Rayado Program and Scholarships

The Rayado Program, the ultimate Philmont experience, was originally modeled after the Outward Bound Program (and was once known as the Kit Carson Program) but has begun to more closely resemble the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Much more than just an extended Philmont trek, the Rayado program covers a full 20 days in the backcountry of Philmont where participants will:

  • Experience a number of challenges geared toward personal growth
  • Develop a sense of stewardship for the environment
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Receive instruction in advance wilderness skills
  • Learn teamwork among a diverse group
  • Expand their personal limits
  • Experience expanded and enhanced program opportunities
  • Participate in the “Personal Challenge” and the “Mountain Challenge” – both long standing Rayado program traditions.

Rayado Scholarships, administered by the Philmont Staff Association, are annually awarded to deserving campers who wish to take part in the Rayado program. Funds received for this purpose are set aside in a restricted account with only the interest being utilized. Scholarships generally cover the full cost of the Rayado program but a number of smaller partial scholarships are also available and every Rayado participant is encouraged to apply. Transportation to and from Philmont is the responsibility of the camper.

It is possible to fund a named scholarship. Named scholarships enable the donor to name the scholarship for a former staff member, a beloved advisor, a loved one who has passed away, etc… and is the perfect way to remember somebody who loved Philmont.

Donations to the Rayado Scholarship Fund are 100% tax deductible and all donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged each January with the appropriate IRS Donation Acknowledgment Letter