The arrival dates for 2005 12-day Expeditions are June 8 thru August 9. The cost for 12 day Expeditions is $495 per person. Arrival dates for treks of a shorter duration are August 10 thru 14. The cost for Short Treks is $44 per person/per day. The crew size is 7-12 members, including leaders.
Philmont Backpacking Expedition Reservations for the year 2005 will be accepted in two ways: Council contingent reservation and individual unit reservations.
Council Contingent Reservations for the year 2005 will be taken during September 2003. A reservation form will be mailed to each Scout Executive in August. Each council will be asked to freeze their reservation at or below their 2003 or 2004 level.
Philmont defines a Council Contingent as a "provisional expedition composed of Scouts, Venturers and leaders". Ideally, contingents should provide a "Philmont Experience" to individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend.
Philmont prohibits units from attending two years consecutively in either a 12 day Backpacking Expedition or a Cavalcade experience. In selecting participants for a Council Contingent, priority should be given to participants (youth & adults) who have never attended.
Individual Unit Reservations for the year 2005 will take place during October and November using a web-based registration process. A registration information packet with all the instructions for the new registration system will be mailed or emailed to all interested units in September 2003. Units may request this information by contacting Philmont Scout Ranch at 505-376-2281 x 225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAVALACADES - Participants of Philmont Cavalcades ride horseback over some of Philmont's most scenic trails. Designed for chartered troops or venturing crews, Cavalcade participants acquire riding and packing skills long in use in the American West. Philmont offers two eight-day, eight-night Cavalcades on each arrival date. (June 16, 17, 25, 26, July 5, 6, 14, 15, 24, 25, August 2, 3, 12, 13) The cost for 2005 is $526 for each participant. The crew size is 10-15 participants, including leaders. There is a 200 pound weight limit for all riders.
A random drawing will be held in January 2004 for 2005 Cavalcades. To participate in the drawing, notify Philmont in writing by January 1, 2004. Selected groups will be notified by mail and will receive a reservation form that must be approved by their local council. A group may not attend in two consecutive seasons, either a 12 day Backpacking Expedition or a Cavalcade experience.
Age Requirements for Participation - Philmont participants for both Expeditions and Cavalcades for 2005 must be 14 by January 1, 2005 or have completed the 8th grade and be at least 13 prior to participation. To avoid disappointment, please do not request or expect exceptions! Philmont can make no exceptions to the minimum age/grade attendance requirements.
Adult Leadership - A minimum of two adult leaders is required for both Expeditions and Cavalcades. The maximum number of adults per crew is four.
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