The Philmont Training Center is an extraordinary learning experience for the whole family

Whether you’re looking to connect with BSA alumni, learn from other BSA commissioners or simply be a better Cub Scout leader, the Philmont Training Center has a course for you.

And while you’re in class, your family can enjoy a variety of Philmont activities led by the Philmont staff.

The PTC is currently taking reservations for this summer — and beyond. Read on for more information on the courses offered and what you can expect when you get there.

What kind of courses are offered at the Philmont Training Center?

At the time of this writing, there are more than 35 PTC classes that still have openings for this summer. Availability can change quickly — check the PTC’s registration page for up-to-the-minute options.

Some examples:

Take your Cub Scout leadership training to the next level with separate sessions for pack leadership and den leadership.

We’ve told you how important commissioner service is. All commissioners are invited to Commissioner Week, with nine commissioner-related conferences to choose from.

Some of Scouting’s biggest proponents are those who have experienced the program themselves. Learn how to identify, connect and engage BSA alumni at alumni relations training.

Interested in working on or attending an international Scouting event? There’s a conference for that.

Want to learn about sculpting? There’s a conference for that.

Want to learn about patch design? There’s a conference for that, too.

The Fly Fishing Philmont program is open to both novice and expert fly fishermen.

What does a week at PTC look like?

You’ll arrive and check in Sunday afternoon for most PTC courses.

Training sessions begin on Monday morning and continue throughout the week. Most conferences have a morning and afternoon session, with a break for lunch in between.

Evenings are reserved for fun and games, which vary through the summer.

You’ll leave Philmont (with a heavy heart, no doubt), on Saturday.

Meals are served in a dining hall or picnic style on the lawn.

You’ll sleep in a tent, with the option of upgrading to Philmont’s luxury deluxe tents, which include linens, bedding and furniture.

And while you’re getting trained, your family members can participate in the Kids and Kin program, which offers a variety of activities every day of the week, including shooting sports, rock climbing, hiking and museum tours.

This sounds great! Where can I learn more?

Learn more at the Philmont Training Center website. The PTC Orientation Guide will give you a great idea of what to expect once you arrive.

In addition to the training conferences, Philmont programs such as BSA Family Adventure Camp and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience fall under the PTC’s umbrella.

Is your summer already booked up?

Check out what’s happening at PTC in the fall, winter and spring.


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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.