There are a number of different kinds of treks available. The standard trek is 12 days long and a short trek is 7 days long. Pricing varies and does not include transportation. Standard and short trek requirements include being 14 years of age or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade before the starting date of the trek. Treks are organized by Councils, Districts, and/or individual units. Treks, even those organized by individual units, may be opened up to multiple troops or crews to fill open slots.
In addition to going with a crew organized locally, there are several other ways to go listed on the site under "Individual Treks."
OA Trail Crew: This program is a 14-day experience for Arrowmen to join together in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the trails at Philmont. Under the direction of the Philmont conservation department, experienced Philmont staff members with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants. Arrowmen must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
Trail Crew: The Trail Crew Trek Program (TCT) is an exciting new program at Philmont Scout Ranch. This 14-day experience will help prepare participants to develop a path that will help them achieve the William T. Hornaday Silver Award upon return to their homes. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 16 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
NAYLE: The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is the ultimate in training experiences for youth leaders. It is conducted for older Scouts and Venturers who have the potential for being on the staff of the council junior leader training or youth leader training conference. Scouts and Venturers must be at least 14 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
Mountain Trek: Mountain Treks are six-day hiking expeditions through Philmont's wilderness backcountry. Groups of five to 10 young people (male or female crews) are led by experienced rangers into the backcountry wilderness. Treks begin each Sunday and coincide with the Philmont Training Center conference schedule. Young men and women must be at least 14 by the program start date but not 21 by its conclusion.
In all cases, participants must meet the high adventure medical standards including the height/weight standards established by BSA. Under no circumstances is anyone over 295 lbs permitted to participate because the rescue equipment is not rated for weights greater than that. Anyone going to Philmont who does not meet the medical/physical health standards on arrival will not be permitted to leave the base camp with the crew.