philmont service corps

join us for the inaugural session

Put Your Skills to Work in the Backcountry!

Join us as we kick off the Philmont Service Corps Project this fall.

The Philmont Staff Association and Philmont Scout Ranch are pleased to offer this brand new opportunity in the fall of 2023. If you are looking for a lower impact project to work on this is the volunteer activity for you. Work in and around Cimarroncito, enjoy home cooked meals prepped in the Cimarroncito kitchen, and have relaxing evenings in the backcountry after a hard days work.

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Philmont Service Corps Basics


Dates:  September 16-23

Investment: $160

Slots Available: 15 slots

Registration Deadline: August 17th, 2023

Who Can Attend?

This program is available to PSA members and their eligible family members. The minimum age is 16 years by date of participation. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of the PSA member. Please do not register anyone who does not meet these requirements. All participants must be members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Cimarroncito Maintenance

2023 work will focus on the maintenance in and around Cimarroncito. This will include any of the following projects depending on your specific skill set; painting/staining cabins, replacing light fixtures-transition to LED, maintenance around camp/on cabin roofs, climbing gym upkeep, and climbing wall upkeep. Your work will be instrumental in making this happen.

Participant Requirements

Be at least 18 years old by the date the program begins or 16 years old by the date the program begins if the child is a PSA member. 

Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, and have completed all required trainings

Be in good physical condition, able to hike 3 or more miles with a 20-pound backpack and able to lift and handle materials up to 50 pounds. (Philmont height and weight guidelines will be strictly enforced.)

Complete a Philmont Medical Form.

Tentative Schedule

September 16th – 23rd

Saturday: Arrive at Philmont during the day. First meal will be dinner in the PTC Dining Hall. In the evening, the Maintenance Department will begin the program with introductions and specific plans, gear & packing advice, and general Q&A.

Sunday: Breakfast at PTC and then depart for Cimarroncito. Get set up and have lunch. Following lunch, you will receive Philmont tools and start on individual or group work, and have fun.

Monday-Wednesday: Maintenance work depending on skill set (and more fun).

Thursday: Final wrap-up of maintenance work, clean up campsite/worksite, and then hike or ride to another campsite. The final campsite will depend on the number of participants, availability of transportation vehicles, weather, etc. Volunteers will spend the night at this new location, relaxing and enjoying traditional Philmont camping.

Friday: In the morning, possible side-hikes based on the location. By midday or early afternoon, Volunteers will be transported back to Base Camp. Friday evening’s dinner will be a celebration of the week and recognition for what you have given back to Philmont. Participants will be awarded the inaugural Philmont Service Corp patch.

Saturday: Depart Philmont after breakfast.

Please note: these schedules could change dramatically based on Philmont’s needs and weather conditions. We’ll keep everyone informed as the year progresses.


This program is available to PSA members and their eligible family members. The minimum age is 16 years by date of participation. Please do not register anyone who does not meet these requirements. All participants must be members of the Boy Scouts of America.

If females under the age of 21 years are registered, we will attempt to make accommodation for Youth Protection requirements. If we cannot meet Youth Protection requirements (having a female over 21 participate) we will return the entire registration fee.

The full Philmont medical form is required – the same 7 page form required for summer Trekkers. Please note, just because your doctor certifies you, it does not mean this program is for you. Philmont Service Corps requires extensive periods of standing, long hours, a good spirit, and a sense of humor. The PSA reserves the right to return the entire registration fee of any person who would be inappropriate for this program.

Registration Checklist

*Fill out PSA Philmont Service Corps Form below

*Send your check within 30 days to Philmont Scout Ranch with the appropriate notation “PSA Philmont Service Corps”

Please Note: The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

Philmont Service Corps Form

When signing up for the Philmont Service Corps you are required to fill out the form below.

Payments & Refunds

Register here on the PSA website, but…

Payment is made directly to Philmont , not the PSA

Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”

In the memo, please write: “2023 PSA Philmont Service Corps”

Mail check: 17 Deer Run Road Cimarron, NM

Philmont’s refund policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS OR EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis.