thursday, July 7, 2022
Today, Crew 1 did a long hike up to Schaefers Peak, Tooth of Time, and then back down. We covered roughly 12.5 miles and 3500 feet in elevation change. The day varied between hot, some rain, and cool shade in the forest. It was a challenging day but we all made it.



Friday, July 8, 2022
Today, Crew #1 went to Demonstration Forest and listened to a presentation on forestry. Then we saw a hunting lodge used by the original owners of the Philmont land. After that, we hiked to camp through the rain and over a stream many times. Went to bed early in preparation for an early rise tomorrow.


Saturday, July 9, 2022
Crew #1 left camp early in the day and arrived at Cyphers Mine. While at the mine we panned for gold. After that, we headed off to our next campsite. We hiked on one of the newer trails over to Sawmill Camp, it was about 7.5 miles of hiking. We enjoyed the rest of the day and spent some time drying out clothes from the previous day.
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Today, Crew #1 got up around 5 am and left at 7 am for our ranger-led hike through the Ute burn area. In the span of four hours, we covered 8 miles and went down over 1,000 feet in elevation. Then we shot at the archery range, ate lunch, and set up our campsite. After that, we spent the rest of the day at the laser gun range and enjoying our dinner before relaxing and turning in for the day.
Monday, July 11, 2022
Crew #1 hiked a total of 7.5 miles from Cimmarroncita to Santa Claus camp. The total incline for the trip was about 1,700 feet. Got to camp and reloaded shotgun shells at the firing range. We were able to shoot shotgun at 5 pm and we had 6 hits (skeet shooting). A storm rolled in shortly after and with it came wind, rain, and some hail. The temperature dropped to the lower 50’s. After that, we made dinner, chilled, and slept.


 Crew #2 reached the summit of Mount Baldy which is quite an accomplishment!
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Today, Crew #1 hiked from Santa Claus camp to Ewells Park, covering 8.5 miles with a 1,000 foot gain in elevation. On the way we were stopped at the Head of Dean where the scouts played volleyball and ate lunch. We had some light rain when we hiked out. About 2 miles out, we had to put a tarp on the trail because of the rain. After a bit we hiked to the Baldy Skyline camp where it poured. We set up the tarp once more as it rained and thundered. When the rain finally let up, we hiked up to our campsite for the night. After setting up tents and tarps, we cooked dinner and went to bed as early as possible and then it started to rain and hail.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
 Today, we got up at 5 am to climb Mount Baldy. We left camp at 6 am, climbed the peak at 11 am, and ate our lunch at the summit. After an hour at the top, we hiked down to Baldy Town for food and showers. After that, we hiked back to the camp. In total, we hiked 10.5 miles with an elevation climb of 3,200 feet.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Crew #1 got up late due to a conservation project at 10:30 am. We hiked 1.8 miles to Baldy Skyline for the project where we worked on clearing forest fuels for preventing wild fires. After working for 1.75 hours, we had to stop due to a thunderstorm. Then we ate lunch and hiked to the Head of Dean for a water refill. After that, we hiked to our final camp, Elkhorn, and ate dinner.
Friday, July 15, 2022
The crews got back to base camp today. We went out to a nice restaurant in town and had a delicious meal. We start our drive home tomorrow.
** SPECIAL – Crew 1 and Crew 2 group photos **