Philmont Advisor Skills School and Philmont Advisor Workshop

The Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) and Philmont Advisor Workshop (PAW) programs were launched during the fall of 2015 to better train adult advisors in how to prepare their crews for an upcoming Philmont trek. In the 2015-2016 tour: 1,152 adult advisors attended one of the 44 courses across the country. This equated to 19.6% of 2016 crews who had at least one advisor attend a PASS or PAW course. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive and the program has been expanded for the 2016 fall tour season. Six experienced Philmont staff from the Ranger and Backcountry departments were chosen to lead the 2016 courses and they are excited to help advisors “Be Prepared”.

There are three different types of courses to choose from: PSR-PASS, Field-PASS and PAW.

PSR-PASS

psr_passA 4-day, 3-night course at Philmont including an overnight excursion into the backcountry, a Base Camp tour, a tour of the Villa Philmonte and a special dinner banquet. This is the best way to learn all the hard-skills and Philmont camping methods directly from experienced Philmont Rangers and Backcountry staff.

The course cost $99 to attend and covers PASS training materials including the PASS patch.

Philmont offers seven PSR-PASS courses in fall 2016.

Field-PASS

An 8-hour, Saturday or Sunday course held in cities across the country with a high concentration of registered 2017 participants.

field_pass2Field-PASS participants receive a thorough understanding of the following topics:

  • Philmont-issued gear
  • Crew leadership positions
  • Physical conditioning
  • Travel to and from Philmont
  • Conducting a shakedown hike
  • Establishing a crew Philmont committee within their troop or crew
  • Hands-on set up of a campsite like they would in Philmont’s backcountry (bear bags, dining fly, tents), cooking, cleaning and sump use

The course costs $40 to attend and includes PASS training materials including the PASS patch.

Philmont offers 33 Field-PASS courses in fall 2016.

PAW

A 2-hour, weekday evening course held in cities across the country with a high concentration of registered 2017 participants. paw_madisonPAW participants learn about Philmont-issued gear, crew leadership positions, physical conditioning, traveling to and from Philmont, conducting a shakedown hike and establishing a crew Philmont committee.

The course costs $10 to attend and includes PAW training materials including the PAW patch.

Philmont offers 33 PAW courses in fall 2016.

If you know any adult Scouters who are planning a trek to Philmont in the near future, direct them to one of these courses. Courses will be from San Diego to Boston, Seattle to Orlando and nearly everywhere in between. Last year the travelling included 27,446 miles of driving, so keep an eye out for a white Philmont vehicle in your neighborhood as Philmont continues to deliver wilderness and learning adventures that last a lifetime.


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Schedule and Locations

The following schedule was correct and complete as of August 30th 2016. For the most complete and most correct schedule and location listing please consult Philmont’s PASS/ PAW page.

PSR-PASS

September

9th-12th, 16th-19th and 23rd-26th

October

7th-10th, 14th-17th, 21st-24th and 28th-31st

Field-PASS

September

10 – Orange County, CA
10 & 11 – Chicago, IL
11 – Los Angeles, CA
17 – San Jose, CA
17 & 18 – Minneapolis, MN
18 – San Francisco, CA
24 – Seattle, WA
24 & 25 – Kansas City, MO

October

8 & 9 – Nashville, TN
8 & 9 – Boston, MA
15 – Cincinnati, OH
15 & 16 – New York, NY
16 – Columbus, OH
22 & 23 – St. Louis, MO
22 & 23 – Washington D.C.
29 – Oklahoma City, OK
29 – Raleigh, NC
30 – Greensboro, NC

November

5 – Orlando, FL
5 & 6 – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
6 – Tampa, FL
12 – Atlanta, GA
12 & 13 – Houston, TX

PAW

September

7 – Denver, CO
7 – Phoenix, AZ
8 – San Diego, CA
14 – Milwaukee, WI
15 – Madison, WI
20 – Sacramento, CA
21 – Des Moines, IA
22 – Portland, OR
22 – Omaha, NE
26 – Spokane, WA
28 – Salt Lake City, UT

October

4 – Detroit, MI
5 – Little Rock, AR
5 – Pittsburgh, PA
6 – Memphis, TN
11 – Knoxville, TN
13 – Louisville, KY
13 – Hartford, CT
18 – Philadelphia, PA
19 – Cleveland, OH
20 – Indianapolis, IN
20 – Baltimore, MD
26 – Tulsa, OK
26 – Richmond, VA
27 – Wichita, KS

November

1 – Austin, TX
1 – Charlotte, NC
3 – San Antonio, TX
3 – Jacksonville, FL
8 – Baton Rouge, LA
9 – New Orleans, LA
10 – Birmingham, AL

 

 

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